2 Common Beretta A400 Upland Problems You Should Know

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I took the Beretta A400 Upland into the field, putting it through rigorous testing. I’ve spent time examining every aspect, pushing it to its limits, and my time with it has revealed some common problems that many users might face.

These common problems, specifically the failure to eject and feed, might cause frustration and concern. But worry not! I’m going to discuss them and provide some practical solutions.

I aim to offer valuable insights and solutions for these issues.

Whether you own the Beretta A400 Upland or consider purchasing one, my hands-on experience will guide you through these challenges. 

Overview of the Problems & their Solutions

Failure To EjectClean the gun, apply light oil on the magazine tube and bolt, clean gas port with brass pick.
Failure To FeedChange deformed piston ring, unclog gas port, ensure recoil spring is properly set.

Top 2 Beretta A400 Upland Problems & Solutions

1. Failure To Eject

Out in the field, I encountered the nagging problem of failure to eject. 

I noticed it when I shot 30 rounds, and 4 times I had failure to eject (FTE). 

Even stranger, the bolt didn’t lock back after the last round once. It was surprising, and I was puzzled. 

My initial thought was that the shells might be the issue. It’s a real problem that can interfere with the firearm’s effectiveness, leaving me a bit uncertain.


The remedy to this problem was surprisingly simple. After the first 40 rounds, I decided to give the gun a good cleaning. I applied light oil on the magazine tube and bolt but kept the gas piston oil-free. 

A brass pick helped me clean out the gas port.

 The results were immediate; the failures stopped, and the gun was back in optimal shape. My hands-on experience confirms that a little maintenance can go a long way.

2. Failure To Feed

While testing the Beretta A400 Upland, I encountered another concerning issue: failure to feed. 

Specifically, I was having one or two jams on doubles per 50 rounds, where the second round failed to load. 

I tried shooting it dry, with Breakfree, even with light machine oil on the trigger. No matter what I did, the problem persisted, causing real frustration and reducing my confidence in the firearm’s performance.


After a closer inspection, I found that most of the feeding issues were caused by a deformed piston ring, clogged gas port, or the recoil spring not being properly set in the plastic tube. 

In some instances, improper assembly or dropping the piston caused the deformation. So, I replaced the piston ring, and it worked like a charm. 

This simple fix restored the firearm to its full potential, reinforcing the importance of careful handling and maintenance.


The Beretta A400 Upland is a well-crafted firearm with a lot to offer. Through my rigorous field testing, I identified some significant problems, namely failure to eject and failure to feed. 

However, these problems aren’t unsolvable mysteries. With proper care, cleaning, and some simple adjustments, these issues can be resolved. These solutions demonstrate the firearm’s resilience and adaptability. 

While no product is perfect, my hands-on experience with the A400 Upland provides an insightful view of a firearm that, despite some weaknesses, offers reliability and efficiency.


Is the Beretta A400 reliable? 

Yes, the Beretta A400 Xtreme Plus has been tested and reviewed as a reliable, soft-shooting gun that delivers outstanding performance, especially for duck hunting.

How much does a Beretta A400 Upland weigh? 

The Beretta A400 Upland weighs 6.7lbs.

Is Beretta or Benelli better? 

This question would require detailed analysis of specific models and intended use; both brands have their strengths.

Do all Beretta A400 have kick off? 

Kick-Off is available on most Beretta semi auto shotguns for hunting and competition, including specific models like A400 Xplor Action, A400 Lite, and 1301 Comp Pro, and as an option on A400 Upland and A400 Xcel Sporting.

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I'm Micheal, an avid shooter and hunting enthusiast from Texas. I'm a recreational shooter who loves to spend time at the range and enjoy learning about new firearms and gears. I love to write about guns and share my passion for shooting with others.

2 thoughts on “2 Common Beretta A400 Upland Problems You Should Know”

  1. G’day Michael. Traded in my 10 year old A400 for a new Upland three weeks ago. Absolutely no feed or eject problems after 2,000 rounds of various ammunition ranging from sub-sonic to 1400 fps. 24 gram and 28 gram loads. When I took the gun out of the box I did my usual strip and clean as per the Beretta video. It took a few rounds to become adjusted to the different kick off location, but just a familiarisation thing.
    There was one problem I encountered on my old gun and that was the retaining pin for the firing pin came out of its seat and jammed the bolt. When I stripped down the gun I found the small “O” ring that seats the pin was perished and broken. I replaced it with a better type of “O” ring and never had another problem with it – and I fired more than 100,000 rounds after I replaced it.
    The A400 series of semi-auto guns are fantastic.

    • Great to hear your new Upland’s running smoothly. For the firing pin issue on your old gun, replacing the worn “O” ring with a high-quality, durable one is a solid fix.


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