Shotguns need to be cleaned like any other tool or item that you use frequently. Some gun owners just don’t realize that every time they fire their shotgun, it leaves a little bit of residue inside the barrel, action, and chamber of the gun. This residue is actually made up of tiny particles called “fouling” which come from the shells that you’ve fired. The fouling particles are generated from the used birdshot, buckshot, slugs, wad, and gunpowder. Each time you fire a shell, a little bit of this residue is left behind inside the shotgun. If you don’t clean up the residue on a regular basis, it will build up over time and eventually impair the functionality of the weapon. In addition, excessive sweat and moisture build up in the shotgun could cause the weapon’s metal parts to become corroded. Once this happens, these parts of the gun will become rusty and cause your gun to malfunction.

There are four types of fouling you’ll commonly find inside a used shotgun; carbon, copper, lead, and plastic. Carbon comes from the burnt gunpowder which is used to propel the ammunition out of the chamber and through the barrel. You don’t usually see the carbon particles, but they spread inside the chamber and even get on the shooter’s hands. Copper particles may be there after you shoot if the slugs are jacketed with copper (sabot slugs). As for the projectiles inside of the shotshells, they are all typically made out of lead material. This means when you fire the shotshells in your shotgun, lead residue from the projectiles will get left in your barrel after you fire them. And finally, the plastic from the wads of the shells will create plastic residue that gets left behind as well.

When searching for the best shotgun cleaning kit, there are three cleaning kits in particular that you should pay attention to because they are affordable and highly regarding amongst gun enthusiasts. They are the Beretta Shotgun Cleaning Kit, the Tetra ValuPro III Shotgun Cleaning, and Hoppe’s No. 9 Cleaning Kit. All three of these cleaning kits can be purchased online and shipped right to your doorstep. Some of these cleaning kits cater to specific shotgun brands and calibers while others are more versatile and can be used to clean multiple types of shotguns. But no matter which one you choose, it will certainly be worth the investment in order to sustain the life expectancy and functionality of your shotguns.

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Beretta 1301 Comp – New Semi-Auto Shotgun for 3-Gun and Practical Shooting

Photos by Roberto Vezzoli

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One of the advantages of participation in competitions is that you can see the latest techniques and equipment used by other competitors.

This post is about very interesting new shotgun from Beretta. It is not yet available for purchase, but I had a chance to see it on the World Shotgun Championship 2012. Roberto Vezzoli, Champion of Italy in Standard division used Beretta 1301 Comp on the match.

Beretta 1301 Comp designed especially for 3-Gun and practical shooting. It has many features which make it one of the best semi-autos for competition shooting. And the best thing is that you can use it immediately after the purchase – all competition upgrades are already installed.

Roberto Vezzoli with Beretta 1301
Roberto Vezzoli with Beretta 1301

Roberto was very kind to answer questions about Beretta 1301 Comp shotgun. He was very satisfied with it. I’ve had a chance to see it and I want to tell you that this shotgun is great and ready for competition out of the box.

Beretta 1301 Shotgun
Beretta 1301 Shotgun

Beretta 1301 Comp has improved ergonomics such as oversized Safety, Bolt Release Button and Bolt handle:

Beretta 1301 Oversized Controls
Beretta 1301 Oversized Controls

These parts are usually upgraded by competition shooters. Now you have them improved out of the box. This is really good because you don’t need to spend money buying them and time installing them. Factory upgrades are really good and well thoughtout.

Beretta 1301 10x8 Step Rib
Beretta 1301 10x8 Step Rib

Beretta 1301 Comp Versions

Beretta 1301, Different Versions
Beretta 1301, Different Versions

You can get Beretta 1301 Comp with magazine extension installed.

Beretta 1301 Comp Magazine Capacity

Beretta 1301, Magazine Capacity
Beretta 1301, Magazine Capacity

Extended version is the best for competition and 3-Gun shooting. Magazine capacity is enough. Actually 10+1 would be better for practical shooting but this would make shotgun longer.

Another good advantage is that edges of the receiver in the shotgun’s loading port are extended to make it easier to load rounds.

Beretta 1301 Comp is really good semi-auto shotgun which was designed especially for practical and 3-Gun shooters. I am sure that it will be one of the most popular shotguns in Standard division in Practical Shooting and in 3-Gun matches. Beretta 1301 Comp will enable you to participate in competitions immediately after the purchase. You have all the must have competition upgrades installed from the factory.

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