Benelli’s new Vinci Speed-Bolt shotgun

Sig 522 415

New for 2013 is the Benelli Vinci Speed-Bolt. This updated Vinci features a lighter bolt that’s designed to cycle faster and allow for faster follow up shots. The Speed-bolt claims to reduce recoil and muzzle climb which will allow the shooter to get back on target quicker.

Sig 522 415

Click on the picture for a larger view of the bolt.

The bolt is inset with tungsten and can handle loads as light as one ounce. The official press release frames the new Speed-Bolt shotgun as a competition shotgun, but with its 3+1 capacity it can’t compete without an extension tube. The author owns a Vinci shotgun, and after putting a few rounds through the new Vinci Speed-Bolt, I can attest that both are excellent shotguns. My sense is that the Vinci Speed-Bolt may be a great shotgun for the competition shooter and hunter who wants one shotgun for both purposes.

www.BenelliUSA.com.

Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion. A self-taught amateur turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career. He is a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops who shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. www.TopShotChris.com.

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Chris Cheng

Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion and an NRA News Commentator. A self-taught amateur (and former Googler) turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career.

He is a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops who shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. www.TopShotChris.com.


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  • Practical over Tactical

    Finally, something technologically innovative that’s also California-friendly.

  • Anonymoose

    So how does it compare to the Super Vinci? Will there be a Super Vinci Speed-Bolt?
    And for that matter how do the original Benelli Vinci-series compare to all these recent clones of it (Remington Versa-Max/R12 and iirc there was at least one from Turkey)?

    • crkt308

      the versa max is not a inertia driven gun. it is gas operated and more closely resembles the m4 benelli’s gas sytem. thus far the vinci appears to be the only “inline” inertia driven gun on the market. others use the original inertia system

  • Clodboy

    Winchester did this experiment where they had a professional shooter empty a 12 round tube by pulling the trigger as fast as he could – the result was a theoretical RoF of, I kid you not, 500 rpm. By comparison, the full-auto AA12 was intentionally downregulated to 300 rpm to keep it controllable. So is the inertia-driven action really that much slower than Winchester’s gas system that you need a superlight bolt to make it cycle fast enough for rapid follow-up shots, or does this sound more like a gimmick?

  • Timppa

    Are you sure the bolt is lighter?

    If the bolt has a tungsten insert, I presume the bolt is the same or very similar as in Vinci SuperSport, and the bolt in Vinci SuperSport is heavier than in the normal Vinci. This makes Vinci SuperSport tick even with 24g (7/8 oz) rounds.

    • Samuel Same

      Exactly! Tungsten is one of the densest meltals around, heavier even than lead, and a very near match for gold. Putting a tungsten insert in a bolt must make it heavier not lighter.
      Up to a certain point, heaver bolts usually improve performance of recoil operated guns. That’s why Beretta came out with the Brigadeer slides for its 92 series – the slide in 2.7 oz heavier. And that’s why very small 9mm pistols are so ammo sensitive, even if the action is fully locked – the slide is too light for the ammo. And that’s why Hi-Point gets away with 9mm, 40 cal and 45 ACP pistols with unlocked actions – they have massive slides. That’s why 9mm submachine guns can be unlocked – their bolts can be much heavier than is generally acceptable in pistols. Somone figured out you could fire a .308 out of an unocked action if you had a 25 lb bolt.
      It’s all about Newtons 1st law (inertia).

  • strongarm

    Inertia Driven System is based upon the mass of complete gun to bolt carrier, and the
    smaller mass of the complete shotgun means faster the bolt response time. Therefore, this
    model should have a lighter weight for complete firearm and not a lighter weight of bolt
    for a faster reload time. Tungsten gives more weight to the bolt and as compared to the
    more lighter weight of complete shotgun ,it increases the speed of bolt reciprocational
    movement. Minimum bolt weight is critical and can be increased with motional energy which
    needs more intriqued mechanisms than present.