Beretta A400 Xcel Sporting Wins “Shotgun of the Year” from American Hunter


Beretta USA is the proud recipient of the prestigious 2012 NRA Golden Bullseye Award for “Shotgun of the Year” from American Hunter Magazine for the A400 Xcel Sporting shotgun. The National Rifle Association presents the Golden Bullseye Awards for products that epitomize excellence and innovation in the firearms and firearms accessories industry. “It is an honor to have our newest sporting shotgun, the A400 Xcel Sporting recognized by the NRA, and it is with great pride that we accept the prestigious 2012 Golden Bullseye Award for ‘Shotgun of the Year’ from American Hunter Magazine,” said Ryan Muety, Director of Marketing and Consumer Direct.

The A400 Xcel sporting shotgun from Beretta features many of the same innovative technologies found on the ground-breaking A400 family of shotguns. These three revolutionary shotguns share: the Blink operating system that allows the shotgun to cycle 36% faster than any inertia driven system; the recoil dissipating Kick-Off system which reduces felt recoil by 60%; the lightweight Micro-Core recoil pad and the very best cold-hammer forged barrels in the world featuring the Optima Bore HP geometry, delivering unparalleled ballistic performance.

Competition shooters however will find three features unique to the A400 Xcel; the pioneering Gun Pod, the Balance Cap System and the receiver, both of which feature a unique finish exclusive to Beretta. Available as both a standard feature and as an aftermarket addition, the Gun Pod delivers a digital readout of the ambient air temperature, the cartridge pressure of the round fired and the overall number of rounds fired through the shotgun; vital information the serious shooter cannot live without.

Three interchangeable weights comprise the Balance Cap System allowing shooters to achieve that perfect point where the shotgun becomes but an extension of them. An anodized finish on the balance cap protects the system from the elements allowing the shooter to compete anytime, anywhere.

Chambered for 2 ¾” and 3″ shells, the Xcel performs time and again from the endless practice rounds to that final round, making it the perfect semi-automatic competition shotgun. The royal blue anodized finish featured on the receiver, as well as on the balance cap, announces to the world that you chose the Beretta Xcel.

Beretta, established in 1526, is the oldest industrial dynasty in the world tracing its roots through 16 generations of continuous family ownership. Firearms bearing the Beretta name have been sold for almost 500 years. Beretta USA Corp. was founded in 1977 and supplies the standard sidearm to the U.S. Armed Forces. Today, Beretta manufactures, distributes and markets a complete line of firearms, accessories and apparel. Beretta also owns and operates six retail Beretta Gallery stores worldwide. For additional information, visit

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