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Benelli M4 12ga 18.5" Pistol Grip, Ghost Ring Sights
[11707]
$1,799.00
by JASON P Date Added: Thursday 14 July, 2011
This is my second shotgun and first auto. I picked it up after work and immediately went home to check it out. The weapon comes in three pieces - barrel, receiver assembly, and the bolt. I found the assembly to be easy, but the manual is quite annoying. Each page has only a short set of instructions - in about 6 languages. It took a lot of page turning to get the thing fully assembled. It shipped with a small bottle of oil, which seems about the same as CLP. I lubed the weapon up real good, put it in a soft case and headed out to the range. I fired off a few slugs, which ran through just fine. Then, I switched to bird shot. The M4 ate everything. All shell were 2.75". I was shooting the cheap stuff from ammunitiontogo.com. I'm sure it will take pretty much any normal power ammo without a hiccup.

I had never shot a ghost ring shotgun. I was very impressed with the ease of getting on target. The closest range to my house is indoors and only 25 meters so I can't judge long range accuracy, but I was touching holes exactly where I was aiming. That is with me flinching a bit - it kicks harder than anything else I own. It's very easy to get back on target. With no practice I had no problem firing 5 well aimed shots in under 10 seconds. One thing I particularly enjoy is dropping the bolt. It feels like an M60 slamming home. You definitely know that the weapon is ready to do some business. I'm sure it would scare the piss out of an intruder.

Upon getting home I was expecting a real chore to get it clean. Man was I surprised. Taking the weapon down, it's apparent that it was designed for soldiers. Everything fits together with a nice "clunk", and field stripping is quite easy. Unlike the M16/AR15, this thing runs very clean. All I had to do is wipe out the receiver, run a boresnake through a couple of times, lube it up and slap it back together. The magazine tube end has a nice ratchet feel when tightening so I'm not worried about the ATF satisfying magazine support coming loose during operation.

Pros - this is a reliable, bad ass shotgun. Sights are very nice. Accurate. Dudes were drooling over it at the range.

Cons - expensive, magazine size is limited by ATF (this can be rectified, but it'll cost a little more for the 3 made in the USA parts).

Summary - You can buy an 870 and throw lead downrange just as well, but if you're interested in getting the best tactical auto shotgun around, I think this is the one for you. It doesn't have the removable magazines of a Saiga, but it just plain works right out of the box.

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
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