I always enjoy comparative testing of semi-automatics as I use them so much. The test gun was quite light, under 6½lb with its 30" barrel. It felt lively, perhaps a litte too lively. It shot well, though.
I had no malfunctions with 28g loads (the recommended minimum). The trigger pull was quite heavy, I would say about 5lb, and recoil was noticeable. Inertia guns tend to kick more than gas operated ones as discussed, all the more when they are light.
The quality of the Power Bore’s kills was also noticeable – with a Half choke tube in, the patterns looked as if they were Full choke. Almost every target inside 30 yards was smoked.
Intriguingly, Benelli have gone the other way to Beretta and Browning, they prefer tight bores now as used to be the norm on Continental guns. My own experience is that open bores may be more pleasant to shoot, but tight ones maximise penetration (as you may test for yourself using old telephone directories).
Overall, this is an outstanding, well-engineered semi-auto. It is a bit pricey at £2,175, but the Power Bore modifications seem more than just marketing hype – you really could see a difference in the way this gun shot.
I’d also consider the basic no bells and whistles M1 around £1,000 if you’re looking for an inertia-action workhorse (it stands out as a particular bargain at the moment). Meantime, the Raffaello ticks the boxes and looks smart.