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Old January 30, 2000, 09:47 PM   #1
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Have a Benelli M1Super90 that I love but my wife can't stand the recoil of it. So what else is out there for a softer kicking 12guage semi-auto? Remington 11-87? Mossberg 9200A1? I don't have any experience with shotguns except my 870 and the Benelli.
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Old January 31, 2000, 02:09 AM   #2
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From what I've heard, the Beretta AL390 is rumored to be the softest recoiling semi-auto. I may be wrong, but this is what the guys at the gun shop told me.

Of course my opinion on this will be biased since I own one! The recoil feels only slightly softer than my friend's Rem 11-87. One thing to note though is that my AL390 is much lighter than my friend's 11-87. Hence, recoil feels similar. I'm sure if they weighed the same, recoil on the Beretta will feel significantly lighter.

The Benelli M1 Super 90 is a recoil operated, hence more recoil than gas guns like the Beretta and Remington.

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Old January 31, 2000, 09:45 AM   #3
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Check out the Remington website, they are Re-introducing the model 1100 as a trap and sporting clays gun. The 1100 has a reputation as the softest shooting auto, but it will probably only take 2 3/4 in shells in the above configuration. The 1100 is definitely different than the 11-87.

To soften the recoil with beretta AL390's consider adding one or more of the recoil reducers sold for the gun. One is a weight added to the magazine cap and another is a mercury filled tube added to the inside of the stock. I have seen quite a few of these guns with the above recoil reducers added on the sporting clays ranges I shoot at. The 390 has given recoil sensitive shooters new life on the clays ranges

Check out these websites:

both companies do custom work on AL390's.

Hope this is of some help.

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Old January 31, 2000, 10:22 AM   #4
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K80: Just curious, why do they use mercury and not lead? Seems like it would be cheaper and less hazardous than mercury. Just awonderin....

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Old January 31, 2000, 01:22 PM   #5
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Muleshoe, mercury is liquid, lead isn't (at normal temps).

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Old January 31, 2000, 09:29 PM   #6
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Ditto Beretta AL390 for smoothness and least recoil.

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Old January 31, 2000, 11:43 PM   #7
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Muleshue, as Coinneach stated, mercury is liquid at room temperatures. The recoil dampers utilize the mercury sloshing around the tube to reduce recoil, some law of physics that I barely understand. Some shooters have used lead in the stock or even in the magazine tube to add weight and reduce recoil in autos. More weight =less recoil.

I wouldn't want to have the mercury leak out of the tube, but guys I know who use the mercury filled recoil dampers swear by them. One guy I know has three of them on his AL390, two in the stock and one on the magazine tube cap. His gun is lefthanded, so I havent tried to shoot it, but have shot another with two dampers and it definitely was soft shooting.

BTW, I just noticed that seminole does work on Benellis, maybe they can take the bite out of Michael64's M1.

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