I shot sporting clays last weekend with a gentleman who had one. He said he has been competing for close to 20 years and his A400 was the best gun he's ever used. We have them at our club for loaners as well. Everyone I see who has one is in love with it. And the kickoff makes it a real pleasure to shoot.
I have used my A400 Xtreme for 3 waterfowl seasons. Also have shot many rounds of sporting clays thru it, it has never failed me yet! Hunting in subzero temps, blowing snow, rain and it's always gone boom boom boom when I asked it too! Probably over 1000 rounds thru it. Also the recoil suppression is unreal, 3 1/2s are pleasant to shoot geese with! They've got my vote!
Scoutmaster....before leaving Florida (SilverDollar); I noticed a good looking Beretta Auto hanging on the wall with Mike of Silver Dollar Guns. Knowing Beretta never made a LEFTY AUTO I said; MIKE what is that gun? Told me it was Berettas new "left handed Auto" The A400 Xplor. It came along home regardless of the fact I own 2 Remie 1100's. I shoot release triggers in my trap guns so decided to sent trigger to Phillips Gunsmithing. Just "punch" out a pin and the trigger is in your hand. Yesterday the trigger arrived and I went to my local gun club to check things out. Never shot this gun before. The trigger was set so close to my Perazzi (80/29) trigger that I can't describe how well it worked. The gun is much lighter and moves faster. Proceeded to break around 15 targets before head lifting started and I think ended with a 22. ( not good for me but..a new lefty auto) The choke in gun is a mod so I left it in. I have a friend who watched and said many were "smoke". It did destroy the targets well. So the A400 lefty auto feels good and I am hoping to shoot some Sporting clays in the future. I can not describe how well the release trigger by Phillips is working!!!!! The recoil is quite mild and I may (?) add some weight to inside of stock. Very fast action. It is early to predict future but I am very pleased with this purchase. I think the young shooter would be very happy with an A400................."run'em"