Benelli Supernova is one of the best shotguns for competition shooting. I will have separate post about advantages it gives to a competition shooter. This post is about Benelli Supernova upgrades and accessories.

I decided to get the longest 28″ barrel because my +7 extension is still longer than the barrel. Longer barrel enables you to hit the targets on longer distances.

Benelli Supernova doesn’t have much things to upgrade but there are some important upgrades I want to tell you about.

Let’s start with magazine extension because this is the must have upgrade for any competition shooter.

Nordic Components Magazine Extension for Benelli Supernova

Nordic Components Magazine Extension for Benelli Supernova
Nordic Components Magazine Extension for Benelli Supernova

Magazine extension enables you to have as many shotshells as you want. The minimum amount which you need to have is 9 shotshells in magazine tube. And remember to test your shotgun with slugs or buckshot because they are usually longer than birdshot rounds.

Why 9+1? Practical shooting rules allow you to have 9 rounds on the start in condition 2 (magazine loaded, chamber empty). And this would be stupid to have less shotshells than allowed. That means that you are making your life harder and will have to load additional rounds during the stage.

Another thing to consider is that you can load additional rounds immediately after the start signal. What does this means for you? Sometimes it is good idea to load 2 additional rounds immediately after the start signal, especially if you need to move to the first group of targets. If you have stage with 1st condition (shotgun loaded, 8 rounds in magazine, 1 in chamber) and have +7 magazine extension, you can laod 4 rounds after the signal if needed.

I chosen the longest +7 rounds magazine extension. Now I can have 12 rounds of birdshot in my magazine. Nordic Components magazine extension is the best you can find for Benelli Supernova. It is lighweight and reliable.

It will be difficult to operate shotgun with longer magazine tube at first. But the more you use it the better you feel it. I was hitting barricades at first but now I got used to the length of my shotgun and everything is ok.

I can remember 3 competitions when long (+7 rounds) magazine tube helped me to show better result. This is competitive advantage and you can use it.

Please note that I use birdshot with short hull, this enables me to load even more shotshells into a magazine.

Recommended Product:
Nordic Components Magazine Extension for Benelli Supernova
Nordic Components Magazine Extension for Benelli Supernova
Get Nordic Magazine Extension for Benelli Supernova here: http://tinyurl.com/c43zkfd

Upgrading Benelli Supernova with HiViz Comp Sight

Benelli Supernova with HiViz Comp Sight
Benelli Supernova with HiViz Comp Sight

I don’t like factory sight of Benelli Supernova shotgun. It is not light gathering and it is too big. This sight will cover whole target if you are shooting slugs on long distances. That is why I strongly recommend upgrading it.

The best aftermarket sight I could find is HiViz Comp Sight for vent ribs. What is good about it? It is extremely easy to install it on Benelli Supernova and many other shotguns. Different screws are included, so you just need to unscrew the factory sight and use correct screw to install the HiViz Comp Sight.

It has steel not plastic base as some other aftermarket sights. That means that it will withstand hard use and will not brake even if you hit something (tested by me several times).

You will receive eight interchangeable light pipes, three red, four green and one white in different diameters. This is fantastic set for competition shooting. I don’t know the purpose of white light pipe but all others are very useful. Usually I use the smallest green light pipe. You can change them from stage to stage but the small green pipe is strongly recommended for slug stages.

Also, included are rotary carrying case to store light pipes and spring release key.

Highly recommended product which is used by many competition shooters.

Benelli Supernova Front Sight Upgrade (HiViz Compsight Installation)

Recommended Product:
HiViz Comp Sight for Benelli Supernova
HiViz Comp Sight for Benelli Supernova
Get Nordic Magazine Extension for Benelli Supernova here: http://tinyurl.com/anbhlcf

Nordic Components Magazine Extension Support Clamp

Nordic Components Magazine Extension Support Clamp
Nordic Components Magazine Extension Support Clamp

Nordic Components magazine extension support clamp is a must have if you use such long magazine extension as me. The longer the extension the easier it to brake it. That is why I strongly recommend getting this magazine extension clamp.

Nordic Components Magazine Extension Support Clamp will protect your magazine extensions when you accidentally hit it with something.

Magazine clamp is inexpensive and very useful upgrade for your competition shotgun.

Recommended Product:
Nordic Components Magazine Extension Support Clamp
Nordic Components Magazine Extension Support Clamp
Get Nordic Components Magazine Extension Support Clamp here: http://tinyurl.com/bc3cmb6

Benelli Supernova Buttpad Upgrade

Benelli Supernova comes with standard rubber buttpad which is good but there is better option. You can get gel pads with different length of pull. Also they are softer and work with recoil better.

Benelli Supernova Gel Pad 13.5 LOP
Benelli Supernova Gel Pad 13.5 LOP

Benelli pads are expensive but they worth the price. There are versions designed specially for right hand and left hand shooters. I have chosen short 13.5 LOP pad because it is now easier to shoulder the shotgun.

One of the other upgrades I find extremely useful is Benelli gelp pad with 13.5 LOP. That makes shouldering faster and easier.

This gel pad is softer and designed specially for right hand shooters. There is version for left handed shooters available too.

This is very important upgrade because proper shouldering means a lot.

You can get gel pads of different sizes, there are longer pads available for shooters with longer hands.

Recommended Product:
Benelli Gel Pad with Short LOP (13.5)
Benelli Gel Pad with Short LOP (13.5)
Get Gel Pad with 13.5 LOP for Benelli Supernova here: http://tinyurl.com/a4gfkxc

Mesa Tactical Sidesaddle with Rail for Benelli Nova/Supernova

Mesa Tactical Sidesaddle with Rail for Benelli Nove/Supernova
Mesa Tactical Sidesaddle with Rail for Benelli Nove/Supernova

The Mesa Tactical Sureshell Shotshell Carrier is a shotgun sidesaddle that is designed to fit onto a 12-gauge Benelli Nova/Supernova. This sidesaddle can hold up to 6 additional shells which will be conveniently accessible on the side of your receiver. That way, you can keep one hand on your weapon and use the other hand to pull a shell out from the sidesaddle and then load it into your weapon. The sidesaddle itself is made out of 6061-T6 Aircraft Aluminum, which is a high-quality lightweight metal that is extremely durable. The best part is that you won’t need a gunsmith to mount this sidesaddle onto your shotgun. As long as you have a Benelli Nova/Supernova shotgun, the Mesa Tactical Sureshell can easily mount onto the side of the receiver by following just a few simple steps. Directions on how to do this are included with the sidesaddle, in case you are new to mounting sidesaddles onto weapons.

Recommended Product:
Mesa Tactical: Sureshell Aluminum Ammo Carrier
Mesa Tactical: Sureshell Aluminum Ammo Carrier
Mesa Tactical Sureshell Aluminum Ammo Carrier on Brownells

My Thoughts About Benelli Supernova upgrades

As you can see, all upgrades are functional and have a lot of features. They are not for looks but for helping you to win the match. I have carefully selected them and they really work.

I have several other upgrades which I test now and I will make updated post with results. You can save time and upgrade your Benelli Supernova using my advices.

Good luck in competition shooting! I hope we will meet each other on some of the practical shooting competitions one day!

If you use any other upgrades or have any thoughts or questions, please leave a comment.

12 comments

  1. Theodore

    Dear Vitaly,

    Thank you very very much. I have seen the light!. You have greatly assisted me and I can honestly say, saved me a lot of money and distress !!!!

    I will follow your advice exactly ….. I can see the advantages!.

    Please also give us some insight on chokes ??? also, are mercury recoil reducers (fitted in rear stock) permitted in std. manual?? They seem to work and also balance out the front weight of the mag extension & shells.

    Vitaly, thanks again for your advice & insight,

    BRgds,

    1. Dear Theodore,

      You are more than welcome!

      I have bought additional CYL choke which I use on stages without penalty targets and on slug/buckshot stages. With CYL choke and long barrel you have better chances of hitting targets on almost all distances used in practical shooting. CYL choke is also better when shooting most slugs and buckshot (but of course you need to test the ammunition you use).

      I use IMP CYL choke on stages where penalty targets is not very close to standard targets. I use Modified choke when penalty targets are close to the scoring targets, Full choke when penalty targets very close to the scoring targets and on longer distances.

      Benelli Supernova has Comortech recoil reduction systems which really works and effectively reduces recoil. I think it is not possible to install additional mercury recoil reducer. Benelli Nova owners can buy Mercury Recoil Reducer http://tinyurl.com/bnybbkw and Recoil Reducer Stock Mounting Bracket http://tinyurl.com/bz9rquk to have the recoil reduction system. Supernova owner benefit from Comortech.

      Good luck!
      Vitaly.

  2. Vetaly, thank you for detailed upgrade review. I am thinking about Super Nova instead of my Mossberg 590 for IPSC. And after your article picture is crystal clear.
    Hope to see and talk to you more on Ukrainian Shotgun Open 2013 in Kiev.

  3. Norbert

    Hi, It has been a long time since you wrote this review. But have you got any advices or upgrades? Do you need to open the receiver in order to make reload easier and faster for shotgun competition (IPSC)? Any informations are welcome. I am thinking of buying a supernova for shotgun manual division.
    Thank you in advance.
    Norbert

      1. Norbert

        Oh thank you it will help me a lot. I am buying a supernova as I told you, but don’t really know which mod to do on receiver. and really need more pics to help ;)
        If you don’t mind I am more questions, everybody told me that this shotgun is quite heavy, is it really as sensitive during course of fire? or in fact weight is not really an issue?
        Thanks you so much for such fast answer, I appreciate a lot and wait impatiently more pics and infos ^^

        1. If you check top 10 shooters of the World Shoot, most (if not all) of them use Benelli Supernova. The weight is not the problem.

          Benelli Supernova has many advantages, such as long loading port (good for load-2 and load-4), long forend, Comfortech system, and it will work without any problems for thousands of rounds. The disadvantage is that you will have to replace springs, firing pin, hammer etc. regularly. You will need to replace trigger group completely at some point, usually 15,000-20,000 of rounds.

          1. Jonathan Gifford

            Why do you say you need to replace the entire fire control group module at 15-20K? Does something go wrong that cannot be part-by-parted?

            How long/many rounds can the Supernova be expected to go before any parts replacement is needed at all?

          2. Trigger group is made of plastic and after 15-20k it will be worn out and you will have double feeds even with brand new latches.

            Newer Supernova shotguns have more problems but older shotguns were good for about 5000-10000 rounds. Then they require minor repairs and spring replacements.

  4. Is there an oversized safety mod you can do to the supernova?

  5. Jonathan Gifford

    What issues do newer ones have? Will dropping in a new trigger group assembly compete get another 10 to 20k trouble free out of the gun? If so, how many times can this be done before the rest of the gun is kaput and what dies then?

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