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Im not much of a shotgun person as the range and advent of body armor limits their usefulness when compared to a rifle. I own a mossberg 590 and never use it but found a benelli m4 for 1450 at my local strore new. Should I buy it? I would imagine a pump action is more reliable in the field but how much of a combat advantage do you get with an auto? How good are these shotguns?
 

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From what I know of Benelli they are great guns. I have never heard of one jamming. however the only way I would go with an auto SG is if the tube was long enough to hold as many rounds as my Mossberg 500. The only thing I don't like about Benelli is the price. A SG makes a great short range defensive weapon for defending a home as most of the time buckshot won't go thru your target and hit someone or something behind it, like your neighbor's house. Plus the amount of versatility in loads makes it perfect for defense as well as hunting. I would recommend going to a range with your Mossberg that had a shotgun or defensive section with pop up targets. If after about 150 rounds you haven't forgotten to pump after you fired, I wouldn't spend the money on the Benelli. 1400 bucks can get you plenty of ammo or other supplies.
 

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IIIA concealable body armor < 12 gauge 1oz rifled slug
 

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From what I know of Benelli they are great guns. I have never heard of one jamming.

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If you use full power loads. It takes work to get them running with light sporting loads, especially the entry model with the 14,5" barrel.

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Should I buy it? I would imagine a pump action is more reliable in the field but how much of a combat advantage do you get with an auto? How good are these shotguns?
By the way: US$ 1400 is a nice price, you get a high quality product in exchange. If you have the money: go for it.

Since you are not able to get your hands on a Franchi SPAS 15, the Benelli M4 would be the Semi-Auto I recommend.

Speaking of combat advantage? How about sending lead towards the enemy as fast as you can pull the trigger. No pump-action can do that as fast...
 

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Just to play a little devil's advocate here, you say you have a 590 that you don't use now and that you don't really care for shotguns. That's fine, to each is own. But it doesn't really matter how good of a deal you get on a fire arm if you aren't going to use it.

$1450 is a good price for that weapon, but why not spend it on something that you are more likely to fire? Even if it was $14.50 it's a waste of money if you aren't going to use it. Just my .02
 

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Just to play a little devil's advocate here, you say you have a 590 that you don't use now and that you don't really care for shotguns. That's fine, to each is own. But it doesn't really matter how good of a deal you get on a fire arm if you aren't going to use it.

$1450 is a good price for that weapon, but why not spend it on something that you are more likely to fire? Even if it was $14.50 it's a waste of money if you aren't going to use it. Just my .02
Come on, be honest. Everyone of us has some safe queens, which he just bought because it was a chance.

Regret it, even it's only a safe queen? Never.

And money can be wasted for much more useless junk.

But that's just my opinion.
 

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I love auto shotguns, but in all seriousness... what is a Benelli M4 going to get you that an FN Herstal SLP will not? Nothing. By the time you consider the expensive tube extension, an FN costs half as much yet has all the benefits. I'd highly recommend looking at those.
 

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Yeah man those are great shotguns, Thats for sure a good price as long as its new and black. I have seen the desert camo ones going for like twelve hundred, I assume thats because they are absolutely hideous and no one wants one. Back to the point, If you have the money, I say do it. The m4 is the only tactical benelli I would buy, As far as I know the m1 super90 and the m2 are inertia driven autos, that kick like a mule, whereas the m4 is actually gas operated and would be far more usefull in a tactical situation, The mag extension is about $100
 

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Come on, be honest. Everyone of us has some safe queens, which he just bought because it was a chance.

Regret it, even it's only a safe queen? Never.

And money can be wasted for much more useless junk.

But that's just my opinion.
No arguments there, I have some that don't get fired nealry as much as they deserve to be. Do I regret buying them at all, no. Do I wish I had spent that same coin on some other firearm......:juggle:
 

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Im not much of a shotgun person as the range and advent of body armor limits their usefulness when compared to a rifle. I own a mossberg 590 and never use it but found a benelli m4 for 1450 at my local strore new. Should I buy it? I would imagine a pump action is more reliable in the field but how much of a combat advantage do you get with an auto? How good are these shotguns?
Remember years ago the Big shoot out with bank robbers vs Los Angeles Police? IF only the Police could have sent a 12 gauge slug to the robbers face or knee.....Ammo is critically important as is the weapon of choice...:thumb:
 
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