Benelli Super Vinci 3.5″ Magnum – Super Size My Vinci

by Administrator on January 26, 2011

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http://www.benelliusa.com/supervinci/

The problem with having to do something new to get media attention is that when you do something close to perfect the first time, there isn’t much if anything that needs changing. New isn’t always better, and thankfully Benelli hasn’t changed much of anything about their acclaimed Vinci line of shotguns. The Super Vinci can just take a 3 1/2” shell which the original Vinci could not.

The Super Vinci is being billed as the “Evolution of the Revolution.” And the revolution they are talking about is the inertia driven bolt system that makes the Vinci guns different than everything that came before them. There is no gas tube to cycle the action. Everything is driven by the backward pressure of the fired shotshell. The three piece modular system keeps all of the energy and weight of the gun between the hands of the shooter, which is ideal for accuracy and followup shots.

Changes from the Vinci to the Super Vinci are very few. Super Size Me is the focus really, and a cute marketing campaign features a drive through and GoDaddy’esque supermodel in a leather jumpsuit. For waterfowl hunters this a big step up for their favorite shotgun. The 3 ½” shell with the right choke can bring non-lead rounds into the realm of lead performance in the 3”.

The Super Vinci has the same Quadra Fit stock system that allows adjustment for drop (the angle of boreline to the trigger), cast (right to left angle of the stock), length of pull (the distance between the trigger and the buttpad), and the comb height (where your cheek rests on the stock). There is a slightly bigger trigger guard on the Super Vinci, and a slightly bigger safety. All minor incremental changes on what is already thought to be a near perfect gun.

The Super Vinci is available in a 26” and 28” black synthetic Realtree MAX-4, and a 26” in Realtree APG. The gun weighs about 7 pounds empty and the MSRP is $1,649 for the black and $1,759 for the camo guns. It comes with the Benelli Crio Chokes in C, IC, M, IM, F, as well as a hard case, the Quadra Fit shims, a mid bead and red bar front sight. You can get optional turkey, pass, and decoy chokes, as well as different size gel pads and gel comb inserts. The receiver is drilled and tapped for Weaver 93A mounts.

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Vic Arnold January 26, 2011 at 4:20 pm

It would be interesting to do a compare and contrast for the Super Vinci versus the SBE 2. I am a lefty so partial to the SBE line. However, my SBE is now 10 years old and still going strong. Other than pure lust for a new gun, what would move me to consider moving up to a Super Vinci or SBE II and what are the considerations (other than handedness and price) that would push me one way or another? Also, the question is begged of why I would go Benelli over its “big brother” the Beretta if I can’t get a left handed version of the Super Vinci. Just interested and there is an open slot in the gun safe…

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Administrator January 26, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Beretta owns Benelli so it isn’t like you are taking money out of their pocket, though there is competition between the two guns. My suggestion is to try to shoot the two guns if you can and see which fits you better and shoots the way you like it. We shot the new competition Beretta at range day and it was really sweet, but not available in left handed yet. The Benellis have created a huge fan base for intertia, but there is a difference in the gas guns that you have to feel, and that you may prefer. Try to shoot them if you can.

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Don January 27, 2011 at 12:06 am

Regardless of how “revolutionary” the Vinci action is, I still find this new shotgun to be just as ugly as last years 3″ version. It hasn’t grown on me the least bit. Given the choice, I’d buy a SBE.

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Joe January 29, 2011 at 1:19 am

If you’d buy the SBE II based off of looks is as silly as saying “don’t give me the Red Delicious apple, give me the Granny Smith apple.” They are both Benelli’s and if you buy the Super Vinci you have every thing for the same price and more (less recoil). The more you look at Super Vinci or Vinci the less unconventional it becomes and gains a beauty of it’s own.

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Don February 1, 2011 at 2:29 am

Silly??? Really?? Look at the lines of the Vinci. The thing is ugly and I know for a fact that I’m hardly the only person that feels that way. I’m sorry but for my hard earned money, most of my guns not only have to perform but they have to look halfway decent too. I can accept a certain amount of ugly in an entry level gun, but not in something in this price range.

The Vinci action is quite intriguing and I’ll give it that much. However, in the age of every manufacturer coming out with a supposed softer shooting shotgun than the other manufacturer, I can only ask… Is it really necessary to keep marketing them under that guise. Has anyone really done any measurable study with supporting data to support these claims as to who really produces the softest shooting shotgun? Personally, I’m not a recoil sensitive person but if I was, I’d probably not bother with shooting 3 1/2″ mags as it really doesn’t buy a person a whole lot more performance in most circumstances when shooting modern heavier than lead loads.

While the Vinci action may be a serious mechanical achievement, ask yourself some honest questions about what Vinci is going to replace. Are the current breed of modern autoloaders unreliable? Benelli’s other offerings? Browning, Winchester, Beretta, Remington??? If you answered honestly, the answer is “no”. Do you really think a Vinci is that significantly softer shooting than these other shotguns?… even the gas operated ones? Based upon the shooting that I did with a 3″ mag Vinci last year, the answer to that question ranges from “not much to not at all”. Does the Vinci point better than these others? Shoot any better? Kill game any better?

Is it easier to clean? Based upon what I’ve seen I can give some credit to Vinci here. However, it’s not that significantly harder to clean most gas operated autoloaders or Benelli’s other inertia driven shotguns.

Here’s a real good question… How well does Vinci operate in the freezing rain/sleet or when it’s below zero and your busting ice to put out the decoys? That’s one I can’t answer, However, I do know that I haven’t had any problems with ANY of my other autoloaders.

The fact is, you can shoot what you like, and like what you shoot. However, in this shooters eyes, it’s plain ugly and it won’t get my money spent on it.

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Upton June 16, 2011 at 12:53 am

Vinci shoots great in the freezing cold. I live and duck hunt in Kansas and like Phil Robertson said “Kansas may be the coldest place on earth.” Obviously a stretch, but we get days that are in the single digits and the gun has shot flawlessly. Fortunately we have a power plant lake that circulates warm water keeping hunting water open all winter. I hunt out of a layout blind, so that does provide some additional protection on cold days, but either way the Vinci shoots perfect.

I do find that the Vinci points better than other models I have used. It may just be a personal preference or maybe the gun just fits me right, but I find that it swings and is on point.

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Jason January 11, 2014 at 2:08 pm

I think it’s a great shooting gun! It has been awesome on waterfowl for 4 seasons. I think it’s contemporary face and design compliments Vinici’s performance. Ugly?….LOL…I guess such a purchase is meant for those who are not narrow minded…..it comes down to preference. I own a SBEII and a Vinici.

Rob February 19, 2011 at 2:18 am

All i have to say about the ugly is who cares, only speak if you have shot the gun, it puts my SBEII to shame as far as quickness to draw and recoil. Dont get me wrong i didnt like its looks at first but then i shot it and i was sold. I will never bring another gun to the duck marsh again, for a couple reasons. I am very hard on guns with mud, saltwater ect. and this gun breaks apart with ease. I have been a benelli fan for years starting with the Nova and i still to this day will never duck hunt with anything else. I have had buddys throwing there remingtons ect on the ground for malfunctions while i continue to shot ducks, love this gun thanks Benelli. On another note your follow through shots will greatly improve also!

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John E. February 26, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Very interested in the Vinci or Super Vinci but neither seems to be offered in a left handed configuration any time soon. Anyone know if this is planned for either model?

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Jimmie Jones May 28, 2011 at 5:38 pm

The Super Vinci has a beauty all its own. Can the safty be reversed for a lefty like my Super x 2 Winchester? I have never had a problem with empties being ejected accross in front of me. Thanks.

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Guto August 6, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Brand new super vinci benelli. I m having a lot of Trouble cycling 2-3/4″ shells in the super Vinci, i try remington, winchester and federal from walmart. It jams when it loads the second shot almost every other time even after 200 rounds. I try to hold it tight, several shooters, no change, I lube it to the point that the lube is dripping out. No change. What the f..k. I just spend $1600 with tax at cabelas for a nice shoot gun , and i got a single shooter instead of a semiautomatic. Any sugestions. Top of the line shotgun? Not really…

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Steelshot77 August 17, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Hey, I have had no issues shooting the lighter loads (except one time with my own reload shell). Lubricating the guns is fine, however with this new inertia system you got to lean into it, and give the gun adequate back pressure on your shoulder. I have cycled all loads progressivley through it, and no problems. I have taken it to the range and would recommend shooting winchester universal 12 guage 2 3/4 1200 fps 3 dr. eq. 1 1/8 oz. 7 1/2 shot. Benelli recommends using synthetic gun oil on all of the guns internal lubricated parts. Cold weather use Low Vescosity synthetic gun oil. This may help as well here is the link to benelli usa support http://www.benelliusa.com/support/

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larry April 6, 2012 at 12:43 am

Had a similar experience, Benelli advised me to shoot a box full of heavy loads to “break in” the inertia system before moving to light loads. I did this and the gun ejects like a charm. Later I read the manual and the advice was in the manual as well.

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SOCOM October 6, 2013 at 10:32 am

I had the same problem with the 2-3/4 shells. At first I thought it was high brass vs low, but after trying several types of shells I found that you need to use 1200 fps or higher in order for the inertia system to work properly., The manual says that the Super Vinci needs 240 kgm to cycle correctly. I bought this as an all around gun, Turkey, Duck, Dove and Skeet. I am also disappointed that I can’t go to Walmart and buy the on-sale 100 rounds to take to the skeet range, looking to trade-in.

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Chris August 31, 2011 at 6:10 pm

This is the best semi automatic shotgun on the market. It’s reliable and has way less recoil than any other shotgun I have ever fired. The gun is awesome! If your’s main complaint is that you think It’s ugly then, your obviously concerned with it’s appearance and not It’s brilliant performance. If you want a good looking gun go to your’e grandpa’s gun case and get his over under shotgun with It’s oak finish and go pheasant hunting! To me looks are the last thing I’m concerned about! Performance and reliability is! The Benelli Super Vinci is truly a revolutionary shotgun. It’s worth every penny.

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Cody September 6, 2011 at 2:50 pm

I have the problem where the gun fails to cycle the second shell after 500 rounds. I hate this gun because of that reason. Should have gotten the SBE2. Its more reliable

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M.h. September 6, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Does the Super Vinic3.5 left handed

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Matt December 29, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Yes they do have left handed models for a little extra money

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kevin September 12, 2011 at 7:01 pm

hello im planing to buy a benelli i just dont know which one to get it between the sbe2 or the super vinci 3.5 help me out whats the ups and downs to both guns thanks

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Matt December 29, 2011 at 7:24 pm

It depends for what you’re using it for. If you’re a hunter than I would definitely recommend the super Vinci. I love mine, I just want to sleep with it.

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Kurtis September 23, 2011 at 11:32 am

I have bought a Super Vinci recently and love the gun, I was going to buy the SBEII but the Vinci is almost a half pound lighter and all of the weight they saved is from up front. I have only went out hunting a half dozen times or so but wow. Quick to pull up and you can hold it all day without the heavy feel of others. My hunting buddies are saving up for that gun, since they have used mine. Both guns obviously are Benelli’s so you have reliability out of both. Go with the gun that feels the best held up to your shoulder and lines up best. I know the direction I took was the best.

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jon wier September 28, 2011 at 1:32 pm

I hunt near Buffalo, NY, so I know what cold and freezing hunting conditions are. I own a SBE II and have never had one problem with reliability in every nasty condition imaginable. I prefer a bit heavier up front gun. It stabilizes the gun more in the heavy winds we get here on the Niagara river and lakes Erie and Ontario. That is my preference though. I also shoot the heaviest and fastest steel loads available. I am a larger person, ad with yor hunting clothes on don’t even notice the recoil. I think the super vinci might be a bit redunant but so what. Hunters have another choice of what they want to hunt with and that is a good thing. Why did GM build the camero and the Trans Am? Some people preferred the look of on over the other. Same thing

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Jay October 10, 2011 at 11:00 pm

I know it has been asked multiple times, but I have yet to read or hear an answer. Will the Vinci or Super Vinci be released in a left-handed model?

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Administrator October 10, 2011 at 11:15 pm

I have never seen one.

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Matt December 29, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Yes hey do have one but for a little extra money.

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Bird Dog October 14, 2011 at 8:33 am

I was a Benelli hater for years. I have done a complete 180 over the last 3 years.
I love my original VInci. (Bought it when I had 2 new remmingtons malfunction on first trips out) I hunt at least 60-75 days a year. Pheasants, ducks, geese, turkey, dove. Hunt in the sandhills. The blowing sand is VERY hard on guns. We hunt in freezin north Nebraska rain, sleet and snow. Never had 1 malfunction the entire season last year…. My Dad is a heavy hunter and loves his SBE2. You can literally hear the grit and sand when he loads it. Guess what? Still fires every time. I can’t say the same for his browning. When it gets really cold, he puts the Browning auto away. It just isn’t as trustworthy.
I know I will take a big hit, but I am considering upgrading to the super Vinci. The ONLY thing that bothered me about the original was the 3″ chamber. I really would like to shoot 3.5″ at Geese. I have short arms, the gun comes up very easy and has a good feel for me personally.
And Ugly? Who cares!! This isn’t a beauty contest. Go buy a high end O/u with gold inlays if you are looking to be “pretty”. You want reliability there is no substitute with a Benelli.
As far as having problems with the 2 3/4 inch shells, I haven’t had this issue. However, I have been told by a couple local gun dealers to “break in” your new Benelli with a half box or Magnums or a heavy turkey load. I don’t know if there is anything to this, but I did it and haven’t had problems.

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Katt November 8, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I am a lady hunter in Montana and I have had a few issues with things like the feel and fit of the shotguns that I have tried out in the field. On one of my latest Pheasant hunting trips a good friend encouraged me to use his new Benelli Black Hawk. Wow! That was the most fun that I have had in the field at that point. When I pulled it up it was right on target, plus, it was light weight and not cumberson for me to carry. So, I thought I had made up my mind as to which shotgun was to be my trustworthy companion. However when I went into Snappy’s Sports Center in Kalispell, I had the pleasure of handeling the Super Vinci which was even more comfortable with it’s new sleek features. Needless to say, I bought it. Complete success and huge smiles were the result of my next trip duck hunting. This shotgun has given me tremendous confidence and I have had so much fun with it just so far. Now that I have found my “GO TO” I am so excited to get back into the field and not feel like I am at a disadvantage. I have one last thing to share, even though it seems like there are negative responces about the ugly appearance of this Super Vinci. I enjoy the non glare camo pattern and stability appearance of this shotgun. We are all different, but I have respectively found functionality to be necessary and that the prettiest and shinniest in the fold isn’t always the most productive. I am completely satisified with my choice Enjoyment in the field is key, but waterfowl tablefare is “priceless.” Yuummm! Thank you Benelli!

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Bob Dempsey November 15, 2011 at 1:31 pm

The super Vinci is the best shooting shotgun I have ever used for pheasant. I was dropping them at distances my hunting partners could not believe and long after they had given up. Most fun you can have with your clothes on!!

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Jeff Brazda December 11, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Hello gun fans,
I was given the gift of a new Benelli Super Vince. My experiance is this, the gun cycles good ,very light and handes all the shells I can use in a season of waterfowl hunting. Bad thing is it rips holes in my trigger finnger and has my middle finger so sore I can’t shoot it after ten shots in a day,,, period. The butt stock and trigger ergonomics seems to be for a childs hands. I have tried holding real tight to my shoulder, gloves, thick gloves, medical tape on my trigger finger etc.. I am about to give up a great gift from my wife. Any suggestions, oh Benelli has nothing to say! not even a responce.

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Matt December 29, 2011 at 7:29 pm

You have to have a tight grip with you’re trigger finger hand because they just made the super Vinci to solve that problem when you’re wearing thick gloves.

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Justin December 26, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Jeff, I am having the same problem. it sucks ive tried all that and now im so focused on holding the gun that im missing birds. Im shooting black cloud 3 1/2 2 shot. Have you found any secrets i was thinking about shiming the stock out some? Open for ideas.

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Beau January 2, 2012 at 9:02 am

Whoever makes the arguement that the gun is ugly is simple minded. Are you buying a car or buying something to hunt/perform? The Super vinci is by far the best shotgun I’ve ever had or shot for that matter. If your considering buying one and reading these reviews, keep in mind that the people that have something bad to say either never shot one, or cant afford one. You get what you pay for plain and simple. If you want the best on the market and something to last, This is the gun for you.

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jack hayes January 8, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Jeff,
As i write this i am looking at the blister on my trigger finger. And my swollen right hand. The blister has been there for weeks and was reopened yesterday in a 10 round hunt. This was last minute hunt so I didnt take time to protect my hand. I hunt in Ms and most days no gloves are needed. I have had 4 hunts shooting from 10-30 3.5 shells on each hunt. One trip i retreived some duct tape from the atv and double wrapped it around a glove and my trigger finger. My brother and a friend all purchased our super vinci”s right before the season opened at Thanksgiving. All three of us have the same problem. The recoil on this gun can only be described as brutal. It kicks so hard it is simply hard to hold. Try using moleskin on inside of trigger finger wrapped several times with medical tape. Then a heavy mitten type glove with individual fingers like a regular glove. Pull mitten back and fold back over knuckles and use medical tape to wrap around hand once or twice to cushion your knuckles. Other than the recoil and the fact it is hard to load from the bottom as it is real stiff, I love the gun. Points great ,easy to hold and swing. 3 inch shells are very manageable its just the 3.5 that are so tough. But then thats reason I bought the gun. I am not recoil conscious but this one is almost too much of a kicker to shoot. Anyone else have any ideas on handling the recoil.

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rusty February 1, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Yes… Try lifting weights and getting a little stronger. I’ve never heard of anyone having this type of issue with the SV.

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Nate February 15, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Want to buy a super vinci do you think the trigger guard is to big these last 2 guys got me worried as far as the looks and ferformance am sold maybe these guys are wimps anyone else have any input?

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don February 25, 2012 at 9:27 pm

my sbe11 does beat my middle finger up quit a bit, I have an older SBE I had ported, it does not seem to hit my finger as often unless I am very cold and fail to grip it tightly. These guns are remarkable as far as reliability goes, we hunt ducks from the swamps of s.c. to arkansas, they are very reliable. I would suggest keeping the tube in the buttstock clean, you can tell when in starts to get dirty as the gun will start to cycle more slowly. I am looking to purchase a super vinci now and am curious if it will be as good.

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Larry February 27, 2012 at 10:37 pm

The Super Vinci creates discomfort in your trigger hand when shooting. The large trigger guard moves back and slams into the base of your middle finger upon recoil. The akward position of the safety button requires you to slide your hand forward to reach the safety. When you return your trigger hand back to the pistol grip of the buttstock and place your index finger on the trigger, the tendency is to grab to much trigger. With to much index finger on the trigger, your middle finger is in position to receive the full recoil of the Super Vinci. I’ve shot Browning A5′s which kick like a mule in the shoulder, but never hurt your hand. Its a shame about the Super Vinci, it was dependable, shoulders nice, looks cool, is light weight but what good is it, if your hand hurts at the end of the day. If the safety button was moved from infront of the trigger to behind the trigger, you wouldn’t have to move your hand off the pistol grip and could keep your hand away from the trigger guard. When I was at Mack’s Prairie Wing, I looked at a Super Vinci and spoke with the salesman behind the counter. He said, “You’re not the first person to tell me the Super Vinci hurts your hand on recoil.”

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Brandon March 14, 2012 at 4:49 am

I bought a Super Vinci at the beginning of our dove season and love it. I have used it for dove, pheasant, duck and geese this last hunting season. I have shot light target loads on up to heavy goose loads and never had a problem with it jamming. I like someone else posted like it so much I want to sleep with it:) I have kept track of how much I have shot it this year and have cycled it 1000+ rounds this season, including shooting clays with it. Would I recommend it for someone, ABSOLUTELY !!!!!!!

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brandon l January 1, 2013 at 10:43 pm

listen, i sold my beretta a400 xtreme for this super vinci, all you guys complaining about your hands and the recoil…learn how to shoot. this is THE softest shooting shotgun ive ever owned or shot (i have ALOT of em). its an absolute joy when you shoulder the SV the bead is right there for you. outstanding craftsmanship. shoots every load i throw at it. shes a keeper, im taking this one to my grave.

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deegan January 1, 2013 at 10:48 pm

listen, all you ladies complaining about the recoil and sore hands…whats wrong? clearly yous arent holding the gun right because since i sold my beretta a400 xtreme 3 weeks ago to get this super vinci. and its the softest shooting shotgun ive ever shot or owned. works with every single load i throw at it! so less complaining because your holding the gun wrong…and more eating the yummy ducks it shoots!

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Shawn March 12, 2014 at 11:09 pm

Done more research on the Vinci and Super Vinci than I have on any other gun I have bought, and a lot I have not bought… The whole “ugly” thing is preference. I for one think the sleek lines and modern look is kind of cool, like a Ferrari in 50 years it’s going to be an old look. When Glock came out, I was in the Marines, everyone else was saying what an ugly gun. Well, almost everyone I know that owns 3 or more handguns has at least 1. I have a model 21 and everyone that sees it loves the look now. Dependability? I know quite a few people with Vinci/Super Vinci that have dropped them in water, or mud, or stood in rain all day, and never had a fail to fire. Breakdown is quick, a friend let me use and clean it. Light, fast pointing, which MUCH of it the fit of the gun. Well, just my 2 cents, the Super Vinci is THE best shotgun I have ever shot, Ordering mine next month from a friend who is a dealer, and I will never NEED another shotgun, if I buy another, it will be because I just like buying guns…

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