Benelli Super Vinci 12 Gauge Autoloading Shotgun
Illustration courtesy of Benelli USA.
New for 2011 is the Benelli Super Vinci, the 3-1/2 inch version of the innovative Vinci that has been the high water-mark of the newest, bizarre, autoloading shotgun offerings. A detailed discussion of the Vinci is elsewhere on Guns and Shooting Online, with my original observations still holding true in the original model. The Super Vinci is very similar the original Vinci itself, with just a few minor changes. The tested model is Benelli #10555 with unpolished black metal surfaces and a black plastic stock, 28 in. barrel, 50.5 in. overall length and a shocking MSRP of $1649. Here are some more detailed specifications:
ˇ Gauge: 12
ˇ Barrel length: 28"
ˇ LOA: 50.5"
ˇ Magazine Capacity: 3+1.
ˇ CrioŽ Chokes: C, IC, M, IM, F
ˇ Length of Pull: 14-3/8 in.
ˇ Drop at Heel: 2".
ˇ Drop at Comb: 1-3/8".
ˇ Type of Sights: Red bar front sight and metal bead mid-sight
ˇ Minimum recommended load: 3-dram, 1-1/8 oz.
ˇ Receiver drilled and tapped for scope mounting.
ˇ Weight: 7.0 lbs.
ˇ 2011 MSRP: $1649
Compared to the standard Vinci with a 28-inch barrel, the Super Vinci is just slightly longer (three quarters of an inch) and weighs just one tenth of one pound more. The retail price of the std. Vinci is $1379, making the Super Vinci $270 more at retail, but there is less of a difference in street price.
Chuck Hawks, fearless leader of Guns & Shooting Online, is violently opposed to ugly shotguns, perfectly exemplified by this Benelli Super Vinci. Shotguns are traditionally the sleekest and most beautiful of all firearms and Mr. Hawks, who loves guns, considers shotguns like the Benelli Vinci the equivalent of defacing the Mona Lisa. Well, yes, the lack of aesthetic appeal in many shotguns today is obvious. The Super Vinci combines the worst of repulsive Euro-trash styling with cost-cutting black plastic and unpolished external metal surfaces. The styling and materials used in some shotguns today, particularly autoloaders and especially Benelli models, are repulsive enough to drive Mr. Hawks close to therapy. An intervention from Dr. Phil may be imminent.
Directly comparing this 28 in. Super Vinci to my 26 in. camo Vinci, it doesn't weigh more, it is actually about 2 oz. lighter at 6 lbs. 14 oz. vs. about 7 lbs. for the standard Vinci. The trigger on the Super Vinci is outstanding right out of the box, breaking at 3-3/4 to 4 lbs. The oddly shaped, plastic trigger guard of the Super Vinci has a slightly larger hole in it, the safety is a larger, oversized button, but the differences in actual shooting are almost imperceptible. Both of these shotguns work exceedingly well. Both are among my personal favorites, although Managing Editor Chuck Hawks finds them far too ugly to bear.
This 6 lb. 14 oz. Super Vinci was shot right alongside the 7-3/4 lb. Stoeger M3500. With no question, the substantially lighter Super Vinci was softer shooting, both to me any to the whole group that tried them side by side. The ComforTech of the Super Vinci not only works, but works well.
The Super Vinci handled 1 oz. lead and 1 oz. steel target loads with no hiccups, with no break in or even pre-range cleaning. The choice between the Vinci and the Super Vinci is a very simple, if not obvious one. If you want the absurd 3-1/2 in. shell capability, get the Super Vinci. If you don't, save a few pesos and get the standard Vinci. There is no significant difference in handling, shouldering, or function between the two.
Of all the new autoloading hunting shotguns introduced over the last several years, the Vinci has proved to be the most maintenance-free, hassle-free and easily the most innovative. (As well as the ugliest. -Editor.) The Super Vinci just extends that to the 3-1/2 inch platform.
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