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Beretta A400 Xplore Action J40AA88 28 Gauge, $1550

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Very responsive with rapid cycling, this handsome shotgun was a pleasure to shoot. Dense patterns indicated greater long-range capability than one might expect.

Beretta A400 Xplore Action J40AA88 28 Gauge, $1550

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Action Type
Chamber Length
Choke Tubes
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Receiver Material
Rib Width
Stock Material
Length of Pull
Drop at Comb
Drop at Heel

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Shotguns are supposed to be pointed rather than aimed (unless you are hunting with slugs or working against a pattern target). Helping this was the Xplore's light-gathering filament, which was bright, clear, and firmly attached.
The quality of the Beretta's wood and the way it is sculpted was gorgeous. Despite the forend being almost entirely checkered except for company's logo, the distinctive multi-color wood grain showed through.
The word Blink appears on the bolt. Indeed, trigger response and cycling was so quick and crisp the Beretta Xplor Action felt more like an over/under than a semi-auto.
The combination of grain color and surface texture added in our view to the value if not the pleasure of shooting the Beretta. Sculpting capped with an open cell foam buttpad contributed to shooter comfort.
The Beretta featured a rotating bolt, dual action bars, and large ports to keep the system clean.

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