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Benelli M4

Combat shotgun

Benelli M4

The Benelli M4 tactical shotgun is effective at close range

 
 
Benelli M4 Super 90
Caliber 12-gauge
Weight (unloaded) 3.15 kg
Length (stock extended) 1 012 mm
Length (with folded stock) 887 mm
Barrel length 469 mm
Muzzle velocity ?
Magazine capacity 7 x 2.75-in shells, or 6 x 3-in shells
Sighting range ?
Range of effective fire (solid shot) 130 m
Range of effective fire (buckshot) 40 ~ 50 m

 

   The Benelli M4 is a 12-gauge semi-automatic shotgun developed by Benelli Armi SpA of Italy.  This weapon was designed in 1998. Production began in 1999. The shotgun is highly successful and popular across the world due to its durability, reliability and effectiveness. Its users include special forces, internal troops, law enforcement forces and special police units of various countries.

   The Benelli M4 is in service with Australia, Bahrain, Brazilian Army, Croatian Special Police, Georgian Special Operation Forces, Greece E.K.A.M., Ireland’s Special Forces, Israel, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Moldova, Philippines, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, United Kingdom, and the United States Armed Forces. This weapon has been used during recent military conflicts, such as wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and during the Syrian Civil War.

   The Benelli M4 is gas operated shotgun. It has a new Benelli patented operating method called Auto Regulating Gas Operating (ARGO) system. This shotgun has two stainless steel self-cleaning pistons and two lugs to lock the rotating bolt. This weapon can fire 3” or 2.75"" shells. The Benelli M4 has a tubular magazine which holds seven 2.75” or six 3” shells.

   The body is made of stainless steel and hard anodized aluminum and features a phosphate corrosion resistance finish.

   The baseline commercially available Benelli M4 shotgun has a 14" (36 cm) barrel. There is also a version with an 18.5" (47 cm) barrel.

   This weapon has an effective range of 40 to 50 meters with buckshot and 130 m with solid shot. It is most useful in close quarter battle, such as clearing buildings and so on.

   The baseline Benelli M4 has a straight hand grip. This shotgun is also available with a pistol grip.

   A baseline shotgun has a fixes solid stock. This weapon is also available with a collapsible buttstock which can shorten the length by 5 inches (13 cm). Stocks are interchangeable without tools.

   This shotgun has a Picatinny-type accessory rail. It can be used with a wide range of sights, laser designators, flashlights and so on.

 

Variants

 

   Benelli M4 Super 90 is a version with a longer 18.5" barrel, pistol grip and telescopic stock. It was specially designed to meet the US Military requirements. Eventually it was adopted by the United States. This combat shotgun is also widely used around the world;

   M1014 Joint Services Combat Shotgun (JSCS) is the US Department of Defense designation of the Benelli M4 Super 90. In 1998 the US military issued a requirement for a new 12-gauge semi-automatic combat shotgun. In response to this requirement the Benelli designed and built the Benelli M4 Super 90. This weapon competed against other designs and was selected as a winner. In 1999 a contract was awarded to American subsidiary of the Heckler & Koch to import Benelli M4 Super 90 shotguns for the US Armed Forces. First shotguns were delivered to the US Marine Corps in 1999.

   L128A1 is a British Armed Forces designation of the Benelli M4 Super 90. British shotguns are often used with holographic sights.

 

Rahul Singh Dhari

   Article by RAHUL SINGH DHARI

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