FN SLP or Beretta 1301 Comp. for 3 Gun (and all-around use)

I'm looking for feedback from users of these two guns that I have narrowed down to my finalists, the FN SLP or the Beretta 1301 Comp. (21"?).  I know the Benelli's are good, but I prefer a gas gun for a bad shoulder I've had three surgeries on.  I can't run, so I won't be performing at gamer levels. 

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Joined: 4/22/09          Location: WI

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There are not many FN SLP’s out being used in the 3 gun world. For tube fed guns it’s pretty much Benelli M2’s with Beretta 1301’s making some very good showings along with Mossberg JM models.

The main advantage of the 1301 over the M2 seems to be a much lower cost getting them “race ready”.  I believe the lack of use of FN’s may be considered a “clue”, although they have the reputation of being a good gun they have never really taken off in the competition world. 

Joined: 13AUG2010         Location: Southern Arizona 

Our local 3 gun guru advised that the FN SLP will run well but needs yearly replacement of all the action springs.   I couldn’t find one anywhere to even look at so  I’ve decided to acquire a Stoeger M3K which is basically a Benelli made in Turkey and you have ruled that out. 

Feedback and further research has removed the FN SLP from consideration, and is making me reconsider my stance on the Benelli M2.  While I liked some of the FN's features, reliability and parts replacement has turned out to be a problem.

I re-read the 1301 thread from awhile back, in which I had said I tried the 1301 Tactical and liked it, and may go that way unless I can get a chance to test fire a Benelli M2 and change my mind.

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“The two highest achievements of the human mind are the twin concepts of “loyalty” and “duty.” Whenever these twin concepts fall into disrepute – get out of there fast! You may possibly save yourself, but it is too late to save that society. It is doomed.”

- Robert A. Heinlein

 

Joined: 4/22/09          Location: WI

My next decision I'm having trouble getting a solid feel on, is should I get a 21" or a 24" gun?

 

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“The two highest achievements of the human mind are the twin concepts of “loyalty” and “duty.” Whenever these twin concepts fall into disrepute – get out of there fast! You may possibly save yourself, but it is too late to save that society. It is doomed.”

- Robert A. Heinlein

 

Joined: 4/22/09          Location: WI

Just to finish this off, I ordered the Beretta 1301 Comp 21" today.

 

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“The two highest achievements of the human mind are the twin concepts of “loyalty” and “duty.” Whenever these twin concepts fall into disrepute – get out of there fast! You may possibly save yourself, but it is too late to save that society. It is doomed.”

- Robert A. Heinlein

 

Joined: 4/22/09          Location: WI

Rick R2 posted:

Our local 3 gun guru advised that the FN SLP will run well but needs yearly replacement of all the action springs.   I couldn’t find one anywhere to even look at so  I’ve decided to acquire a Stoeger M3K which is basically a Benelli made in Turkey and you have ruled that out. 

This is interesting. I have an SLP and have been running it for 3 years and have not replaced anything. It is, a PITA to clean, but it runs well. I have the second gen piston and it does occasionally hiccup on light loads, but I can't recall a single instance where it failed to run on #4 buck or bigger. That being said, I don't shoot it that much, maybe 600 rounds since I've owned it. 

Recoil is light and the gun is very controllable. All in all a solid tool.

green_vaccine posted:
Rick R2 posted:

Our local 3 gun guru advised that the FN SLP will run well but needs yearly replacement of all the action springs.   I couldn’t find one anywhere to even look at so  I’ve decided to acquire a Stoeger M3K which is basically a Benelli made in Turkey and you have ruled that out. 

This is interesting. I have an SLP and have been running it for 3 years and have not replaced anything. It is, a PITA to clean, but it runs well. I have the second gen piston and it does occasionally hiccup on light loads, but I can't recall a single instance where it failed to run on #4 buck or bigger. That being said, I don't shoot it that much, maybe 600 rounds since I've owned it. 

Recoil is light and the gun is very controllable. All in all a solid tool.

That is the difference- The sturdy 3G Guru is probably running 600 rounds  a week through his platform during a busy season with practice sessions and matches.

Your 600 rounds over three years is very small  sample of one.

Active 3G guys are the only ones who I see actually wear guns out. When they get done with a gun it is ready for the scrap bin.


Pat talked about this- He hauled buckets of barrels and bolts from class guns to the smelter when he was done with them because they were completely beyond service life.

I have very few rounds through a 1301 at this point; however, I did get a bunch of time on a SLP in writing an article on it. I was unimpressed with the SLP and would not buy one. 

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Erick posted:

I have very few rounds through a 1301 at this point; however, I did get a bunch of time on a SLP in writing an article on it. I was unimpressed with the SLP and would not buy one. 

Erick you mind updating us here or in another thread when you have sufficient time w/ your 1301?

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