Benelli SuperNova No. 20115 MAX-4 HD Camo 12 Gauge Pump
NORWALK, CT--Gun Tests Magazine has named the Benelli SuperNova MAX-4 HD Camo12 Gauge as the publications Best in Class Shotgun for 2009.
The pumpgun joins a Taurus wheelgun, a 9mm pistol from S&W, and a Browning 7mm Mag. bolt action as the magazines Best in Class 2009 honorees.
More specifically, the Best in Class shotgun for 2009 was the Benelli SuperNova No. 20115 MAX-4 HD Camo 3.5-inch 12 Gauge Pump, $599. It was originally reviewed in the September 2009 issue of Gun Tests.
All the 'Best' guns are A or A+ choices, said Gun Tests Publisher Timothy H. Cole, referring to the magazines Report Card scoring system, which ranks guns from A+ down to a failing grade of F. Cole said only about 20% of all guns tested by the magazine get a buy it grade of A or B.
Gun Tests Editor Todd Woodard said, Our testers praised the SuperNova, saying it shot flawlessly and swung smoothly and steadily. Our only initial peeve was the trigger, promptly attended to by Benelli at no charge. The team said the Benelli is an outstanding slide-action waterfowl gun.
Other excerpts from the story included:
The SuperNovas stock was shim-adjustable for cast and drop. Having the stock easily adjustable for drop and cast with the included shims is an excellent additionand something included on no other slide-action shotgun made today that we are aware of. Where the original Nova pioneered an over-molded, one-piece receiver and buttstock, the SuperNova, with its shim-adjustable ComforTech stock, is far better.
Elsewhere, the Benellis action was buttery smooth.
Also, we found the Benelli to be nicely balanced, and smooth swinging.
The overall build quality of the Supernova is extremely well done. The camo finish was without flaws, attractive and well-applied. The smooth way the barrel extension locks into the receiver screams quality and expert machining. The molded-in ridges on the stock felt good in the hands, offering a comfortable and functional gripping surface.
The more time we spent with the SuperNova, the more we liked it.
Cole said, Gun Tests doesnt accept advertising, so consumers can have confidence that our Best in Class picks are the results of head-to-head evaluations by our teams--and not influenced by anything else.
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The Benelli shot flawlessly, comfortably, swung smoothly and steadily. Our only initial peeve was the trigger, promptly attended to by Benelli at no charge. It is an outstanding 3.5-inch slide-action waterfowl gun.