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What are your thoughts on a Benelli M1?

Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by M4J0R T0M, May 4, 2010.

  1. M4J0R T0M

    M4J0R T0M

    Jan 8, 2010
    I may be able to pick up a Benelli M1 for pretty cheap and was wondering what you guys thought of them. I did a search and couldn't find much info here, so that tells me they aren't all that popular, maybe I'm wrong.

    I don't know much about shotguns, the only experience I have is with my Winchester Model 1200 pump that my dad gave me a few years ago. I would be purchasing the gun for HD and general shooting. Maybe some bird hunting or clay shooting. It is the basic version with the standard stock and I don't know if it comes with anything else. What do you guys think?
  2. PEC-Memphis

    PEC-Memphis Scottish Member

    Oct 19, 2006
    Doh ?
    Excellent shotgun. As I recall, it is inertia operated, rather than gas operated. It tolerates residue better than a gas operated system. Because of this, some models of this series don't like light loads. As I recall, it is a pretty soft shooter.

    I think that the reason you don't see it mentioned here very much is that they are typically used for sporting purposes.

  3. stopatrain

    stopatrain Lifetime Member

    Aug 28, 2005
    I've heard good things about it.
  4. M4J0R T0M

    M4J0R T0M

    Jan 8, 2010
    Thanks for the replies guys. Anyone else have any thoughts on an M1 for home defense?
  5. iamhistory


    Apr 7, 2003
    it's a's quality.
  6. Navitimer


    Apr 29, 2009
    Never shot one (or seen one in person for that matter) but it looks awesome. I agree with the comment above - It's a Benelli so chances are good that it's top quality.
  7. Folsom_Prison

    Folsom_Prison Brew Crew

    May 2, 2010
    Go for it, you won't be let down!!!!!!!
  8. An auto will go through a lot of shells so be sure it will consistently handle the low brass target loads or you will be spending good money for the higher priced high brass hunting loads. For fun shooting my auto will handle the 100 shell value pack from Wal-Mart all day long. This low brass target loads sell for around $24.00 for a box of 100.
  9. :crying: There is only one problem with a benelli shotgun and that is Subjective. You cannot change the butt stock due to the way they are built. Therefore if the SHTF ever it is not a good vehicle/Patrol car gun unless you consider the trunk readily accessible.
  10. M4J0R T0M

    M4J0R T0M

    Jan 8, 2010
    Do you mean changing it out to a pistol grip with no stock? I don't think I would ever be in a situation to do that.
  11. F_G


    Jan 11, 2010
    Crown King, AZ
    I don't have a Benelli M1 Super 90 for home defense, but I do regularly use one to hunt with. I haven't found a load it won't digest 100%, anything from light Dove loads to 3" Turkey loads. It is inertia operated, not gas. I tell you this as you get a lot more "feedback" (as in felt recoil) than you do with a gas operated shotgun such as the 1100 or FN SLP. Not a bad thing by any means, but just be aware if you plan to shoot slugs all day long.

    Excellent shotgun, my favorite out of my non OU shotguns, and has been 100% reliable in the 22 years I've had it.
  12. An M1 was my first shotgun and it is still my go-to hunting shotgun. Until recently I had a Benelli M3 that was also superbly reliable, but I sold it in favor of Saigas. As tube-fed autos go, nothing beats a Benelli for quickness or reliability. If you can afford it, get it.
  13. Norske

    Norske Millennium Member

    Mar 24, 1999
    Love mine. M1 Super 90 w/ghost ring sights.

    I found the hard way that mine, at least, does not like light loads. Shoots like a house afire with heavy loads. It keeps slugs in a group the size of your palm at 50 yards.

    I put something like 400 rounds through it before I felt I just "had" to clean it. Just about didn't have to; compared to any gas-op gun it was still very clean inside. I just wiped it down, lubed it whereever it seemed to need lube, and put it back together.
  14. ScrappyDoo

    ScrappyDoo Tacticool brah!

    Jan 16, 2010
    The Benelli M2 Tac has been the most "Ahhhhh....." lights beaming / chimes ringing / etc. weapon I've held... It was Italian amazing.

    I "Settled" on a Mossberg 930 SPX and a Benelli Supernova for still less than the M2, but as someone said, if it says Benelli it's pretty good.

    Now about that MR-1...... :wavey:
  15. ronin.45


    Apr 24, 2008
    As stated the finest tube fed semi available. The only better combat shotgun might be the Saiga if you can work out the bugs. And the only advantage it has is after the 8th shot.:supergrin:
  16. I'd say it has an advantage after the ninth, tenth, eleventh, twelfth, thirteenth, fourteenth, fifteenth, sixteenth, seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth shots, too. Saiga 12+ MD20=game changer.

    Still, the Benelli is a heck of a gun. You won't regret getting one.
  17. GlocksterPaulie

    GlocksterPaulie Perfectionist

    Dec 16, 2003
    Damned if I know
    I have a few and love them. Plenty of rounds through them and they continue to run. Tom Knapp ran a M1 for many years, finally retired it after 300K rounds.

  18. ronin.45


    Apr 24, 2008
    Those are all after the eigth shot, right?:tongueout:
  19. GLShooter


    Jan 3, 2006
    Phoenix, AZ
    I've shot one in matches and hunting for over 15 years. That term Super in the name means just that. I even shoot 2" shells I load myself in it with 100% function.

    Set up with speed loaders it is like grease owl dukky. It will hammer pheasants so fast that guys with you can't believe it (Of course we had five of them for six hunters! LOL)

    Last edited: Jun 3, 2010
  20. varmint6


    Jun 3, 2009
    ive had mine for years and i love it but would not want to use as a 3 am wake up gun for home defense i use an 870 because of simplicity of operation