When a gun in my arsenal reaches a certain level of confidence, the configuration of the gun gets frozen, the accessory and optic screws get loctite’d, then gun is loaded and placed in a ready mode.
My Beretta 1201FP has reached that point:
I added the Benelli 60046P stock on a whim, but damn, has that decision paid off. The third contact point takes the sting out of launching a slug, and allows the shotgun to be maneuvered one-handed with ease. I have not tried shooting the gun one handed, I don’t like stress fractures.
I generally prefer beads on shotguns, but I’ve come to appreciate the Beretta’s rifle sights. They’re rather low profile compared to Remington sights, and the front bead is a shiny gold that collects light and attracts the eye. They may be a touch slower than a bead, but the added precision and confidence with slugs is worth it.
Because working the bolt only ejects the round in the chamber at the time and does not advance another round from the magazine tube, the select slug drill only downloads the gun by one shell, as opposed to two with a pump or 1100. You simply hold the bolt back and wipe in a slug from underneath. Simple!
I bought a Tac-Star sidesaddle for it, but ended up not using it. It turns out that the model they advertise for the Benelli M1S90 is not similar enough to the Beretta 1201 to mount properly. While it was secure, it was cockeyed, and offended my sense of aesthetics. And since the Beretta is a recoil operated shotgun, I didn’t want any extra mass working against me if I run low-recoil buckshot in the future.
I still haven’t noodled out a good way to attach a white light. Right now I’m leaning towards drilling the hand guard and screwing on a Weaver base. I’m not going to go the clamp-on route, since they never stay put, the Berettas barrel is too thin, and the shrouded magazine tube is too thick!
I know that carbines like the AR and AK hold more ammo, are more accurate and are able to reach out farther, but there’s just something intrinsically satisfying about launching a swarm of random death with each press of the trigger.
If you arrived here from google or a forum, please check out my Beretta 1201 followup.