The Buds exclusive Benelli M1 Super 90 represents a good value if value is defined as what one gets for what one pays. The price of this new version of the M1 is $849 versus about $1100 for the equivalent M2 field model. The $250 difference is manifested in the following:
1) No plastic case. The new M1 comes in a cardboard box.
2) Three chokes. IC in the barrel, and F and M with the choke wrench. The chokes are the original Benelli/Beretta Mobil, not the newer Crio chokes. I assume the barrel is also not Crio-treated.
3) The older M1 field stock. No ComfortTech or chevrons with this model.
4) No bottle of Benelli oil is provided.
5) User manual is in English only. The manual says "M1" but looks like the M2 manual, down to referencing five choke types and the Benelli oil.
6) Serial number starts with "M", has six numerical digits, and has a suffix ending in "Y18" as opposed to the older serial numbers that just had the "M" and six numerical digits.
The gun itself is much like my much older M1 with the exception that the new guns's trigger guard/trigger plate is polymer, not aluminum alloy. If the proof is in the shooting, the gun shoots like my older M1. Hence the good value.
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!