Beretta’s 300 series set the standard for semiauto reliability. The 302 was the first of these to feature a universal receiver with a 3-inch ejection port that could accommodate 23⁄4- and 3-inch barrels. You still had to buy separate tubes for light loads and magnums, but that was state of the art then, and today it is perhaps the gun’s only shortcoming. There was even a special A302 Mobilchoke model threaded for choke tubes, a rarity in 1980. The 302 was simple, easy to clean, and all but unbreakable. The 303, introduced in 1987, was basically the same gun, with standard screw-in chokes, redesigned receiver and fore-end, and enlarged gas ports. Hunters and shooters still prize the 303 for its no-fail dependability and soft recoil. At the time, the gun was so revered that Browning, which struggled to come up with a good gas gun of its own in the ’80s, put Beretta 303 parts together at its FN factory in Portugal and called the result the Browning B-80.