GUNS Magazine The Super Vinci

Versatile fit

The gun fit me just fine out of the box, but even if it didn’t, the stock dimensions could have been easily changed. Many shotguns these days have adjustable stocks, which was once almost completely restricted to firearms. The Super Vinci comes with four different metal washers designed to fit between the stock and the back of the action, modifying the throw and the drop. If necessary, you can also order different recoil pads and cheek pads, or even change the entire stock.

I played with the pucks after the test shot. They worked – and the butt twisted easier after each disassembly. The “standard” puck gives a 1-1/2″ comb drop and a 2-1/2″ heel drop, with a pull length of 14″.

The stock and forend also include molded holes for detachable sling swivels. Slingshot fittings are common on European shotguns, an addition that shotgun makers in other parts of the world would do well to emulate. Americans seem allergic to slings on all guns except turkeys, but a sling comes in handy in other types of hunting. I’ve used one a few times when climbing chukar cliffs or hiking to the pickup with a limit of birds in my vest.

The trigger was also a pleasure, snapping pretty cleanly at an average of 3 pounds and 14 ounces. Many shooters consider the trigger on a shotgun unimportant, but good wing shooting requires a trigger that fires when your subconscious says “Go!” This is especially important in a light shotgun, which is why the wing shooters of Victorian England worked out a basic formula: the trigger pull of a shotgun should be about half the weight of the gun itself. The Super Vinci’s trigger approached very close to this ideal and, combined with the fine balance, made it easy to shoot clay birds, even when I tried to dust off the biggest chunk after the initial break.

The rear of the Super Vince trigger guard was reconfigured from the long slope of the original Vinci, which tended to hit the shooter’s middle finger. The Super Vinci’s guard is shortened and squared off, so much less likely to cause pain.

Instead of the standard three choke-tube package supplied by most manufacturers, the Super Vinci comes with five cylinders marked, improved, modified, improved-modified and complete cylinder.

The bore itself was .726″, tighter than most American 12 gauge bores but common in European firearms, supposedly allowing the gun to handle traditional ammunition with felt wads and cardboard. (Such ammunition is still produced in other parts of the world, and is even beginning to return here, as wads break down much faster than plastic wads.)

The chokes provided 0.003″, 0.010″, 0.022″, 0.028″, and 0.040″ constrictions, and all fired to the same base location, centered just around where the shotgun was pointing. The chokes are longer and taper more smoothly than many other screw-on chokes, allowing for uniformity in any ammo model. Only the three most open chokes are designed for steel shot, but longer and tighter chokes are available as an additional option.

Eventually, all of the Super Vinci’s features overcame the tester’s non-objectivity. This is a very good gun, and would especially be a great choice for any hunter wanting a versatile 12 gauge for everything from doves to geese.

Manufacturer: Benelli Armi Spa, Italy
Importer: Benelli USA
901 Eighth Street, Pocomoke, MD 21851

(800) 264-4962,

Action Type: Inertial Autoloader
Gauge: 12
Choke tubes: C, IC, M, IM, F
Capacity: 3
Barrel length: 26″
Total length: 48-1/2″
Weight: 6.9 pounds
Finish: Realtree camo
Aiming: Red fiber optic bead
Draw length: 14″
Comb drop: 1-1/2″
Heel drop: 2-1/2″
Retail: $1,759

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