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FabArm Velocity or Beretta 391/400

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by bkt514, Jun 24, 2014.

  1. bkt514

    bkt514 Well-Known Member

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    Good Morning and with this new format I am not sure how to search for these two semi-automatics. I am sure they have been discussed at length and I might be interested in a purchase this fall. Any help to find previous threads or productive comments here would be appreciated!
     
  2. CalvinMD

    CalvinMD Well-Known Member

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    I myself would love to give a FabArms with the adjustable rib a whirl
     
  3. glenfish

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    I have owned both the 391 in a couple of variations and now shoot the
    Fabarms. Both are great platforms but feel the Fabarms is the better gun.
    Glen
     
  4. 3357

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    Glen, How difficult is the Fabarm to clean/maintain.
     
  5. glenfish

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    I think it is a lot easier to clean than my 391's.

    Glen
     
  6. Clay8T

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    I just purchased a Fabarm and absolutely love it! Keep it clean, which is the same as cleaning any other semi auto, and she's a clay great clays gun. I have the 32" w/adj. rib Titainium finish. BTW if you get one the T&S shell catcher works, but I had to double face tape mine to the receiver because it kept coming loose. No problem after tape. Good luck in your search.
     
  7. dimapower

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    391 w/bent carrier or 390 + DeVault Conversion
     
  8. Setterman

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    If you normally require an offset comb/stock, the Fabarm stock will probably not line up for you. I had to sand 1/8" off the left side of the comb and stock, and it still shoots left. I had the comb as far right as it will go before I started sanding.
     
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  9. tigger1292

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    I love my 400. Its a breeze to clean. It shoots right where you point it. Point it right and it will bust birds all day long.
     
  10. Tron

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    Setterman, it's because you have such a large head. Go to a surgeon and have it removed.
     
  11. Setterman

    Setterman Well-Known Member

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    I have a fat head?.....Pot calls kettle black!
     
  12. Martinpicker

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    Can't address the Beretta a I have never had one, but recently acquired a Fabarm XLR5 and like it very much. Lots of amenities you usually have to add after market. Martinpicker
     
  13. JohnR

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    The Fabarm comes with shims to change cast just like the Beretta's, did you try using the shims before sanding?
    I have had a Fabarm since they first came out,really like the gun. The adjustments work well and stay in place, cycles a wide variety of target ammo and light reloads, don't really have to add anything to the gun as it comes with everything. Very easy to break down and clean, usually go 500 rounds or so before I clean.
    If there is anything to not like about the gun it may be the size,it is a large gun but I got used to it pretty quick. IMG_0526.JPG
     
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  14. Setterman

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    JohnR, Actually I added another shim on top of the RH cast shim to kick the stock even more to the right. My contention with FabArm was that the gun had issues and even sent it in. They returned a pattern sheet with the gun saying that with the beads lined up, it shot dead on. When I counted the holes in the pattern sheet, nearly 30% were left of center. Nice try but not good enough. The gun goes back next week after contacting the President of Fab Arms USA.

    The shim kit gives you cast , but not off set. The comb adjustment does not offer enough movement to create true offset. I've owned every semi auto known to man (Benelli, 1100, 1187, 391, 303, SX-1 and 2, etc) except the new Baker, and never had this issue before.

    I have a splatter board and bench at my home, so it's easy to check. I must have a lemon.
     
  15. Clay8T

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    I have a good sized noggin' and don't have my comb moved over at all on my Fabarm. I have the comb a tiny bit raised and my rib is set for 60/40 which is what I prefer. The stock on my Krieghoff is shaved and offset way to the right. Go figure?
     
  16. Sonny98

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    I used the shim to move the stock high right and the comb is almost centered. Shoots perfectly, in fact I'm shooting it at our state shoot this week-end. I've got a round face that I normally have to adjust for but mine fits me fine. Great gun. Good luck.
     
  17. CalvinMD

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    I really like it...I like a heavy gun too as long as it balances well ..and even then I prefer it more to the muzzle heavy side
     
  18. Clay8T

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    I see now..... I bought mine used and I think the original owner may have put a shim in?
    I think this may be why I didn't have to make any comb adjustment compared to the comb set on my K gun.
     
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  20. Dickgshot

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    The opinion from someone who has shot neither: You see the Beretta A400 at sporting clays and trap events and everyone I know who has one is very happy with the gun. The Fab Arms has been out longer, is almost non existent at any events I have been to, and I only have seen one at any of the three clubs I belong to and that guy sold his. There have been a disproportionately large number for sale on this forum and others. I have heard a lot of complaints about feeding issues.
    Now if you're taking about the 390 and 391, those are the primary guns I've shot in the past 12 years and they are both excellent guns but discontinued.
     
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