The tagline “simply perfect” is the reputation that Benelli strives to achieve with all of their produced firearms. Their pump-action shotguns are some of the more popular options. The Benelli 12-gauge shotgun has a few unique features that make it one of the most reliable and durable shotguns on the market today.
While Benelli offers quite a few 12-gauge shotguns, the most popular on the market today is the Nova Pump Action Shotgun. It is geared towards hunters of small game and its high end ergonomic features make the handling easier and smoother than other models. It mounts points naturally and with the simple, no tool needed field stripping process, it’s clear this model was built with hunters in mind. The final significant aspect is the larger trigger guard that is easy to use with gloves.
There are a series of unique parts to this shotgun which lend itself to being durable and popular in the hunting world. The first is the steel skeletal frame underneath a polymer outside meant to ensure longevity of the firearm. The layering cuts back on the weight of the shotgun (which weighs in at around 8lbs), as well as improves durability within different weather conditions. With the addition of the molded series of grooves in the polymer on the grip and fore to help even in wet conditions and while wearing gloves, this shotgun is great for hunting in any season or geographical location.
The second very popular aspect of the 12-gauge Nova shotgun is the easiness of clearing the chamber. By pressing one button, shooter are able to clear the chamber without dumping all the rounds in the four-round magazine. The push-button shell stop makes it easy to continue shooting without needing to constantly reload the fallen rounds when trying to eject the empty shells.
The final extremely unique aspect that helps give this shotgun a higher rating is the one-piece polymer stock and receiver. While it does mean that customization is harder to come by easily, it helps to increase the shotgun’s strength. This gun is mainly used for hunting small game, and this one-piece addition is engineered specifically to help with this purpose.
The rest of the shotgun is pretty typical when compared to what you see on the market. The recoil is able to be felt but not heavily so or to the point of impeding your next shot. The pump action is a relative staple for beginner hunters and is inexpensive, reliable, and easy to operate. It functions smoothly and is reported to never had a failure to eject, load, or misfire. Customers have the option to choose between 24”, 26” or 28” barrel. The 28” can be a bit long for a stereotypical shotgun, but it is still easy to shoot. The only downside is for younger shooters it may not fit as comfortably as other options.
While the Benelli 12-gauge Nova shotgun may be a bit on the expensive side for an entry-level firearm, if you are looking for a unique gun that no other company produces, it is worth the price.