Beretta Launching M9A4 Handgun, Enhanced 1301 Tactical Shotgun

Beretta is rolling out two updated versions of some of the most popular products for 2021 with the new M9A4 and Enhanced 1301 Tactical. These firearms are both staples for self-defense and duty built on years of proven performance.

The Beretta M9A4 builds on the M9A3, adding a redesigned slide machined for mini red dot sights, a feature becoming increasingly prominent with handguns of all sizes. Other features from the M9A3 carry over to the M9A4, including the Vertec-profile grip, slim grips and an extended, threaded barrel.

The M9A4 has a bronze finish on the slide and frame, a matte dark earth finish on the barrel and thread protector, flat dark earth grips to match the magazine baseplates and black controls. Like most other pistols in the 90-series, the M9A4 is a double- and single-action handgun with a de-cocker.

Beretta is going with a modified G-type de-cocker-only lever on the M9A4 with a low-profile contour on the left side and serrations for easier manipulation. When not in use, the M9A4 has blanks for the optics mount cutouts.

The M9A4 uses mounting plates that lock into the slide in order to be compatible with a wide range of red dot standards. It also comes standard with 3-dot tritium night sights.

Beretta is offering the M9A4 in three packages, one with 10-round magazines, one with 15-round magazines and one with 18-round mags. The suggested price for all three is $1,099, with real-world and online pricing likely under $1,000.

The updated Beretta 1301 Tactical semi-automatic shotgun has ghost ring sights, a short rail for small, low-profile optics, a railed forend for a light or other accessory and a full-length magazine tube for a proper 7+1-round capacity. Beretta is offering the improved 1301 Tactical with a tradition sport stock or with a pistol grip stock.

“We are proud to introduce the newest additions to the Beretta 1301 family,” said Beretta’s Erik Stern. “We have heard the feedback from our customers and spent the time to determine how to make the 1301 Tactical 922(r)-compliant and offer our customers the magazine capacity that they have been requesting for years.”

“The new pistol grip offering with a Mesa Tactical pistol grip stock allows for greater control and easier manipulation at the user level,” he said. “We are very excited to bring these new offerings to the market.”

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The shotgun features a cold hammer-forged, back-bored barrel, threaded for Optima chokes, an oversized charging handle, a large, highly texturized bolt release and an oversized reversible safety button for easy manipulation in all conditions.

One nice touch is that the magazine clamp offers two M-Lok slots and dual quick-detach sling swivels, one on each side. The MSRP for the standard model is $1,429, while the Mesa Tactical version is $1,449. Both should be a little less in stores.

For more information about these and the rest of the Beretta catalog, visit them online.

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About the author: Max Slowik is a writer with over a dozen years of experience and is a lifelong shooter. He has unwavering support for the Second Amendment and the human right to self-defense. Like Thomas Paine, he’s a journalist by profession and a propagandist by inclination.

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  • KC January 31, 2023, 12:23 pm

    I’ve had a Beretta 1300 on my buy list for years. The reason I haven’t picked one up yet, is because I would like it for home defense. I can handle a 12 ga. shot gun, but my wife and children cannot. Also a 12 ga. has too much penetration for home defense. The last thing I want to do is shoot through wallssss.

  • sfvshooter September 18, 2021, 10:34 pm

    The enhanced model looks identical to the LE version I picked up last month.

  • Arthur Sido September 16, 2021, 1:44 pm

    The increased magazine capacity for the 1301 is huge, that was my biggest gripe in the prior model.

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