Largely known for it’s shotguns, the name Benelli is synonomus with quality. The model we are looking at today is the supersport. Chambered in 12 gauge for 2.75″ and 3.00″ shells, this semi-auto shotgun is a performer. From it’s stock design, the inertia driven bolt assembly to the ported barrel, this lightweight 12 gauge is one that could be shot all day.
Lets start with the stock.
Known as comfort-tech, Benelli designed the stock to absorb recoil not only through a rubber butpad but through strategicaly placed holes with rubber chevron inserts that allow the stock to flex slightly during recoil. The reduction in felt recoil is impressive. There are also optional shim inserts to adjust stock drop to suit the shooter. These come with the gun. Comb height can be changed with optional rubber inserts in the top of the stock. The finish is a carbonfiber look polymer.
The barrel on this model is a 28″ ventilated rib that utilizes a red front fiber optic sight and a mid bead. The mid bead definitely helps with accuracy. Benelli cryogenically treats their barrels and choke tubes to -300 degrees F. This alters the metal at a molecular level which allows for denser patterns and a claimed 13.2 % more pellets on target. The super sport model comes with 5 choke tubes, cylinder, improved cylinder, modified, improved modified and full. The barrel is ported to reduce muzzle rise allowing for lightning quick follow up shots.
Benelli’s inertia driven bolt system contains three main parts, the bolt body, inertia spring and the rotating bolt head. This system does not require gas to operate the bolt. The inertia bolt system not only dampens recoil but also dampens the forward motion of the bolt returning to battery. With lower mass the action cycles faster, reduces recoil and helps to make the super sport a light weight in the world of shotguns. Utilizing this system instead of a gas system to cycle the action the gun also runs cleaner. Operating the bolt is smooth, whether using the handle to open the action to load your first shell to pressing the bolt release button on the right side of the receiver to close the action. The trigger is nice and breaks consistently at 5 lbs. 14oz. on the Lyman digital trigger pull gauge. The trigger is a unitized design and drops out by removing one pin.
The Benelli is light at 7.2 lbs and for a gun this light you would expect more “kick” however this is not the case, the engineering that went into this gun is awesome. I have shot smaller gauge shot guns that exhibited more felt recoil than this 12 gauge. Follow up or second shots at clays are much easier as you are able to stay on target due to the reduction in felt recoil and virtually no muzzle rise. The gun cycles as fast as the shooter can press the trigger, this is one of the fastest cycling shotguns on the market. I don’t think I would be going too far out on the limb by saying that this is the Ferrari of semi auto shotguns. This gun will almost instantly make anyone a better clay shooter.
OAL WITH 28″ BARREL 49.6
INTERCHANGEABLE CHOKE TUBES
Jessie James Dolan
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