Benelli's new civilian legal M4

Isaac Marchionna
by Isaac Marchionna

If that title boggled your mind and you asked yourself, “didn’t they already sell the M4 to civilians?!” You would be correct. However the previous M4 model was considered an imported shotgun, and was therefore subject to 922r compliance. This meant that the gun was imported with a 5 round magazine, and a non-collapsable stock. To stay compliant you could either keep the stock with a magazine extension, or use the collapsing stock with the standard magazine tube. Stocks were also limited to LE purchases only.

Benelli has introduced a new model parts. But since it is rebuilt in the US it is considered an American made shotgun. It now includes a full length tube and sliding stock as standard items, and utilizes the Robar NP3 finish (similar to the Remington Maritime Models) for rust resistance. The finish is a mid-tone gray, and less silver than the photos indicate. Price will be 2300.00 for the complete gun.

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  • David David on Feb 10, 2013

    The price may be cost prohibitive for most but the reliablity of the ARGO piston system is the magic of the semi-auto function. I have fierd everything from mag loads to light trap shot and haven't had a misfed yet. The recoil tube is also a very nice feature that the auto 5 doesn't share, and for a service weapon it is always nice to have the features that minimize fatigue. What makes it 922r compliant is that the weapon is now assembled in the US. Not a fan of the Saiga, the stamped receiver is rather "flexible" and doesnt feel very solid, however the box magazine is a nice feature of the Saiga, maybe is the Saiga were cast forged it would have a better feel. My service M4 and personal M4 worked beautifully right out of the box, which helps to ensure plesant dreams as it watches over me at night. The old adage is true, "you get what you pay for".

  • Ben Enjerry Ben Enjerry on Jan 05, 2014

    "Built here in the States" or assembled here? There's a big difference. If the barrel has an Italian proof mark, it's not "made" here.