Turknelli Torture Test: Are Benelli M4 Clones Any Good?

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves tests the Turknelli, that is the Turkish-made Benelli M4 tactical shotgun clone. At around $400, these budget shotguns are almost exact replicas of the real Benelli M4, but at one-fifth of the price. They’ve become very popular and there are a number of importers bringing them into the country on the cheap. Do you get a bargain or do you get what you pay for? Check today’s video for details.

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TFB Review: Aksa S4 "Turkinelli" Clone

This review started when I said mean things about Turkish shotguns online. My comments were generally targeting the gas-operated bullpup magazine-fed guns, but I have had a generally negative view of most Turkish shotguns. That opinion is based on a parade of Turk shotguns that have come through the shop where I work. As a category, they have more issues than shotguns of other origins. But they also have price points that tend to be much lower. I was soon contacted by a VP at Four Peaks Imports who threw down the gauntlet. He offered to send out a shotgun from their lineup because he thought shooting one would change my mind. I respect his approach of choosing a public hater as a potential reviewer, and letting the product speak for itself. I selected the Aksa S4, and in short order, it showed up at my FFL.

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French Armed Forces Select The Benelli Supernova Shotgun

Beretta Defense recently announced that the whole Armed Forces of France have adopted the Benelli Supernova 12 guage shotgun in several configurations, making the Supernova the standard issue shotgun of the French military. Benelli will have a seven-year contract to produce the Supernova shotguns, with a contracted cost of €4,500,000. The convertible Benelli M3 (capable of both pump-action and semi-auto) shotgun is already in use in special French Army units, but the Benelli Supernova had to go through its own testing process, which was reportedly “severe,” but undisclosed at this time. Christophe Bannier, Director of military and law enforcement sales for Beretta Defense is quoted below.

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New HEVI-Bismuth Shotshells Announced by Federal Premium

Officially announced at the 2022 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits and set to be made available online and in stores soon is the new Federal Premium HEVI-Bismuth 20-gauge and 12-gauge shotgun loads. HEVI shot loads have started to become extremely popular with dedicated waterfowl hunters and this new HEVI-Bismuth load will give hunters a new industry-leading pellet composition to help fill their tags and at the same time, reduce lead exposure.

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Remington Adds New Gun Club Cure 12 Gauge Shotgun Loads

A lot of you probably already donate to various charities around the country. Giving back is a rewarding experience for both parties and if you can combine that giving with something else you love, that’s always an added bonus. Remington Ammunition has just announced the addition of two new 12-gauge shotgun loads dubbed their Gun Club Cure line that aims to give back to families in need across the country by donating a portion of the proceeds from this new line to various children’s hospitals and disease research centers.

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New CITADEL BOSS 25 Shotgun by Legacy Sports International

Those that live in California know just how difficult it is to get a lot of the same firearms that we have in most of the rest of the country. However, that hasn’t stopped firearms manufacturers from trying to help out those who live in states like California by providing them with firearms that are still useful but meet the more stringent feature requirements of the state. The new Citadel Boss  25 California compliant shotgun is a new option for California’s 3 gunners or for those with home defense in mind.

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[SHOT 2022] NEW Mesa Tactical RMR Co-Witness Sureshell Carrier

Mesa Tactical is known for their wide range of shotgun accessories. Their Sureshell carrier has become the de facto standard sidesaddle mount for most law enforcement shotguns. It features a picatinny top rail that has been used with tube-style red dots and EOtechs.

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[SHOT 2022] The Umarex Primal 20 – A 20-Gauge Slug Airgun

Today at SHOT 2022’s Industry Day at the Range, Umarex unveiled their brand new Primal 20. Airguns have been carving themselves a niche in the hunting market and Umarex is one of the big names in that area. Their newest offering is a 20-gauge slug firing airgun.

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POTD: Derya Arms – Drum Magazines

Photo Of The Day: The Derya MK-12 semi-automatic shotgun from Turkey has become increasingly popular in sports and target shooting. They now just released a new drum magazine which is worth sharing some pictures of. While forbidden in some competitions like IPSC Shotgun (max 10+1 rounds and no drum magazines), they can provide a lot of fun at the range anyways.

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Shotgun/Medical Class AAR, Lone Star Medics and Active Response Training

If you discuss home defense scenarios with fellow firearms owners, you will almost certainly get a wide variety of ideas and responses. People’s chosen defensive firearms, planning, and training will vary significantly based on their individual backgrounds and a host of other variables. In my particular circle, AR-15s and modern semi-automatic handguns tend to be the go-tos, far more than a trusty old shotgun. This is also the case for me; given my specific training and experience, I am most proficient, comfortable, and well-schooled with these types of guns. My most readily-accessible “bump in the night” firearm for a potential “Alamo” situation in my house is a suppressed, short-barrelled AR pistol with a high-quality weaponlight and optic. Where I live, it normally wouldn’t take long at all for an ambulance and law enforcement to come help me and my family in the event of a violent encounter like a home invasion. However, “normally” is the operative word – and we all know that the last couple of years have been anything but normal.

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TFB Review: Genesis Arms Gen-12 – The 12ga AR-10

An AR-pattern firearm that shoots shotshells is sort of a holy grail for some. Many try making it but there is always some drawback or compromise. ATI had their Omni chambered in .410ga. But the true goal is an AR platform that shoots 12ga. Genesis Arms has achieved that goal with their Gen-12. They lent us a 10.5″ firearm version for this review.

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POTD: Smith & Wesson's M&P12 Shotgun

The pump-action shotgun has ambidextrous controls, M&P grip and Picatinny rails.

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Smith & Wesson Announces Shotgun – The New M&P12

Smith & Wesson‘s M&P series has seen significant success and tremendous expansion over the years. Although it’s best known for striker-fired handguns, including some of the market’s best-selling everyday carry/concealed carry-intended pistols along with some duty models, they’ve dabbled in some long guns as well. If you’re an adherent of the S&W brand and like the AR platform, they offer M&P rifles in 5.56mm NATO/.223 Remington, .22 Long Rifle, 7.62×51/.308 Winchester, and 6.5 Creedmoor. Now the M&P family is expanding yet again, this time into new territory. Meet the new M&P12 shotgun.

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NEW Smith & Wesson Shotgun: The S&W M&P 12

Smith & Wesson is making a shotgun (again), but this time, it’s a futuristic dual-tube bullpup 12 gauge: The Smith & Wesson M&P 12 shotgun. Part of the “Military & Police” line, this tactical bullpup pump shotgun holds fifteen 2 3/4″ shells, thirteen 3″ shells, or TWENTY mini-shells. Operators switch from tube to tube by using a cross-bolt tube selector switch. The M&P 12 uses AR-15 grips and has plenty of M-LOK and Picatinny rail for optics mounting. It’s a well-thought-out design, but with an MSRP of $1,165, how does it compare to competition such as the similar Kel-Tec KSG bullpup shotgun that has a $900 MSRP? Watch today’s video to find out.

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HEVI-Shot's New HEVI-XII Tungsten Waterfowl Loads

One of the most popular waterfowl hunting loads is back with a vengeance as HEVI-Shot has just reintroduced their tungsten waterfowl loads with their new HEVI-XII. The HEVI-XII delivers more power down range, more pellets on target, and is completely non-toxic. The new loading will come in several different configurations and will also be available for both 12 and 20 gauges.

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