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Benelli M2 Tactical Review

by Payton Miller   |  May 21st, 2013 1


Longer ago than I care to remember, I got myself a used Benelli MI Super 90 Defense. Aside from the distant possibility of being involved in the type of worst-case scenario suggested by the “Defense” designation, I really had no idea what I’d do with it. It had an extended magazine, a pistol-grip stock, open rifle sights and a 193/4-inch barrel. I guess I got it because I’d heard good things about Benellis from guys whose opinion I respected—and because it was an extremely cool-looking item, a real departure from the pump guns, Browning A5s and O/Us I’d used all my life.

As testimony to an earlier era, that barrel was straight cylinder-bore—no threads, no choke tubes. Then there was the stamp on the receiver: “Heckler & Koch, Inc. Sterling VA,” a holdover from the days before Benelli USA was handling the products of its parent Italian company on these shores.

Although the Zombie Apocalypse hasn’t come to pass since I took possession of it, the Benelli has—somehow—gotten more use than practically anything I own. Why? Well, I like to shoot skeet with it (I also like to smack gongs with slugs, although admittedly on a less frequent basis).

The first thing I did (after I discovered how well suited the gun was to the semi-half-assed, spot-shooting technique I’m guilty of) was to install a standard stock on the gun. I couldn’t see using a pistol-grip version at the local skeet club among the Citoris, Berettas and Remington 1100s, although I’ve long since been sold on the advantages of pistol-grip stocks for turkey hunting and 3-Gun shoots. After the stock switch, the next thing I did was learn to ignore the rifle sights when shooting clay birds. Not that I’d ever dream of getting rid of them. Besides its aerial target virtues, the gun keeps Federal Tru-Ball one-ounce slugs in half-dollar-size groups at 25 yards, right to point of aim.

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