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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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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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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This safety is used for “Three Gun Competition” and for tactical shotguns. Getting your weapon from safe to ready fire mode is critical and split seconds do count in many situations.

The safety engages and disengages with a positive click, so not only is there a more pronounced feel to the oversized safety you can also hear the safety engaging/disengaging.

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We use Benelli Supernova shotguns in our club. That is very good shotgun for competitions. It is reliable and enables you to load it fast.

We have found out that hammer spring and hammer spring cap should be replaced after 5000-10000 of rounds due to light primer strikes. This problem was found on two shotguns.

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