The Pennsylvania Game Commission has recently awarded a contract to Beretta USA—a member of the Beretta Defense Technologies (BDT) alliance—to supply Beretta 1301 Tactical shotguns for use by its officers. The model was selected after an extensive testing and evaluation process. The first of the 250 shotguns ordered began to be fielded in May.
“The Pennsylvania Game Commission is excited to make this transition from our legacy pump shotgun and we feel honored to have the opportunity to work with a company like Beretta, who is known for quality, craftsmanship and customer service,” said Warden Travis Pugh, Enforcement Division chief of the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
The Beretta 1301 Tactical is designed for the modern law enforcement officer. Its barrel length of 18.5 inches and overall length of 37.25 inches makes the shotgun fast handling and lightweight. Magazine capacity is 7 rounds. The semi-automatic features an oversized charging handle, large textured bolt release, and an oversized reversible safety button. The 12 gauges can chamber either 2 3/4- or 3-inch shotshells and weighs 6.3 pounds.
“The transition to the 1301 Tactical has been greatly appreciated by the entire department,” noted Stefano Itri, vice president of BDT Sales. “The lighter weight, softer recoil, reduced muzzle rise, enhanced accuracy and faster follow-up shots require less training to master when compared to the pump action.”
Special features included on the Pennsylvania Game Commission guns include a Mesa Tactical Urbino stock with adjustable cheekpiece and a LimbSaver recoil pad. A mounted SureShell six-round carrier keeps reloads nearby and an integrated receiver-length aluminum Picatinny rail supports the mounting of optics, lasers or other accessories. A Nordic Components MXT magazine-tube extension, multiple swivel attachment points, forward Picatinny rail, and flat dark earth finish round out the package.