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GUNS Magazine January 2012 Digital Edition - Page 36
John Barsness ome people think journalists should be totally objective, while others firmly believe that’s impossible. The Benelli Super Vinci proved to be a test of both gun and journalist. S Benelli’s selfloader delivers. knocked Claude’s Benelli into the bottom of the pit. After fishing it out of the mud, Claude opened the action and The Super Vinci is the latest in a long line of Benelli sloshed the shotgun around in the water for a minute or so, semi-automatic shotguns designed around a relatively then held it up to let it drain. He shot ducks all morning simple, lightweight and supposedly foolproof “inertia- with no malfunctions of any kind. driven” action. In Benelli-speak this means recoil-operated. Gas Guns Recoil-operated shotguns normally have two advantages over gas-operated shotguns: cleanliness and reliability. On the other hand, gas-operated shotguns tend to Powder fouling is limited to the inside of the barrel, rather have lighter felt recoil, thanks to the gas system spreading than being spread throughout the gas system, allowing the out the recoil impulse. This can be handy when shooting gun to keep running longer. Plus, recoil-operated shotguns 3-1/2" magnums throughout a good morning of waterfowl tend to be less picky about the ammo they shoot. shooting, or just shooting once at a turkey when sitting The reliability of Benellis is almost legendary in the with your back against a big oak tree. hunting fields. A friend named Claude is a very avid Over the past decade many manufacturers have tried to waterfowler, hunting a lot every season in the fields and tame the kick of recoil-operated guns, mostly with highbayous along the lower Mississippi River. Once he and tech stocks and recoil pads. These efforts have definitely a friend dug a pit blind in a big field, and came back been successful, though some hunters still prefer gas guns before dawn the next day to put out some decoys and when shooting heavy waterfowl loads. shoot some ducks. I’ve had my own adventures with various autoloading Rain had fallen all night and there were several inches shotguns since the appearance of the 3-1/2" 12-gauge of water in the bottom of the pit. Theoretically this didn’t shell. Many 12-gauge owners like to use their shotgun matter much, because Claude and his friend wore hip for everything from doves to geese, but it’s difficult for an boots and their Labs sat between them on a crude bench, autoloader to handle every 12-gauge shell from 1-ounce but while the humans were putting out the decoys the dogs dove loads to 3-1/2" magnums. One gas-operated shotgun W W W. G U N S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 2 36