When you start talking about shotguns, you’re going to hear names like Remington and Mossberg. You’re also likely to hear Beretta mentioned as well.
The company may or may not have the same breadth of models available that other manufacturers do, but that doesn’t mean that the Beretta A300 should be dismissed.
On the contrary, it is one of the most perfect shotguns on the market and is as reliable as any other firearm made by Beretta.
What is the Beretta A300?
The A300 is a simple shotgun, but despite its look, it is a sleek firearm that is impressive in its own right. Also known as the Outlander, this gun packs quite a punch.
The gun is constructed with a lightweight aluminum alloy and a wooden stock. It may not look it, but the shotgun is actually very tough and can take the heat.
According to Beretta, the “A300 is made of the proprietary steel blends that have made Beretta shotguns famous for their durability. The Mobilchoke barrel is designed to shrug off the pounding of heavy hunting loads, giving you a long-lasting tool that will work as long as you need it to. But in spite of its toughness, the A300 is light, feels lively in the hands, and easily follows your eyes to the target, thanks to the low-profile action.”
If you ever do get the shotgun wet, you’ll be happy to know that the gun has been given a water-resistant finish to prevent rusting. Any gun owner would agree that a feature like that is important.
According to Gunivore, “Beretta even customized the barrels to be able to handle heavy loads for a long time. One of the most underrated components on a shotgun is the trigger guard, and the A300’s are made with heavy-duty polymers and sealed with a wear-resistant finish to ensure their longevity.”
In case you’re interested, here is a quick breakdown of the shotgun’s specifications, too:
As far as gas operated semiautomatics are concerned, the Beretta A300 is sold thousands of times over across the globe. With such a simple design, they are both simple to maintain and repair if needed.
When you open the box that the Outlander arrives in, you’re going to see a tool that will be exactly what you expect. There aren’t unnecessary bells or whistles on this gun because it would not be practical.
Beretta honors the idea that having a fully usable gun is more important than adorning it in ways that would seem to hold no substance.
Consider the Sling Attachment
While this isn’t necessarily incredibly unique to the Beretta A300, if you can learn to use it properly, then your shooting can improve. Take a look at those little metal nubs that are on the stock and cap. That’s where you would attach a sling attachment. While they don’t look like much, they’re incredibly functional.
Attach sling attachments on the shotgun to provide some useful handling techniques for the gun while it is snapped on to the nubs. By using the sling attachment, you can do a few things that you might have not even thought of.
If you were to get an A300 without the nubs, you should seriously consider installing them yourself.
Sure, you can carry the shotgun with the strap. That’s a no-brainer. Did you also know that you can wrap the strap around your arm to provide you with extra support when you’re shooting, too? It’s true. You can. It’s called the hasty sling technique and helps the shooter feel more confident when they’re shooting.
A better way to use the sling is to use the speed sling technique. This way of using the sling is also known as the British two-point method. Its purpose is to create a more stable platform when you’re shooting as well as making it useful while carrying.
When you go out and shoot in the field or just for practice with a clay thrower, you have to choose how you’re going to shoot. You could be standing, kneeling, or in some other position that can compromise the stability of your firearm.
By knowing how to use the sling, you can overcome those issues and reestablish a stable shooting platform from which to fire.
What Makes the Beretta A300 Unique?
Many different features make the Beretta A300 a unique shotgun. To start with, they adapt very easily for right-hand or left-hand shooters. They come as right-handed shotguns from the factory, but it takes a quick minute to convert the gun to a left-handed firearm.
Something else that is also impressive is the way that there are spacers that allow you to adjust the various parts of the A300, so you never have to outgrow your Beretta. Imagine gifting a Beretta A300 as an older teen for a graduation gift. That teen will never outgrow the gun because of how adjustable it really is.
If you are interested, there are also aftermarket options available for the Beretta. The synthetic stocks have the ability to adjust a full inch and a half on the LOP. There are also three choke tubes that can be used with this gun.
You’ll also want to take particular note of the self-cleaning piston as well as the self-regulating and pressure reducing valve. Beretta also keeps their traditional single bolt finish. The woodwork is also nicely finished complete with a soft recoil pad.
If you were to decide to purchase the A300, then you’ll find that it functions perfectly as the kind of gun you can see yourself shooting clays with as well as hunting small game.
The look of the firearm is truly classic in every way when it comes to its appearance, and yet, it combines all of what current gun technology has to offer in a shotgun like this one.
Pricing for the Beretta a300
You can find good deals on it, too, from various storefronts. Places like Cabela’s, Bass Pro, and Dick’s Sporting Goods are prime locations to find deals that will end up costing you less than the suggested retail price.
You may even be able to find a pre-owned Beretta A300 at a local pawn shop for a better price. Even if you buy it used, you can still rest assured that the gun is going to stand the test of time and make it through whatever you decide to throw at it.
As with any firearm, make sure you clean the shotgun regularly and entirely. If you do that, it will last you for a lifetime.
How the Beretta A300 Compares Against Other Shotguns
You could absolutely buy a Remington 870 or a Mossberg 500 and pay less for either of those than you would for the Beretta A300, but the question is whether or not you would want to actually do that.
Here’s the thing. The Beretta is adjustable and has various options available to customize the feel. Most of those customizable options come with the gun from the beginning.
On the Mossberg or the Remington, there’s a significant price difference if you want to be able to change the gun at all. Interchangeable barrels are more as are the stocks if you were to get a shotgun from Mossberg’s Flex series.
All three gun manufacturers can claim a long lifespan, but the reality of it is that Beretta is one of the oldest firearm manufacturers in the entire world. They have more experience than Remington and Mossberg combined.
Add to that the way that the Beretta A300 can go from left to right-hand gun and you’re golden. The Remington doesn’t convert that way. You would have to order it to be either a right-handed or left-handed gun.
The Mossberg 500 has an ambidextrous feel to it, which is great, but it’s not personalized to your fit and feel like the Beretta would become.
Then the A300 is available in what you could call an upgrade also known as the A400. According to Gunivore, the A400 is a premium edition of the same style you would see in the A300. The differences lie in the features.
They both have those incredible self-cleaning pistons that Beretta engineered, and they are both excellent shotguns for waterfowl hunting or clay shooting. In the author’s expert opinion, the A300 may even be better than its upgrade.
Real Reviews from Real People
Phil Bourjaily with Field & Stream had nothing but words of praise for the Beretta A300. “When people ask me what all-around shotgun they should buy I like to recommend an affordable semi auto that won’t give them problems. Until recently, that gun was the Beretta 3901, a U.S. made version of the venerable Beretta 390 that sold for $645. I bought one for my kids to shoot and when Beretta announced that the 3901 would be replaced by the A300 for $100 more, my first thought was to wish I had bought a second, per the advice of Gene Hill in Field & Stream years ago: “When someone makes something like, buy two because they will either discontinue it or change it.” It turns out Beretta has replaced the 3901 with a gun I really like, and, at a list of $725 it still counts as “affordable” when measured against top-of-the-line semi-autos costing twice as much.”
Gun Mart has a similar stance. “In my own personal opinion whilst the Outlander is a genuine straightforward semi-auto that encapsulates everything you could possibly want in an all-around single-barrelled 12-bore, the basic bundle needs tweaking… Don’t get me wrong, the Outlander is a great shotgun to shoot and did everything I asked of it with bags of capability still in hand.”
You’ll find some other positive commentary over at Duck Hunting Chat. One person in particular, Cajun1, left a review stating, “I’ll give a 2nd hand review to my 12 year old son’s A300. He saved his own money that he busted his butt for all summer and bought a new A300 in August. So far it has cycled everything he (and I) have put through it. 2-3/4 dove loads, from Winchester Experts to Rio to Estate to Federal and even some govt buckshot. No issues whatsoever and he shoots it very well. Also, just my review and .02 on the gun.”
What We Think About the Beretta a300
The bottom line for us is that the Beretta A300 is a substantial investment. It is reliable, durable, and can shoot round after round without having issues. We also love that it is adjustable and will grow with its owner if needed.
It may be simple in design, but every ounce of design has purpose and practicality in mind. This is the gun that you can go hunting with or engage in a clay shooting competition with a real chance to win.