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Benelli Super 90
are a gunmaker known largely only for producing semi auto guns. They
are not as well known by the shooting community quite as well as
Beretta or Browning although that is beginning to change due to the
obviously good quality of their guns. And because they specialise in
just autos their guns are very good as they can concentrate
their full attention in one direction.
super 90 is a conventional looking auto, and is operated in the same
way as most others; a cartridge is inserted into the chamber which
is then closed by letting the bolt forwards. Other cartridges are
then fed into the magazine by pushing them up from underneath under
the floorplate. Where things start to alter is how the gun actually
functions when fired.
days most auto work by siphoning off gas through ports in the barrel
as the gun is
This gas then pushes a piston sharply backwards, which in turn
pushes the bolt assembly backwards so taking the spent cartridge
with it and picking up the next cartridge from the magazine as it
goes forwards into the closed position ready to be fired again.
the Super 90 differs from this convention is that it has no gas
system; it utilises energy from the direct backwards force of the
fired cartridge to force the bolt backwards. There are one or two
advantages to this:
are far fewer moving parts in the gun so it is very simple, and
there are less parts to clean.
the system doesn’t have a gas piston assembly, the gun stays
cleaner for much longer because the gas that vents off to work the
mechanism is in effect an exhaust gas which itself is dirty and
corrosive if not kept in check.
because there is no gas piston assembly which in most other guns is
under the forend and surrounds magazine tube, the forend wood can be
a much slimmer fit, and will be no wider than a conventional OU, and
in many cases slimmer than that.
are also quite lightweight and so reasonably quick handling, in part
due to the lack of internals and the fact that the action is made
from an aluminium alloy.
test gun is a little used nearly new model with a 26” barrel.
26” may sound a little short and were it an OU it probably would
be but with an auto you have 8” or so of receiver that give the
illusion and the pointing qualities of a longer barrelled gun. And
as to the looks the 26” barrel appears well in proportion with the
rest of the gun. The rib is a 6mm wide and ventilated. With a
multichoke system that is the same style as that used by Beretta,
other than they are black rather than silver finished.
forend is, as I have already indicated, very slim for an auto, and
is chequered around its belly to afford plenty of grip. It is held
onto the magazine tube by a screw on end cap. This end cap in effect
holds the gun together, as once it is removed, the forend will lift
off and then the barrel will simply lift away from the receiver.
action is quite plain although its lines are broken up by raised
panels on the sides, but other than that it is a plain black finish.
As a contrast the bolt assembly is left a bright silver and as a
whole this makes the gun very attractive.
action is also rounded from its top back down to the stock line.
This smoother line seems to be favoured by most people, as it is
easier on the eye.
action can be stripped easily by most people to do a more thorough
cleaning job. It is simply a case of removing the cross pin that
goes through the action and secures the trigger plate in position.
Then the trigger plate can be pushed forwards and lifted away from
the receiver. The trigger plate assembly can then be cleaned as a
whole, and blown clean.
handle on the side of the bolt can then be removed by giving it a
sharp tug, and the bolt will then slide out of the front of the
receiver, allowing itself to be fully cleaned, and giving full
access to the now empty inside of the receiver. Which can be easily
washed out with a cleaner and then blown dry. I find an air line
works well for blowing away loosen dirt that will lay inside the
woodwork is fairly plain as is often the case on an auto, but is in
virtually new condition n this gun. And although plain it is not
without figure. The finish is a polyurethane type of varnish, which
although very durable does tend to mark quite easily.
dimensions are variable on this gun as it is supplied with different
shims that can be fitted to increase or decrease drop as required.
Though it is set to a standard 60mm. Stock length is approx. 14 5/8
“ and is finished with a thin plastic butt plate.
are becoming far better known in the UK thanks to efforts of their
distributor Beechwood equipment. There is a full range of autos,
which includes interestingly a true left hand model, apart from the
Remington the only one that I know of.
have always been very popular in the USA, where of course everyone
has an auto, and Benelli have proved themselves to be a very fast
operating auto. And gradually they are gaining more of a following
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