Price / Value: B+
The “light” in this Beretta’s name is a function of its aluminum 3-inch receiver, which weighs less than the steel receivers that appear in other Beretta semi-autos. That weight savings is somewhat offset by the inclusion of the Kick-Off recoil system, which is a spring-loaded recoil pad that does an excellent job of softening the kick of shells with stouter payloads.
What Beretta ended up with here, then, is a nicely balanced 6-pound 15-ounce 12-gauge that earned “excellent” scores in nearly every category over the course of our test, and proved itself to be a versatile gun that could handle a variety of hunting and sport-shooting chores.
The shotgun functioned flawlessly, loaded easily and has one of the most ergonomic cross-bolt safety designs ever. The trigger breaks crisply at just under 5 pounds. Add this up and it isn’t surprising that the shotgun excelled during our shooting.
The quality of the craftsmanship is on par with its performance. The raised rib on the barrel is functional and well built. The polish and finish on the barrel itself is of high quality. And the laser-checkered design on the forend, showing the Beretta trident logo, and the lines sculpted into the receiver give the shotgun some flair.
For $1,500, the shooter gets the Kick-Off system, a high-quality plastic molded case, two extra choke tubes, sling swivels and a shim kit to adjust stock fit. These extras, when combined with the gun itself, make the Xplor Light an attractive proposition.