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Ever since its was first launched in the year 2009, the Benelli Vinci 12-gauge semi-automatic shotgun represented a true revolution in the global hunting and shotguns market, and prompted a deep modernization in the manufacturing philosophy and in the products line of the world-famous Italian gunmaking company.
Sporting sleek, futuristic lines, state-of-the-art technology and technical solutions, a modular construction and a tried-and-true working system, the Benelli Vinci shotgun was awarded as the "Shotgun of the year" in 2010, while its first and foremost variant − the SuperVinci, with a 3.5"/89mm "Supermagnum" chambering − won the very same award in 2011.
Once again in 2014, Benelli enhances the Vinci shotguns line with two more entries, conceived specifically for sports shooting and hunting, although both can be used for either purpose. Dubbed respectively the Vinci SuperSport and the Vinci Cordoba, they are chambered for 12-gauge, 76mm/3" ("Magnum") shotshells, and offer a maximum capacity of three to four shotshells, which can be enhanced with a tube extension or reduced with a tube insert.
The Benelli Vinci SuperSport semi-automatic shotgun has been conceived to achieve the best performances not only on the hunting fields, but also during clay shooting target or even competition − particularly in these clay shooting disciplines that demand prompt reflexes from the shooter, and most of all the use of a gun that would ensure fast repeating and high accuracy, all the while maintaining a controllable recoil with any load.
Recoil reduction is achieved by the QuadraFit stock, which integrates the ComforTech Plus mitigation technology, and can be customized by the removal and replacement of three spacers that will allow drop and cast adjustment. The Benelli Vinci SuperSport stock also comes with interchangeable elastomer cheek risers and AirCell polyurethane buttpads; the barrel sports a compensated barrel, which further enhances the recoil and muzzle climb reduction and controllability capabilities of the Vinci shotgun platform.
The carbon-finish buttstock and frame of the Benelli Vinci SuperSport has been conceived to provide a good level of protection against scratches and aggressive environmental elements, while maintaining an undeniably appealing look and style.
The most peculiar feature of the Benelli Vinci SuperSport semi-automatic shotgun however lays in the new Speed-Bolt rapid repeating system: a variant of the classic Benelli inertia-griven bolt, the new Speed-Bolt sports a special high-density material insert that makes operation even faster and provides total flexibility, as it guarantees reliability even with low-power loads.
The Benelli Vinci SuperSport also comes fitted with an easy-to-replace, internal/external Knurled choke. The trigger group can be removed for regulation between 20N and 26N in weight, comes equipped with a push-button, reversible manual safety. The design also comes with a magazine cut-off button and two automatic safeties that prevent out-of-battery ignition and slamfires.
The second new variant has instead been conceived primarily for hunting purposes − particularly for bird hunting and waterfowl − although flexibility has been taken in special consideration by Benelli engineers to make this new Vinci model an all-round tool.
The Benelli Vinci Cordoba semi-automatic 12-gauge shotgun shares most technical features with the Vinci SuperSport model, including the lightning-fast Speed-Bolt system, the compensated barrel and the Knurled replaceable internal/external choke system.
A raised, ventilated barrel rib with high-visibility sights makes aiming easier, faster and above all, totally accurate. This makes the Benelli Vinci Cordoba − just like the Benelli Vinci SuperSport − perfectly apt for clay shooting, training or competition when hunting season is over. Once again, the QuadraFit stock with ComforTech Plus recoil mitigation system, replaceable cheek riser, buttpad and drop spacers makes it controllable with any load.
The Benelli Vinci SuperSport and Benelli Vinci Cordoba semi-automatic shotguns are already available for commercial sales; manufacturer's suggested retail prices vary from Country to Country.
Perspective international buyers should inquire for local availability and pricing with their local authorized Benelli distributors and retailers: the company maintains a comprehensive, easily accessible On-Line list of global distributors.
Once again, Benelli shows that the Vinci is an aesthetically, functionally, ergonomically and technologically cutting-edge platform, providing exceptional performance (albeit at a price) to hunters and sportsmen alike.
With the launch of the Benelli Vinci SuperSport and Benelli Vinci Cordoba shotguns, the Vinci line now counts fourteen variants, while the Benelli SuperVinci has three variants overall.
The design development for the Vinci shotgun is still ongoing, and we have good reasons to believe that the Vinci may soon establish itself as the baseline product upon which all Benelli shotguns will be based upon in the near future.