December 7, 2009

Benelli to Roll Out "Lightest" Shotgun, New Combat Carbine

ACCOKEEK, Md.--Benelli has begun advance-promoting some of its 2010 introductions, two of which are the self-proclaimed "lightest shotgun" and the MR 1 combat carbine in 5.56mm NATO (.223 Rem.)

Benelli says its newest shotgun—name TBA—is the lightest auto-loading shotgun in the world. The new shotgun will be unveiled on January 19, 2010, at the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas and simultaneously on the Benelli USA website.

“At just under 5 pounds, this is lightest shotgun on the market, chambered in a gauge that many skilled hunters and sportsmen will find not only a delight to handle, but wonderful to shoot.” said Stephen McKelvain, Benelli USA's VP of Marketing & Communications.

The MR 1's steel parts are black phosphated and aluminum parts are hard-anodized in a matte finish. The carbine comes standard with a five-round magazine, and can also accept standard M16 magazines. An optional Picatinny tri-rail forend kit is available for mounting a laser aiming device, front handle, illuminator and other accessories.

Benelli’s new MR 1 carbine is operated by the ARGO (Auto-Regulating-Gas-Operated) system. The ARGO system was developed by Benelli for the M1014 rifle and has used for more than a decade by the United States Marine Corps.

The sights are a military-style aperture, adjustable for windage and elevation in the field using a cartridge rim. A Picatinny rail allows mounting of both conventional and night-vision sights, while retaining metallic-sight capability.

The MR 1 features a stainless steel, self-cleaning piston that operates directly against a rotating bolt, thereby eliminating linkages found in other gas systems. The gas port is located just forward of the chamber where the gases are hotter and cleaner, resulting in less fouling and more reliable cycling, Benelli says.

“The MR 1 is another great development, and certainly a major milestone for Benelli,” said McKelvain.

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Comments (1)

What gauge?

Posted by: Walrus | December 10, 2009 2:32 PM    Report this comment

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