Beretta A400 Xcel: the Fastest, Lowest-Recoil Clay Buster


The A400 Xcel is a 12-gauge competition shotgun that is faster-cycling, softer-shooting and better balanced than anything else on the market.
Built on the revolutionary A400 action, it delivers follow-up shots 36% faster than any other brand, while its advanced recoil-reducing systems make it absolutely pleasant to shoot, even on demanding all-day competitions. Its sleek lines and superior ergonomics are designed with one goal in mind: letting the A400 naturally follow your eye to the target. This is why it has quickly become a favorite among serious competitive shooters the world over.

Built on Today’s Most Advanced Semi-Automatic Action
The A400 action is the culmination of Beretta’s centuries-old experience and passion for shotguns. It feeds reliably all types of shells from 2 ¾” to 3,” with loads ranging from target-light to hard hitting–making it also suited for the occasional upland or waterfowl hunt. Also, it features the unique Blink technology, a gas-operating system that is capable of delivering two shots in less than half a second, while also integrating an easy-maintenance self-cleaning piston. Furthermore, the action has sleek lines and a low profile, meaning that the vertical distance between the dominant eye and the supporting hand is reduced to a minimum. The result? A gun that follows your swing like an extension of your body and eyesight–and many more broken clays.

Extremely Low-Recoil
There are no two ways about it: felt recoil is only a liability and the less of it, the better. TheExtremely-Low-Recoil A400 Xcel incorporates several recoil-reducing systems operating simultaneously to make recoil virtually negligible (70% overall reduction). One is a hydraulic shock absorber that softens the rearward energy from the action’s moving parts, which minimizes felt recoil while reducing wear within the receiver. Another is a Micro-Core buttpad that all but neutralizes the recoil generated by the power of the cartridge. Also, the A400 is designed to recoil parallel to the comb, meaning no thump to the cheek and minimal muzzle rise.

Durable, Easy and Quick to Clean
The A400 Xcel’s cold-hammer forged barrel is made of nickel-chromium-molybdenum steel (Beretta’s “Steelium”), a proprietary formula engineered for consistency, toughness Easy-and-Quick-to-Cleanand durability. The bore is chrome-plated to facilitate cleaning and minimize wear and corrosion. And the new Optimabore HP choke tubes are particularly easy to remove–even after several thousands of rounds. Lastly, the new, improved gas piston makes assembly and disassembly a matter of seconds. All these are reasons why when your competitors see you approaching with the A400 Xcel’s telltale bright-blue receiver, they will know you have the absolute best–and they will know who the winner is.
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A400_XCEL_GP_3QT_R_BOTTOMIf you are a die-hard trap or sporting-clays competition shooter, check out the A400 Xcel Parallel Target, a version of the X400 Xcel optimized for these two disciplines.

Pointer invites you to prove this amazing innovative gun.

You should be the next one!

Pablo Aguiló.
Pointer Outfitters.


Traveling outside of the U.S. – Temporarily taking a firearm, rifle, gun, shotgun or ammunition abroad for hunting purposes

What is the process for a traveler temporarily taking a firearm, rifle, gun, shotgun or descargaammunition abroad for hunting or sports-related purposes?

Current export regulations issued by the Department of State require travelers to file electronic export information (EEI) for temporary export of personally owned firearms via the Automated Export System (AES) prior to departure from the United States. CBP is aware of issues that travelers are having with the implementation of this regulation and is working to ensure that no traveler attempting to legally take their firearm out of the country experiences significant delays or incurs additional cost. Because of these issues, we are temporarily suspending implementation of the regulation as we work with our government partners to modify the AES system to make it more user-friendly for individual travelers. In the interim, CBP will continue to follow their long standing practice of issuing and certifying a Certificate of Registration (CBP Form 4457). During this time, when a traveler contacts CBP to register their firearm for export and reentry, CBP will:

  • Complete a CBP Form 4457 to ensure a problem-free return to the U.S., and Provide a fact sheet about the regulation and how to comply in the interim.

If you need to complete a form 4457in the course of your travel, please give yourself enough time to do so, 2-3 hours is a good estimate. You also have the option of registering in advance at a CBP Port of Entry. Once the CBP 4457 is completed, it can be used repeatedly for that particular firearm.

CBP advises travelers to become familiar with the import requirements of the foreign country(s) that they may be traveling through or visiting. Those countries may have more restrictive laws and regulations regarding the use of firearms within their countries. For many countries that do allow the temporary importation of firearms, the CBP Form 4457 is required for entry of a U.S. owned firearm into their country. (Canada does not require it, but it does facilitate the temporary importation. Be sure to become familiar with Canada’s import requirements.)

Please note, if you are taking ammunition, and there is a possibility you will not use it all and would like to re-import it, your 4457 should reflect the kind of ammunition you are departing with.

Upon returning to the United States, the traveler will make a regular declaration regarding the personal effects and goods that they are carrying and ensure that they declare any firearms and ammunition. To satisfy the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives requirements for the re-importation of a firearm please refer to 27 CFR 478.115(a). The ATF regulations allow for the use of the CF 4457 upon re-importation, and does not require an approved import permit (ATF-6), provided that CBP is satisfied that the firearm was previously exported from the United States and is now being returned. To establish such proof, a bill of sale, receipt, copy of ATF Form 4473, household effects inventory, packing list, or registration on Customs Forms 4457 or 4455 may be used, if the registration form is completed prior to departure from the U.S. For military personnel, a properly executed Department of Defense Form 12521 signed by either the serviceman’s commanding officer or an authorized Customs officer may be used. The acceptability of such proof is within the purview of the Customs officials at the port of entry.

Sunflower dove hunt

The last days in Feb are when normally dove migrates to the flat lands. They normally go from the hills and roosting area to momentary roosting areas in the crops field. This happens because of the weather and also for the crop harvest.

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Argentina is well known for the amazing shooting and fishing sport options. Cordoba has its own reputation as the world capital for dove shooting. The Northern area of the Province of Cordoba is a paradise for wing shooters coming from the United States or Europe. The Eared Dove population is upwards of 50 million birds.IMG_GR_testimonials1426493441

Birds normally leave the roosting area with the first light of the day. They fly 40 to 60 miles on average for food. The fields that make our shooting options, depending on the time of the year, are:

Hunting in the fields: means to hunt where crops will be or were already harvested, such as soybean, corn, or sorghum (especially from March to May) but this season everything will be delay because farmers had seed late last season because of a late rains in November and December. We are able to hunt in a sorghum field before the harvest, when the birds are eating the seeds. Soybean or corn happens after the harvest.

Hunting in Feedlots: Birds concentrate to feed on big feedlots, and are great shooting options for some months of the year (March to July). IMG_GR_testimonials1426493573

This time of the year is also good to hunt in the water holes, but especially in the dry summer time, water holes constitute great shooting option, too.

With Sam and his group we have been hunting in the sunflower season (February to March) in Los Chañares and despite some birds have already migrated to the flats, we have been able to enjoy great hunts.

This has been one of the worst years regarding rain issues, we have had in 2 months what normally should be all year round rain. That had cause problems on crops, land, roads and bridges. The logistics have been complicated for the floods in the Jesus Maria region and northern Cordoba during the last weeks, but the good news is that in the last days everything seems to come back to regular conditions, and we have been having nice hunts.

There is no many sunflower options in Cordoba and we all have been enjoying these last hunts. It is amazing to see how these birds get crazy feeding in a sunflower.

You should be the next one, contact us and get more info regarding the sunflower season. Enjoy one of the best wing shooting hunts ever.

Pablo Aguilo


Pointer Wingshooting

Responsible Firearm Ownership

 Gun-SafetyAs a gun owner, it is important to be responsible and safe in the storage, transportation, and use of your firearms. There are many variables that affect the safety needs of gun owners such as lifestyle, environment, legal requirements, financial limitations and personal preference. These provides an overview of ways to safely store and handle your firearms, and can help you determine the best products to suit your needs as a safe and responsible gun owner.

Some things to consider when prioritizing your needs:

  • Preventing unauthorized access by minors
  • Keeping firearms safe from theft
  • Accessibility for home and self-defense
  • Safe transportation of firearms
  • Protecting firearms from fires and natural disasters
  • Proper equipment for safe use in the field
  • Preserving your firearm’s condition for safe operation
  • Local laws regarding firearm storage and transportation

Preventive Measures When Handling a Firearm: 

1)   Always Keep The Muzzle Pointed In A Safe Direction. Never point your gun at anything you do not intend to shoot. This is particularly important when loading or unloading a firearm. In the event of an accidental discharge, no injury can occur as long as the muzzle is pointing in a safe direction.

2)   Firearms Should Be Unloaded When Not Actually In Use. Unload your gun as soon as you have finished. A loaded gun has no place in or near a car, truck or building. Unload your gun immediately when you have finished shooting, well before you bring it into a car, camp or home.

3)  Don’t Rely On Your Gun’s “Safety”. The “safety” on any gun is a mechanical device, which, like any such device, can become inoperable at the worst possible time. You should never handle a gun carelessly and assume that the gun won’t fire just because the “safety is on.”

4)   Be Sure Of Your Target And What’s Beyond It. Don’t shoot unless you know exactly what your shot is going to strike. Be sure that your bullet will not injure anyone or anything beyond your target. Firing at a movement or a noise without being absolutely certain of what you are shooting at constitutes disregard for the safety of others.

5)   Use Correct Ammunition. Dove Hunt (71)Using improper or incorrect ammunition can destroy a gun and cause serious personal injury. It only takes one cartridge of improper caliber or gauge to wreck your gun, and only a second to check each one as you load it. Be absolutely certain that the ammunition you are using matches the specifications that are contained within the gun’s instructions manual and the manufacturer’s markings on the firearm. Be aware not to use smaller ammunition in the gun you are using, this could cause a big accident.

6)   If Your Gun Fails To Fire When The Trigger Is Pulled, Handle With Care! Occasionally, a cartridge may not fire when the trigger is pulled. If this occurs, keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. Keep your face away from the breech. Then, carefully open the action, unload the firearm and dispose of the cartridge in a safe way. In case the cartridge is not going off wait for a minute with the barrels in a safe direction before you open.

7)   Always Wear Eye And Ear Protection When Shooting. All shooters should wear protective Dove Hunt (44)shooting glasses and some form of hearing protectors while shooting. Exposure to shooting noise can damage hearing, and adequate vision protection is essential. Shooting glasses guard against twigs, falling shot, clay target chips and the rare ruptured case or firearm malfunction.

8)   Be Sure The Barrel Is Clear Of Obstructions Before Shooting. Before you load your firearm, open the action and be certain that no ammunition is in the chamber or magazine. Be sure the barrel is clear of any obstruction. Even a small bit of mud, snow, excess lubricating oil or grease in the bore can cause dangerously increased pressures, causing the barrel to bulge or even burst on firing, which can cause injury to the shooter and bystanders.

9)   Don’t Alter Or Modify Your Gun, And Have Guns Serviced Regularly. Firearms are complicated mechanisms that are designed by experts to function properly in their original condition. Any alteration or change made to a firearm after manufacture can make the gun dangerous and will usually void any factory warranties.

10)  Learn The Mechanical And Handling Characteristics Of The Firearm You Are Using. Not all firearms are the same. The method of carrying and handling firearms varies in accordance with the mechanical characteristics of each gun. Since guns can be so different, never handle any firearm without first having thoroughly familiarized yourself with the particular type of firearm you are using, the safe gun handling rules for loading, unloading, carrying and handling that firearm, and the rules of safe gun handling in general.

Remember: Gun safety rules and recommendations are intended to avoid accidental discharge or negligent discharge, or the consequences of firearm malfunctions. Their purpose is to eliminate or minimize the risks of unintentional injuries or damage caused by improper possession, storage, or handling of firearms. Let’s be responsible.

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The A400 Xcel is a 12-gauge competition shotgun that is faster-cycling, softer-shooting and better balanced than anything else on the market. Built on the revolutionary A400 action, it delivers follow-up shots 36% faster than any other brand, while its advanced recoil-reducing systems make it absolutely pleasant to shoot, even on demanding all-day competitions.


The A400 Xcel incorporates several recoil-reducing systems operating simultaneously to make recoil virtually negligible (70% overall reduction). One is a hydraulic shock absorber that softens the rearward energy from the action’s moving parts, which minimizes felt recoil while reducing wear within the receiver. Another is a Micro-Core buttpad that all but neutralizes the recoil generated by the power of the cartridge.

The 400’s barrel is made from Beretta’s new steel alloy ‘Steelium’ for which they claim great properties. If it is any better than the existing chrome moly they employ then it must be very good indeed. The new barrel is made with a new profile too by a new process combining cold hammer forging and deep drilling.

It definitely looks like a pretty good semi-auto shotgun for an intense dove shooting weekend in Cordoba, Argentina. What do you think? Have you tried this shotgun before? I know I want to!

Josh Graham


Beretta 486 Parallelo

Hey guys, I bring you some info about the new Beretta’s 486 Parallelo. Have you seen it before?parallelo3

Beretta’s 486 Parallelo is a classic, sleek looking, round-bodied, side by side with hand-engraved floral patterns on the coin-finished receiver.  Close examination revealed excellent fit and finish throughout the shotgun.



The trigger mechanism is extremely reliable thanks to the “V” shaped hammer springs and to the rebounding hammers which guarantee crisp and fast trigger pulls.


The barrels are matched thanks to the new Beretta Triblock system in order to deliver superior aesthetic and elegance which reflect the style of the classic demibloc shotguns. The care taken in producing the tapered external profile of the tubes enhances the instictive aiming.


Surprisingly light and easy-handling, the new 486 Parallelo Beretta unites the charm of the best gunsmithing tradition with the round body receiver design and with the modern and innovative technology. The result is a classic and elegant look that will never be out of date. A shotgun which is, on the same time, a reliable, safe
and accurate firearm.

Have you tried it? What do you think about this new shotgun?!

SO Sparviere Beretta

Hey guys have you checked this amazing shot gun from Beretta? Have you seen it before?


The SO Sparviere features a unique, Beretta innovative system to open the two sideplates and get access to the inside firing mechanism.

The classic Beretta sidelocks can be easily and rapidly break open to the side, by actioning the safety/barrel selector.

Past the safety position of the switch, the two sideplates will simultaneously snap into the open position facilitating inspection and maintenance of the locks.
The visible internal parts are superbly finished and engraved by hand.
Pick one up and you know it is special—each of its elegant details, from the sophisticated engravings to the gold-inlaid animals to the dimensions of the walnut briar stock and receiver, is executed to suit the personal tastes and requirements of its owner.
The total absence of pins and screws gives the Master engraver an uninterrupted blank canvas on which to express his full creativity.
The Master Gunsmiths’ handwork is evident everywhere, from the hand-cut deep diamond checkering to the hand-file cut ventilated rib.
Prized for their beauty and uniqueness, each SO Sparviere is built to perform to the highest standards, decade after decade, generation after generation.
Sounds pretty amazing, doesn’t it? I guess we have to give it a try!