View Full Version : Franchi defense auto...

February 5, 2002, 11:48 AM
I saw one of these for the first time in a shop the other day. Looked and felt like a solid piece. I'm getting ready to buy an auto, and the $500 neighborhood the Franchi seems to live in sounds better than the Benelli, or the Beretta, or even the Remington. Anybody have any experience with these? I hear that Franchi is part of the Beretta/Benelli "empire" now, can I expect near the same quality? Any input appreciated, thanks.


February 5, 2002, 10:32 PM
It's an awesome gun! And if you hunt, all that needs to be done is install a plug and purchase the hunting barrel. It is less expensive to convert from defensive to hunting than vice versa.

Best value in shotguns right now.

Dave McC
February 6, 2002, 05:15 AM
Franchis have a good rep, and the owners of same I run across are fond of them but...

$500=one Franchi or two 870s. Say one 870 is a basic HD style or deer gun, t'other's a 28" sporter. Simple math, two great guns vs one great gun.

Oleg Volk
February 7, 2002, 10:55 AM
I wanted one. Handled it, liked the way it pointed. Got ready to buy it and, on a hunch, looked over the manual. Tried to operate it. The manual of arms is very complicated compared to a pump or an 1100/1187. It is similar to Beretta and HK shotguns: if you like those, I really think this gun is worth two 870s (gas operation is a big plus IMO for recoil reduction). However, as I could barely make it work at a store, I decided to avoid it for real uses out of concern that I wouldn't be able to operate it.

February 7, 2002, 11:32 AM
The Franchi I really like is the SPAS-12 shotgun, but it's banned here in the PRK. Damm!