Gun Report

Benelli Nova 12 Gauge 3.5-inch

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This shotgun performed very well and was cleverly designed, we thought. It's well worth its price. The black version of the gun sells for $357.

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Action Type
Chamber Length
Choke Tubes
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Receiver Material
Rib Width
Stock Material
Length of Pull
Drop at Comb
Drop at Heel
Trigger Pull Weight Bottom
Trigger Pull Weight Top

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The Nova (shown here in the black synthetic finish) breaks into just four major components, which makes maintenance and cleaning a snap. Two easily removed pins permit removing the trigger group for cleaning. The forend nut is the tool to remove the pins. The "checkering" worked very well. The recoil reducer didn't seem to help much with hot loads, but it helped cut the kick of lighter loads.

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