Breda is one of those brands that has lived on the periphery of the American shotgun world.
The Italian manufacturer has made a couple runs at this side of the pond, but for one reason or another has just missed taking hold. In turn, if the zippy and generally well-balanced smoothbores caught your attention, you were relegated to beating the bushes in used guns listings, for the most part.
Breda, however, has not given up on becoming a favorite of Yankee clay and wing shooters. Breda USA was freshly launched earlier this year with a full line of shotguns that have the potential to turn some heads.
Along these lines, and among the models the company itself is highly touting, is its new Breda 930i Sporting. The semi-automatic is engineered to pulverize blue-rock en mass, while catching as many eyes as possible in the meantime.
To the former attribute, perhaps among the shotgun’s greatest assets is its adjustable comb. Once more common on custom guns, this feature is becoming a usual addition on many smoothbores destined for the trap and skeet ranges. There is good reason for this, given tailoring where a cheek welds to the stock means a quicker point.
The shotgun should also be quick to the shoulder, boasting an in-stock weighting system that allows fine-tuning the 930i’s balance. And once on target, the new Breda should prove quick on the break with its featherweight trigger pull — 3.9 pounds.
A bit unique to a shotgun designed specifically for clays is the 930i’s operating system. The shotgun utilizes an inertia operation to cycle rounds, somewhat of an oddity when it comes to competitive guns.
This is in part due to the typically more pronounced felt recoil the lighter system produces, which has the potential to wear on a shooter. But there are benefits to an inertia gun, such as it being a lighter and faster handling firearm, not to mention generally requiring less lubrication.
The new Breda 930i Sporting also has form to go along with its function. To this end, perhaps the most distinctive is the two-tone finish option for the receiver. The stainless steel and matte black finishes are truly unique and tend to give the gun’s classic lines a modern look.
A few other of the 930i’s features include:
- Choice between 28- and 30-inch barrels
- Three extended competition chokes
- Back-bored to .739 inches for improved patterns
- High-visibility, low-profile, fiber-optic front sight
- 10 to 8mm tapered sporting rib
The Breda 930i Sporting looks to have about everything a clay shooter could desire, but it will run them a bit of coin. Presently, the company lists the shotgun’s MSRP at $2,599.