The Pennsylvania Game Commission has just added a new tool for their officers – the Beretta 1301 Tactical Shotgun. The Beretta 1301 was recently reviewed over on TFBTV by James Reeves who has dubbed it “The Best Shotgun for the Money.” It would seem that the PA Game Commission agrees as the organization just started fielding their 250 new 1301 shotguns during May of this year.
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Beretta 1301 Tactical Shotgun Adopted by PA Game Commission
Accokeek, MD (June 7, 2021) – Beretta USA, a member of the BDT alliance, was awarded a contract to supply the Pennsylvania Game Commission with a customized Beretta 1301 Tactical shotgun after an extensive testing and evaluation process. The 250 shotguns began to be fielded in May of this year.
“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”, added Warden Travis Pugh, Enforcement Division Chief of the PA Game Commission.
“The transition to the 1301 Tactical has been greatly appreciated by the entire department”, said 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”.
The Beretta 1301 Tactical is designed to meet the needs of the modern law enforcement officer. With an 18.5” barrel and a compact overall length of only 37 1/4”, this lightweight shotgun is fast handling yet controllable. Magazine capacity is 7+1. Beretta’s reliable, field-proven, semi-automatic shotgun features an oversized charging handle, large textured bolt release, and an oversized reversible safety button. The integrated BLINK gas operating system allows the 1301 Tactical to cycle 36% faster than any other shotgun on the market. Special features of the Pennsylvania Game Commission shotguns include a Mesa Tactical Urbino® stock with adjustable cheek piece with LimbSaver® recoil pad and a SureShell® six-round carrier with an integrated receiver length aluminum Picatinny rail to support mounting 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.
While game wardens aren’t your typical Law Enforcement Officers, they do still face a certain amount of danger when going about enforcing laws throughout their states. The Beretta 1301 Tactical Shotgun seems like a good fit for a Game Commission officer. Although rifles seem to have become the standard as a more powerful option when a pistol won’t do, tactical shotguns can still be found in patrol vehicles across the nation.