Benelli M2 is a shotgun which is very popular in dynamic shooting sports like Practical shooting (IPSC) or 3-Gun. There were several posts about this shotgun in my blog:

Benelli M2 Shotgun Modifications and Upgrades
Benelli M2 Shotgun Upgrades, Accessories and Modifications for 3-Gun and Practical Shooting

There is new upgrade called Benelli M2 Auto-Loading Lifter by J Kenny & Co.

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Thanks to my friend Igor Lytvynenko for this article.

There are a lot of interesting articles in this blog, but there is not much information about the famous Benelli M2 shotgun. I want to fix this and share my experiences of using this beauty throughout several shooting seasons. I have used the Benelli M2 during 25 matches in Ukraine and abroad, so I have the knowledge to tell you about it.

But first, let me put a little disclaimer out there. This article is not for newbies and I won’t start describing how to prepare the Benelli M2 for practical shooting right out of the box. I am not going to describe upgrades, bells and whistles. Instead, I will describe the important elements of fine tuning, the problems I’ve found and the ways to fix them. Some of the issues are very typical and obvious but I will describe them anyway. Some of the issues are very interesting as well.

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My friend from Poland told me that they bought several Benelli Supernova shotguns for their shooting club. Two new Benelli Supernova shotguns had the same problem after just few weeks of use – broken Bolt Latch.

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Readers of the blog know that I like to often participate in dynamic/practical shotgun shooting competitions (they have different names such as the International Practical Shooting Confederation, United States Practical Shooting Association, 3-Gun Nation, International Defense Pistol Association, etc).

Such competitions are the best way to check your skills under stress. You need to move fast from one shooting position to another, load your shotgun quickly and shoot from various positions at different targets at a variety of distances with all types of common shotgun ammunition: birdshot, buckshot, and slugs.

The most popular dynamic shooting sport in the USA is 3-Gun Nation. That is why I often receive questions about semi-auto shotguns because they are mostly used in 3-Gun.

What is 3-Gun competition?

There are many types of shooting competitions out there for gun enthusiasts to take part in. But one particular competition that is getting a lot of attention is the 3-gun competition. This is where competitors have to use 3 different types of firearms such as a rifle, shotgun, and pistol. The average shooter is usually pretty good with one particular firearm but not so good with the others. This makes 3-gun a real challenge because it tests their skills with all three firearms and it requires different skill sets in order to win the competition.

Why Benelli M2?

Most of the shooters in this sport use Benelli M2 or Beretta 1301 Competition shotguns. Beretta 1301 comes with an oversized safety, bolt handle and bolt release button from the factory. The Benelli M2 shotgun can be enhanced with aftermarket parts.

My friends who use semi-auto shotguns are fans of the Benelli M2. That is why this post will be about the Benelli M2 shotgun upgrades, accessories, and modifications for 3-Gun and practical shooting.

Special thanks to my friends: Igor, Oleg, Maxim, Oleg and Patrick for help :)

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One of the common problems of Benelli Supernova or Nova shotguns is double feed. When you have two rounds coming out of magazine tube simulatneously and blocking the action.

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The Benelli Supernova is a type of pump action shotgun that is most commonly used for self defense, hunting and competitive shooting. But perhaps its best known qualities are its reliability, durability and large trigger guard. It is also a light weight shotgun because of its composite steel construction. If you don’t have an internal reducer then the recoil on this shotgun will be pretty tough to put up with. The internal recoil reducer will help the shooter become more accurate with their shots by reducing the recoil. This will help the shooter get a faster second shot as well.

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Bought, installed and tested HFD2 Compression Follower. I really liked gold color but it is similar to color of shell, so bright colors are better for safety reasons.

This follower fits Benelli Nova, Nova Tactical & Super Nova in 12 Gauge. It is good alternative to Nordic Components followers. HFD2 Compression Follower has tail which prevents spring from binding and kinking.

Machined from 6061 T6 Aluminum which is lightweight and corrosion resistant.

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My friend bought a new Benelli Supernova and asked me to help with basic tuning modification for practical shooting.

So, we started polishing action bars, it makes work of a shotgun smoother:

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This happened to one of the shooters on shotgun competition. Firing pin on his Benelli Supernova stuck in forward position and slamfire discharge occured when he pushed forend forward loading shell into a chamber.

The problem was in firing pin. It is little deformed (probably from dry-fire trainings). That caused it to stuck in forward position. It looks like the metal is too soft and easy to deform:

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