Inertia Autoloading Shotgun Shoot-Off: Benelli, Browning, Girsan
Ostensibly due to the expiration of the Bruno Civolani patents, there are more and more inertia or inertial autoloading shotguns being introduced, beyond what is offered by Beretta Group affiliated brands. This is a comparison of three: the Benelli Vinci, the Browning A-5 Hunter, and the Girsan MC312. All are 12 gauges, all with three inch chambers, all have 26 inch barrels, all are autoloaders based on the Civolani action.
Vinci, Realtree Max-4 Camo, $1469 MSRP, about $1300 street.
WEIGHT, AS TESTED
MAX-4 Camo, 26 inch: 7 lbs., 1 oz.
TRIGGER BREAK, AS TESTED
CHOKE TUBES SUPPLIED
Five Crio Plus
Vinci: Speed Unloading
A5: Speed Loading and Unloading + Magazine Cut-off
Conventional M2 style
VENT RIB TYPE
raised rib, red front and small silver center bead
SHELL INTENSITY CAPABILITY W/O ADJUSTMENTS
1 oz. and up, 3 inch chamber
Vinci was the softest shooting, followed by the Girsan, with the A5 having
the harshest recoil, by far.
front of the trigger guard
ComforTech stock system
Standard bore, chrome-lined, cryogenically treated.
the Benelli Vinci:
While the aesthetics of the Vinci seem to equally enthuse and appall, it is a soft shooter, reliable, and in general very good product. The safety reach can be a bit too long for some shooters.
the Browning A-5:
Compared to the other two models discussed here, it is both low in weight and high in recoil. Only three choke tubes are supplied, two of the three do not perform anywhere near as marked, so aftermarket tubes from George Trulock are essentially mandatory.
the Girsan MC 312:
the case of the Girsan, it was a pleasant surprise, with build quality
and machining done quite well, right at the Benelli Montefeltro level.
At approximately $600 less than the A5 or Vinci, it is hard not to call
it both an impressive value and a very pleasant surprise. Available through
Bud's Gun Shop.
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