Competitive shooting and upland hunting are the heart and soul of Beretta’s shotgunning efforts—but there’s little doubt the world’s oldest firearms company knows how to make a good semi-auto for the duck marsh. The new A400 Xtreme, which has a 3 ½-inch chamber, has been designed inside and out to hold up to the rigors of hard-core waterfowling.
European shotguns are designed to be held under the target. This makes shooting and hitting much easier than obscuring the target with an American flat-ribbed shotgun, which sometimes happens in a hurried shot and results in nothing more than poking a hole in the sky. It’s much easier to hit a target you can see than one you can’t.
How would you like a semi-auto shotgun that shoots any type of 12-ga shell – one that can fire four shots in less than one second? And that is soft-recoiling and leaves your shoulder feeling perfectly comfortable even after a marathon duck-hunting session in the marshes or a long day at the clay range? The A400 Xtreme Unico does this and much more. Add its superior resistance to salt spray, flawless fit and finish and the best materials in the world–and see why this shotgun is the definitive choice for the serious waterfowl hunter.
The A400 action is truly revolutionary in the history of the semi-automatic shotgun. Thanks to the proprietary Blink technology, it shoots 36% faster than any other system, meaning that your follow-up shots will always be faster than any high-flying duck, goose or clay target. It is low-profile and light weight (while being super-durable), giving you superior natural pointability. It has built-in rails, so that you can even equip it with the optics of your choice for turkey season. And its reliable feeding of any type of 12-gauge shell — lead or steel, mild 2 ¾” to hard-hitting 3 ½” magnums — gives the A400 the versatility of a do-it-all shotgun.
The A400 Xtreme Unico features not one, but several of today’s most advanced recoil reduction systems right out of the box. Laboratory tests have shown two distinct peaks in recoil. The explosion of the ammunition is the first; the impact of the bolt against the receiver is the second. Kick-Off 3 is a third hydraulic damper that cushions this stress on the mechanical components and further reduces recoil. Also, the A400 Xtreme Unico is designed to recoil parallel to the cheek mount, which also reduces felt kick while giving you faster follow-up shots. Altogether, these recoil-reduction devices decrease felt recoil by 70%, meaning that you can enjoy a longer day at water’s edge or at the range without any discomfort.
Beretta makes the best barrels in the world. Starting with proprietary tri-alloy steel (Ni/Cr/Mo), the metal goes through a unique manufacturing process. Deep hole drilling, cold-hammer forging and vacuum distension create the very best ballistic performance available. Beretta has also introduced Optima-Bore HP geometry, conceived to offer the best ballistic performance available, even with steel shot. The shot pattern remains perfectly uniform whatever the shell size or load. Optima-Bore HP choke tubes further enhance the effect.
Something else that won’t fail to impress you about the A400 Xtreme Unico Camo is its finish. The camo pattern is flawless and covers even the corners and recesses that would be left out in a lesser shotgun. But what’s even more impressive is that, thanks to Aqua technology, the steel parts of the A400 Xtreme are highly resistant to corrosion, water and salt-spray, which make this shotgun a champion of durability even in the most ‘Xtreme’ hunting conditions.
Frigid rain, driving sleet, blinding snow and relentless salt spray — hardcore waterfowlers live to hunt in Xtreme conditions and so must their shotgun. All of the features we have addressed combine to produce the Beretta A400 Xtreme’s never quit, show no mercy attitude that will reign in the most Xtreme conditions imaginable. Know No Limits — Go Xtreme.
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