Gear: Benelli Nova 12 gauge shotgun


Benelli Nova 12 gauge shotgun

Category: Firearms, Tasers & Accessories
Subcategory: Shotguns
Price: $300.00 - $500.00
Average Rating:
(37 Votes)

Hunting: This model is available with a variety of barrel and sight configurations, most intended for hunting and/or trap/skeet shooting. It is made in both black and camouflage finishes. Due to the polymer coated receiver and stock, along with proprietary coatings on the action and barrel, it is considered impervious to the elements. Barrels may be rifled or smoothbore, and are usually 24", 26", or 28" in length. This model is available in 12 gauge or 20 gauge. Five types of chokes are available. Tactical: This model is intended for defensive purposes. With an 18" barrel, and rifle or ghost- ring (diopter) sights, it is easier to wield and quicker to sight than hunting models. This barrel is smoothbore, and unthreaded, (will not accept chokes) rendering it less accurate at longer ranges. A slightly different model labeled the H2O Nova is similar, with the exception of an electroless nickel finish replacing the standard black coating, presumably with corrosion resistance in mind. This model is 12 gauge only. SuperNova: This model incorporates a number of recoil reducing features, and has a removable stock that can be replaced by a pistol-grip stock. Synthetic Stock and Receiver Cover: for moisture resistance. Cross Bolt Safety Extensible Magazine: may optionally hold up to 7 rounds in magazine. (2.75in. 12 gauge) 3.5in. chamber: will fire and reliably cycle 2.75in., 3in., and 3.5in. shells. (in 12 gauge) Recoil Reducer: this optional mercury recoil unit is installed via a bracket that is attached to the interior of the stock. The baffled tube holds 14 oz. of mercury, which raises the length of time that the shot's impulse is spread across, thus lowering felt recoil. Optional Tritium Sights: for tactical units, to provide constantly illuminated sights. Chamber Empty Button: on the forend, allows unloading of unfired shell without releasing additional shells from the magazine. Recoil without the internal reducer is very harsh using the 3.5 inch shells. The shotgun is very light due to its composite/steel construction. This light weight shotgun lends itself to heavy recoil using heavy loads with high velocities. The recoil reducer helps reduce the felt recoil and allows the shooter to obtain a faster second shot. The recoil reducer is an option and must be purchased separately from Benelli or any of the more common shotgun web sites, or incorporated in the original sale/order. The recoil reducer consists of two elements; the apparatus that connects to the stock via the buttstock compartment, and the mercury element that is inserted into the recoil apparatus

Member Reviews

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    Tx_LawMan, Wed, 05 Sep 2007 19:27:27 UTC.
    1st review

    AWSOME shot gun, holds a tight pattern of buck shot and places slugs like a sniper rifle. Easy on the pocket book and holds a sweet 3 1/2 inch mag shell.

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    TWSUCPD, Tue, 02 Oct 2007 04:02:06 UTC.

    I have this in the 18.5 inch barrel with ghost ring sights. Great all around shotgun. Can take 2 3/4 to 3 1/2 sells. I suggest getting the recoil reducer if you purchase one.

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    aaa111, Tue, 02 Oct 2007 11:25:05 UTC.


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    jcormier1, Wed, 03 Oct 2007 01:47:31 UTC.

    Ii have one for hunting only, nice 28" barrel I believe? It is light so it has a little kick to it. SWEET gun though. No complaints

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    SAMSONEAGLE, Mon, 15 Oct 2007 19:03:59 UTC.


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    livin4life80, Sun, 21 Oct 2007 21:30:31 UTC.

    Great shotgun! Was kinda hesitant at first with all the polymer, but after a few rounds, was floored at how smooth and quick this shotgun was. I'll be buying one as soon as I can.

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    ochavez, Mon, 22 Oct 2007 23:37:57 UTC.

    I had the opportunity to shoot the 12 gauge version of this shotgun at the range. I liked the feel of the Benelli aswell as the sights. The gun was smooth with little recoil.

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    Thunderbolt, Sat, 27 Oct 2007 01:27:33 UTC.

    Personally, I love shotguns! And Benelli is definately one of the best!

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    Marine4life, Mon, 12 Nov 2007 23:20:30 UTC.

    Nothing better IMHO

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    duke114, Thu, 22 Nov 2007 07:54:25 UTC.

    this is the best and lightest shotgun you can get

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    Anonymous, Thu, 29 Nov 2007 15:58:20 UTC.

    If you must have a shotgun, this is the one you need to have. You can't go wrong,

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    Anonymous, Sun, 02 Dec 2007 21:53:47 UTC.

    This rides on Patrol with me. I have made some modifications to it to make it more user friendly and increase its tactical performance. This is it for reliability and firepower, its uses are only limited to your imagination.

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    jarhead1690, Sun, 02 Dec 2007 23:21:01 UTC.

    This firearm is top notch. I have owned one for 4 years now, beat the heck out of it goose and duck hunting in Michigan. It never fails or hangs up, even in the ice, snow and cold. I bought the camo version. I have used it turkey hunting as well. It is a little light in the rear, so you feel the 3 1/2 inch turkey mags, you can buy and recoil reducer for about 40 bucks and have it installed in the butt stock, makes a huge difference.

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    Deputycw4, Tue, 18 Dec 2007 10:24:13 UTC.

    This is the issued weapon for our dept. I love it.

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    Jadam747, Thu, 31 Jan 2008 21:32:35 UTC.

    I have one of these with 18.5 inch barrel for home defense, taking it down to the range, almost everyone wants to try it out, and they all love it. Plus, how can you go wrong with any 12 gauge chambered for 3 1/2 shells.

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    12345678900123, Mon, 10 Mar 2008 09:59:54 UTC.

    It's our department issued roit gun...It's a great weapon, but kicks like a mule...

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    magicdc, Wed, 12 Mar 2008 02:59:04 UTC.

    Awesome shotgun, fires great!

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    cspdky913, Mon, 28 Apr 2008 19:37:13 UTC.

    Love my B*Tch.. She sits well in my cruiser and on my 3 point tac sling..

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    semperfiguy, Mon, 02 Jun 2008 00:33:02 UTC.

    Love the Nova. Tricked out with 18" barrel, ghost-ring night sights, extender, recoil reduction, and a side-saddle. It's great shooting slugs and smiling while the guys with less worthy shotguns winch. Nice tight groups and it takes down for cleaning almost as fast as my Glocks. Push out two pins in the trigger area, drop the sub-assembly, pull one more to free the firing pin, release the barrel, and it's ready to clean. And it looks like something that belongs in Darth Vader's gun case.

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    MAR, Mon, 02 Jun 2008 00:53:02 UTC.

    Great gun. Shoots tight, even with 18.5 tactical barrel. Perfect homeland security tool

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    MRGSLC, Mon, 02 Jun 2008 03:10:11 UTC.

    Mine is used for waterfowl, and I must say, great handling shotgun. Smooth recoil even with 3 1/2" loads. Even when im out just shooting with the boys, it holds a great pattern at distance with buckshot.

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    harborcop4, Mon, 16 Jun 2008 20:39:50 UTC.

    I like this product. Many have gone down by its hand. Varmits like coyotes that are eating the endangered bird eggs. Super weapon. Should be called the SUPER NOVA.

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    Ponycar, Sat, 05 Jul 2008 16:41:32 UTC.

    We use them for less than lethal beanbags. Very accurate at 60 feet.

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    acclauhs, Fri, 18 Jul 2008 16:13:37 UTC.

    Bought one for use on duty. Picked up the Super Nova with ghost ring sights. Really nice gun. Always owned Remington 870s and I've shot a few Mossberg 500s but I like this a lot better. Upgrades are to include tritium sights for the ghost rings, factory extended mag tube, Mesa Tactical stock shell carrier (replaces the sling loop on the pistol grip stocks), and a tactical sling at some point. Makes a great tactical shotgun with it's light weight and corrossion resistant polymer frame. Can't wait to try it out with some 3.5 inch shells!

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    Anonymous, Mon, 11 Aug 2008 05:04:59 UTC.

    Excellent piece of machinary. Don't leave home without it!

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    Jkaz232, Mon, 11 Aug 2008 15:48:21 UTC.

    This shotgun is great. It can take up to 3 1/2 shells, is light, and accurate.

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    Posse44, Mon, 01 Sep 2008 17:27:31 UTC.

    Great gun.

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    Sgt_Pilot, Tue, 21 Oct 2008 22:17:08 UTC.

    Great Gun. Easy to use and light.

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    Anonymous, Tue, 18 Nov 2008 19:06:24 UTC.

    Awsome gun, Easy shot!

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    lawdog30, Wed, 03 Dec 2008 07:10:17 UTC.

    Excellent Gun smooth action hold a tight grouping. Price is very good and you can do different configurations with this gun and make it a even better tactical shotgun. The only down part I found to the gun is you have to be careful when shooting the 3.5Inch Slugs and Buckshot she will kick like a mule and leave some bruising it didn't matter how tight I held it to my should it still kicked the snot out of me. I will buy one and deck it out one of these days

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    rfields942, Tue, 09 Dec 2008 00:04:17 UTC.

    enjoy this shotgun, has 18" barrel and ghost sights for indoors. Also, use it for hunting in the brush.

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    wgoins04, Tue, 09 Dec 2008 15:29:32 UTC.

    I would sell a child before I sold my Nova. Well, not really but I would have to think about for a minute. I'd probably drop my girl for it though. Haha. I love this shotgun. I have a personal one with a 26" barrel, raised sight rail, tritium sights, full, modified, and no choke, in 12 guage. Takes the 3 1/2 inch monsters too.

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    Anonymous, Wed, 21 Jan 2009 15:12:24 UTC.

    Works like it's intended...never a problem....

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    ABEVILL, Tue, 24 Feb 2009 08:33:56 UTC.


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    jtreppish, Thu, 16 Apr 2009 20:44:37 UTC.

    i bought this shotgun for trap shooting, paid $300 and ended my season with a 85% average. extremely accurate right out of the box. in fact the action is so fast and smooth i have used it (against many recommendations not to) for speed trap and 5 stand. the only thing i recommend is to not purchase the shock system for it. it packs one hell of a punch (bruised my shoulder black and blue the first time shooting 50 rounds through it) but buy a gel pad for it instead. it will knock doWn the recoil about 70% and you'll save $80!

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    WulfinMoon, Wed, 29 Apr 2009 04:50:47 UTC.

    Easy to handle and will keep hitting its mark as long as you keep it on target. I just wish that it came with a longer cartridge tube without applying an extension. One of the top names in the product line and well worth it.

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    MVD, Thu, 17 Sep 2009 17:19:35 UTC.

    I have owned the SuperNova variant of the shotgun for almost a year.
    The SuperNova shotgun handles very well for being a polymer shotgun. It's lightweight is counteracted by it's recoil system built into the stock, and it does a great job.

    Very smooth action, very good accuracy, and overall very nicely built.

    However on most of them you need to do a slight modification to open the tube up more to hold more shells. (There is a plug that comes inside the gun)

    Recommended upgrades would of course be an extended tube for more shells.

    For the price, it's a great firearm!

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