[SHOT 2021] Franchi Expands Instinct Line with New LX & SLX Models

    Instinct LX & SLX 28-Ga (Franchi)

    At this year’s virtual SHOT Show, Franchi took the opportunity to unveil a pair of new 28 gauge over – under shotguns. Expanding their Instinct range they have added a new 28 gauge option to their Instinct LX and SLX lines.


    Instinct LX 28-Ga (Franchi)

    Here’s what Franchi have to say about the 28-Gauge LX:

    ACCOKEEK, Md. (January 19, 2021) – Franchi has long delivered best-in-class ergonomics
    and upgraded features in a beautifully styled over-and-under shotgun with the introduction of the Franchi Instinct LX. Combining Italian craftsmanship and American styling, the Instinct LX is now available in the nimble and recoil-friendly 28-gauge for a smooth-swinging gun for hunters and sport shooters.

    The function of this shotgun is only outshined by its looks. An all-steel, case color hardened receiver displays engraved hunting scenes with inlayed gold birds, matching the gold-plated trigger. The overall aesthetic is enhanced with a AA-grade satin walnut Prince of Wales stock complimented by the Schnabel style forend and rounded pommel with cut checkering.

    Glossed-blue barrels with extended choke tubes deliver optimal patterning while the vented rib with a red fiber-optic front sight keeps shooters on target. A safety-mounted selector switch allows shooters to choose which barrel fires first. All-steel auto ejectors throw spent shells well clear. The shotgun comes with extended choke tubes: improved cylinder, full and modified chokes, as well as a choke wrench for easy exchanges.

    The Instinct LX is an heirloom quality hunting shotgun that performs as well as it looks. The shotgun comes in its own protective custom-fitted case for safe transportation and is backed by a seven-year warranty.

    Franchi Instinct LX SPECs:

    Chokes: Extended F, Extended IC, Extended M
    Type of Sights: Fiber optic red-bar front sight
    Length of Pull: 14-1/4″
    Drop at Heel: 2″
    Drop at Comb: 1-1/2″
    Finish: Color case hardened receiver.
    Barrel Length: 28 inches
    Overall Length: 46-1/4 inches
    Weight: 6 lbs
    Stock: AA-grade Prince of Wales

    Engraved game scenes with gold bird inlays.

    The 28ga Instinct LX has an MSRP of $1,799.

    Instinct SLX 28-Ga (Franchi)

    Here’s what Franchi have to say about the 28-Gauge SLX:

    ACCOKEEK, Md. (January 19, 2021) – The Franchi Instinct SLX sits atop the popular Instinct SL line as the deluxe version for shooters who enjoy beautiful styling as much as performance and superior ergonomics. The heirloom-quality shotgun is now available in 28-gauge and follows the Franchi tradition of producing fast, reliable and smooth-swinging guns for hunters and sporting shooters.

    These striking over/under shotguns boast features usually seen on expensive, high-end
    shotguns such as a cut-out locking lever, artistically engraved receiver with gold inlays, gold trigger and handsomely checkered AA-grade walnut Prince of Wales stock and Schnabel forend. The glossed-blue barrels are tipped with a red fiber-optic sight and extended choketubes to complete the overall aesthetic.

    Now available in a 28-gauge offering, the shotgun performs as well as it looks. The intuitive design provides a comfortable, instinctive feel to quickly get on target. A safety-mounted selector switch allows shooters to choose which barrel fires first. All-steel auto ejectors throw spent shells well clear. The Instinct SLX delivers not only an exceptional shooting experience, but traditionally elegant looks so handsome, you can’t help but want to show them off.

    The shotgun comes in its own protective custom-fitted case for safe transportation and is backed by a 7-year warranty.

    Franchi Instinct SLX SPECs:

    Chokes: Extended F, Extended IC, Extended IM, Extended M
    Type of Sights: Red fiber optic front bead
    Stock: AA-grade Prince of Wales
    Length of Pull: 14-1/4″
    Drop at Heel: 2″
    Drop at Comb: 1-1/2″
    Barrel Length: 28 inches.
    Overall Length: 46-1/4 inches.
    Weight: 5.2 lbs

    Engraved aluminum alloy receiver & gloss-blue barrels.

    The 28ga Instinct SLX has an MSRP of $2,099

    You can learn more about the Instinct SLX and LX at www.franchiusa.com.

    Matthew Moss


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