Benelli Supernova Upgrades and Accessories
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
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.
|Get Nordic Magazine Extension for Benelli Supernova here: http://tinyurl.com/c43zkfd|
Upgrading 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)
|Get Nordic Magazine Extension for Benelli Supernova here: http://tinyurl.com/anbhlcf|
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.
|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 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.
|Get Gel Pad with 13.5 LOP for Benelli Supernova here: http://tinyurl.com/a4gfkxc|
Mesa Tactical Sidesaddle with Rail for Benelli Nova/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.
|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.