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Old December 1, 2006, 12:27 AM   #1
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i heard that franchi guns are knock offs of benelli shotguns. is this true? are they reliable and is the quality just as good as benelli shotguns?
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Old December 1, 2006, 07:47 AM   #2
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I believe that Stoeger, benelli and franchi are all owned by the same company.
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Old December 1, 2006, 08:40 AM   #3
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Not the same, but a fair shotgun for the money. A friend has one of the semi's in 20 ga. and it works most(99.5%) of the time. Also it is very light and makes a good field gun.
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Old December 1, 2006, 02:05 PM   #4
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Beretta owns Franchi, Benelli, Stoeger and Tikka.

Franchi I12 and Diamond shotguns use Benelli's inertia system. The 712 and 720 are gas guns.

Benelli is top of the line. The Franchi is the middle class. Stoeger 2000 series are cheap due to be manufactured in Turkey,but still using the Benelli inertia system.

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Old December 1, 2006, 08:22 PM   #5
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The newer Franchi semi-auto offerings do have Benelli interia recoil systems in them now. Not entirely sure if they are drop in replacable.
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Old December 2, 2006, 10:26 PM   #6
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My neighbor has one.

It's beautful.

It didn't jam at all, and the recoil reduction was significant (especially when compared to the recoil of my 5 lb H&R single shot).

I say you should get it.
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