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Old June 19, 2022, 06:56 AM   #1
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I just couldn't help myself. Benelli M1014

I went into Dick's with a friend so he could get a new rifle case.

I saw they had a Benelli on the shelf. Talked to the gun counter guy. He said they had it for over a year and it just wasn't selling so they had marked it down to get rid of it. $1800 + tax. Mind you this is the neutered civilian one with the adjustable stock that doesn't adjust and the mag with the 5 round limiter.

So I thought "this is Dick's. Their prices aren't that great, I'll find one online and order it."

But to my surprise $1800 was about as good a price as I could find, plus ordering online, I'd have to pay shipping and transfer at my LGS.

So I went back to Dick's and picked it up. Promptly ordered the 3 position stock tube and a 7 round mag tube. Taking it to the gunsmith this coming week to have the parts installed.

Did I need another Benelli when I already have a M2 Tac? Well... No. But do I like the M4 better than the M2? Yeah. And when I get it back from the gunsmith I'll like it even better. Probably going to sell the M2.




And yes I know this thread is useless without pics so give me a few minutes to upload one.
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Old June 19, 2022, 06:59 AM   #2
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Old June 19, 2022, 07:02 AM   #3
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Also anyone have experience with the Mesa Tactical shell saddle? I'm looking at getting one.

Are they good? Are they junk? What do you think?

https://www.mesatactical.com/product...-5-1-2-in.html
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Old June 19, 2022, 11:36 AM   #4
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Very nice find, with that Benelli M4.
Comments, from my perspective (not right/wrong):

-Keep the M2 as it's always good to have a spare shotgun around, especially if the manual-of-arms is similar, as the M2 and M4 are.

-I've not tried a Mesa Tactical side-saddle. On my Remington and Mossberg pumps, my Tacstar side-saddles have been working fine for a couple of decades now.

-And lately, I've been using Velcro-type shell holders which work fine, even preferred, for their quick removal/replacement. I recommend these, even though you'd have to stick on some Velcro to the receiver.
https://esstac.com/shotgun/

-I noticed the Mesa Tactical holder, as linked, has a built-in Pic rail, whereas the M4 pictured, already comes with its own Pic rail.
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Old June 19, 2022, 02:39 PM   #5
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I noticed the Mesa Tactical holder, as linked, has a built-in Pic rail, whereas the M4 pictured, already comes with its own Pic rail.
Yeah, that's how it attaches. You take the factory rail off and screw the Mesa rail/ shot saddle on.
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Old June 21, 2022, 12:18 PM   #6
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Dick's Sporting Goods? I thought they got out of the firearms business a year or two ago? We don't have one around here, but I do recall them being in the news and forums a lot some time back.
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Old June 21, 2022, 05:03 PM   #7
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Yeah, Dick's sporting goods.

They stopped selling pistols and AR type rifles. But they still have bolt actions, lever guns, and apparently the occasional Benelli M4
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I looked at one of these a few weeks ago, I think it was less expensive, but maybe I'm wrong. Very nice indeed.
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Old June 22, 2022, 01:37 PM   #9
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I've heard adding a side saddle on inertia driven shotguns can cause feeding issues, though I havent tested it myself. I have a M2 tactical that I keep stock, never needed to change a thing on it for it's purpose.
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Old June 22, 2022, 03:47 PM   #10
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The M2 is a inertia action. The 1014 or M4 model has twin gas pistons under the barrel.

My M2 tactical doesn't run 100% on low brass birdshot. The M4 will cycle anything. Or it has so far...
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