Beretta always seems to have one of the busiest booths at the NRA show and this year was no exception. One of the primary draws was the introduction of their new A400 Xtreme Plus semi-auto shotgun. It’s designed for hard-core duck and goose getters who hunt in some of the most, well, challenging locations in North America.
The shotgun’s based on Beretta’s proven A400 Unico platform. For the Xtreme Plus, they added a variety of new features designed to reduce felt recoil even when shooting those heavy goose loads.
First among them is a 14-inch forcing cone in the shotgun’s Steelium Plus barrel. Then, Beretta’s combined two of their Kick-Off areas — one on the pistol grip and one the front of the stock — with a soft comb to cushion your cheek and minimize felt recoil.
To make operating the A400 Xtreme Plus easier in cold weather with gloved hands, they’ve used an enlarged charging handle and a long bolt release that’s easy to engage. Beretta’s also enlarged the loading port and used a longer lifter to avoid dreaded thumb-bite.
To demonstrate the toughness of the new shotgun Beretta’s sending five of them on what they’re calling the Beretta Torture Tour. Twenty hunters sharing five A400 Xteme Plus shotguns will hunt birds in four of North America’s busiest flyways that feature some of the most inhospitable conditions starting next fall. They’re planning to document the hunts and report back on how the guns did at next year’s NRA meeting.
To ensure that the same five guns are used in all of the hunts, they branded them there for all to see (and smell) in the booth.
For our part, given our experience with Beretta shotguns, we don’t doubt the guns will bear up quite nicely. But we’re jealous as hell of the hunters who’ve been chosen to go on those hunts.