A semiautomatic shotgun is a tool, and as such it should be supremely functional. This doesn`t mean it can`t be graceful and well balanced, but it does mean it should never sacrifice function to form.
The new Beretta A391 Xtrema is the most purely functional autoloader I have ever seen. A new design (despite the A391 family designation), the Xtrema incorporates a wealth of features intended simply to make it work better. And it does.
First, it is built around its 3 1/2-inch 12-gauge chamber. This isn`t an existing design revised. To handle the higher pressures and stiffer recoil, it has a gas-operated system with rotating lugs that lock into the extended barrel. It becomes, in effect, one unit on firing. The operating mechanism is self-cleaning and will cycle with almost any load. You can stuff the magazine with everything from two-inch English loads to 3 1ž2-inch steel waterfowl loads, and it will operate every time.
The gun has interchangeable chokes designed to handle the heaviest steel, a built-in recoil reduction system that makes these loads manageable and a rubberized pistol grip and forend add to the comfort.
Combine this with being virtually corrosion-proof, and the Beretta Xtrema is ready to take on the toughest waterfowl, with the heaviest loads, under the worst of conditions. That should make even a duck hunter happy!
Beretta A391 Xtrema Troubleshooting
Gas operated, Semi-auto
12 Gauge (3 1/2 in shells - 89 mm chamber)
610 - 760 mm (Based on Model)
5, 12/70 - 4, 12/76 - 3, 12/89