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Built with Beretta’s ultra-fast Blink operating system, the semi-auto 1301 Comp can deliver four rounds in less than a second. This shotgun’s ready for competition right out of the box with a 5+1 capacity.

Shotgun Guide: 10 Ultra Fast Smoothbores

These smoothbores are built to dominate at the range or on the battlefield!

Competition shooters have gravitated to 3-Gun in the past few years for several reasons: It’s fun and challenging, there are a number of variations, it replicates
practical shooting situations, and it requires a shooter to become familiar, if not an expert, with a variety of firearms. Plus there’s all the cool gear.

Much attention is given to the AR, the 9mm handgun and, in the increasingly popular Open, Outlaw Open and Heavy Metal divisions, 7.62mm battle rifles and larger-caliber handguns. When it comes to the shotgun, many shooters leave it for last, but it can make or break a competition. Lots of shooters started with a lot of gunsmithing and aftermarket products on tried-and-true semi-autos to get them tuned for 3-Gun matches. Today, many smoothbores have enlarged ports for quick reloads, tuned gas systems for fast, reliable cycling and sights optimized for quick target acquisition right out of the box. Here are some of the best available on the market.


Remington Versa Max Competition Tactical

10 Smoothbores TW Feb 2015 Remington Versa Max Competition Tactical

Remington Versa Max Competition Tactical

When Remington introduced the Versa Max line in 2010, it quickly became a favorite among hunters and shooters of all walks. The Competition Tactical model is based on the Versa Max Tactical and tuned to meet a 3-Gunner’s needs. It features an eight-shot standard magazine with a two-shot, carbon-fiber tube extension for a 10+1 capacity. With oversized controls, a green Cerakote receiver, an enlarged loading port, express dovetail sights and plenty of other features — including the Versaport gas system that regulates cycling pressure based on shell length and provides serious recoil reduction — it’s ready to go right out of the box (remington.com; 800-243-9700)


Benelli Performance Shop M2 3-Gun Edition

10 Smoothbores TW Feb 2015 Benelli Performance Shop M2 3-Gun Edition

Benelli Performance Shop M2 3-Gun Edition

Already a favorite of 3-Gunners, in 2013 Benelli USA introduced a version of its venerable M2 tactical shotgun fine-tuned for 3-Gun competition. Features include the company’s proven Inertia Driven system that runs cleaner than other gas systems, an oversized bolt release, an extended tactical-style bolt handle, a modified carrier and an enlarged loading port along with HIVIZ competition sights. A shooter couldn’t ask for a smoother-running semi-auto with such a stellar reputation already proven on many ranges and in countless tactical situations. (benelliusa.com)


Beretta 1301 Comp

10 Smoothbores TW Feb 2015 Beretta 1301 Comp

Beretta 1301 Comp

This semi-auto is designed for competition right out of the box with a quality standard shooters expect from a gun-maker like Beretta. It cycles extremely quickly, with Beretta’s proprietary Blink gas system capable of pumping out four rounds in less than a second. It handles like a shotgunner’s dream and has oversized controls, including the cocking handle and bolt-release lever, as well as enlarged loading and ejection ports. The receiver comes drilled and tapped for rail mounts, and the length of pull is adjustable to conform to individual shooting styles and clothing. (beretta.com)

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