M2 SP:

the shot­gun for IPSC and 3-GUN shoo­t­ers

SA Jagter Hunter - - INHOUD -

The Be­nel­li M2 ne­ver stops and ex­cels at dif­fe­rent jobs: a hun­ting shot­gun; a tacti­cal se­miau­to for po­li­ce and mi­li­ta­ry use; as well as a com­pe­ti­ti­ve shot­gun for the In­ter­na­ti­o­nal Practi­cal Shoot­ing Con­fe­de­ra­ti­on (IPSC) and 3-gun com­pe­ti­ti­ons.

A be­st­sel­ler for any ap­pli­ca­ti­on you can wish for, the M2 has been qui­te po­pu­lar in acti­ons­hoot­ing com­pe­ti­ti­ons, alt­hough until now it was on­ly a­vai­la­ble in a practi­cal va­ri­ant, de­ve­lo­ped for the o­pen and mo­di­fied di­vi­si­ons w­he­re it was just as success­ful. To­day with the pre­va­len­ce of pris­ma­tic ma­ga­zi­ne ra­ce guns u­sed in o­pen e­vents it can be con­si­de­red com­pe­ti­ti­ve at the hig­hest le­vels and main­ly for the mo­di­fied di­vi­si­on.

The un­pa­ral­le­led qua­li­ty of Be­nel­li shot­guns was con­fir­med a the last IPSC Shot­gun Wor­ld C­ham­pi­ons­hip with eig­ht po­di­ums out of 12 for sin­gle com­pe­ti­tors and eig­ht gold me­dals out of 10 in the te­am com­pe­ti­ti­on. Out of the 730 shoo­t­ers at t­his com­pe­ti­ti­on, 640 cho­se Be­nel­li. Be­nel­li’s po­li­cy is to of­fer mo­dels that meet all their cu­s­to­mers’ needs, so they de­ci­ded to pro­du­ce a spe­ci­fic mo­del ba­sed on the M2 and in­ten­ded for the S­tan­dard Di­vi­si­on and 3-gun com­pe­ti­ti­ons. The mo­del is ful­ly de­ve­lo­ped and ma­nu­fac­tu­red by Be­nel­li and not cu­s­to­mi­sed by the end u­ser and/ or thi­rd par­ties. Sin­ce the Be­nel­li M2 is the most-u­sed shot­gun in com­pe­ti­ti­ons Be­nel­li lis­te­ned to the u­sers’ feed­back and ap­p­lied the sug­ges­ti­ons to the new mo­del that ma­ny re­gard as the most re­li­a­ble in its class.

The new mo­del, cal­led the M2 SP (S­peed Per­for­man­ce), al­so furt­her un­der­li­nes the qua­li­ty of the M2’s spor­ti­ve use. At first glan­ce the M2 SP dif­fers from the M2 Com­for­tech in that it has a lon­ger, 65cm bar­rel, a wi­de tu­bu­lar bolt­hand­le, a lar­ger bolt re­le­a­se but­ton (red), new, long fi­b­re op­ti­cs sig­ht and a de­di­ca­ted cho­ke. But t­he­re are al­so ot­her im­por­tant dif­fe­ren­ces, such as the e­jecti­on port which have roun­ded cor­ners and a lar­ger and roun­ded lo­a­ding port.

Li­ke all Be­nel­li bar­rels, the M2 SP’s is fit­ted with an ad­jus­ta­ble e­jec­tor (it a­dapts or au­to­ma­ti­cal­ly ad­justs to the dif­fe­rent lengt­hs of the car­trid­ge ca­ses for im­pro­ved re­li­a­bi­li­ty) in the re­ar ex­ten­si­on (breech), which in turn was de­ve­lo­ped to lock the po­si­ti­on of the bar­rel re­la­ti­ve to the re­cei­ver both du­ring shoot­ing and w­hen disas­sem­bling and re­as­sem­bling the shot­gun.

The shot­gun dy­n­a­mic shoot­ing e­vents of­ten in­vol­ve the need to quick­ly re­lo­ad a we­a­pon, so shoo­t­ers have de­ve­lo­ped se­ver­al techni­ques to do it wit­hout s­peed lo­a­ders, the use of which is not al­ways per­mit­ted in the s­tan­dard di­vi­si­on. W­ha­te­ver the techni­que a­dop­ted for s­peed lo­a­ding, it needs to be as e­a­sy and fast as pos­si­ble, an acti­vi­ty that in­vol­ves mo­vement from the back of the lo­a­ding car­rier to the tu­be en­tran­ce wit­hout any ob­sta­cles. It is al­so im­por­tant for the lo­a­ding port to be wi­de and wit­hout sharp cor­ners, and to p­re­vent the thumb from suf­fe­ring any dis­com­fort w­hen pus­hing the car­trid­ge(s) past the stop notch that pre­vents it from pop­ping out of the ma­ga­zi­ne. With the M2 SP Be­nel­li have ta­ken steps to sig­ni­fi­cant­ly fa­ci­li­ta­te s­peed lo­a­ding, en­lar­ge the lo­a­ding port and sof­te­ning its ed­ges to ma­ke it e­a­sier to lo­ad the car­trid­ges.

Be­nel­li’s Com­for­tech stock sy­stem u­sed on t­his we­a­pon sig­ni­fi­cant­ly im­pro­ves the shot­gun’s hand­ling and sig­ni­fi­cant­ly re­du­ces re­coil, both with high-and lo­w­e­ner­gy car­trid­ges. To a­chie­ve t­his Be­nel­li re­de­sig­ned the comb and the butt pla­te of the stock. On the M2 SP the comb is ma­de of e­la­sto­mer and the butt pla­te from a spe­ci­al gel with high shock ab­sorp­ti­on qua­li­ties. The lat­ter was de­ve­lo­ped ex­clu­si­ve­ly for Be­nel­li. The comb is a­vai­la­ble in three dif­fe­rent heig­hts and is i­den­ti­cal for rig­ht-han­ded and left­han­ded shoo­t­ers and the gel butt pla­te va­ries de­pen­ding on the shoo­t­er’s do­mi­nant si­de.

The butt pla­te and comb per­form the sa­me functi­on as the stock, de­for­ming un­der shock and dis­per­sing vi­bra­ti­ons. The fi­nal re­sult is a shot­gun that not on­ly is soft on the shoul­der e­ven with the most po­wer­ful lo­ads, but is al­so par­ti­cu­lar­ly ple­a­sant and con­trol­la­ble with any am­mu­ni­ti­on u­sed, sig­ni­fi­cant­ly im­pro­ving the com­fort pa­ra­me­ter.

Li­ke all M2s, the M2 SP u­ses Be­nel­li’s clas­sic sta­ble in­er­ti­adri­ven trig­ger re­le­a­se u­nit with ro­ta­ting bolt, e­quip­ped with two strong locking lugs that enga­ge in­to an ex­ten­si­on of the bar­rel. The de­sign of t­his bolt as­sem­bly im­pro­ves the ro­bus­t­ness of the w­ho­le gun and its du­ra­bi­li­ty, not on­ly be­cau­se the two lar­ge lugs of the ro­ta­ting bolt en­s­u­re gre­a­ter sur­fa­ce con­trast, but al­so be­cau­se the re­sis­tan­ce to o­pe­ning is a­lig­ned with the for­ce that tends to push the bolt back. With the M2 SP, Be­nel­li u­sed their ex­pe­rien­ce of shot­gun ma­nu­fac­tu­ring that stret­ches for half a cen­tu­ry to build a highly practi­cal, e­a­sy to use and accu­ra­te shot­gun that all shoot­ing ent­hu­si­as­ts will lo­ve.

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