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Hello all-

I am looking to purchase my 1st shotgun.

I'm looking for something mostly for self defense and occasional target shootings at the Range.

I've narrowed my search to a Remington 870 tactical express and a benelli supernova

I am not an expert in shotguns at all and would really appreciate any input / advise.

I've shot a benelli supernova once and was very impressed by the handling /recoil. I've never shot a 870, hence I really don't know how it feels.

In my area, the price difference between 2 shotguns are $100. I don't mind the difference so long as I know I'm getting a better product.

Any thought / ideas is highly appreciated.

Thanks.

Ara
 

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Ara said:
Hello all-

I am looking to purchase my 1st shotgun.

I'm looking for something mostly for self defense and occasional target shootings at the Range.

I've narrowed my search to a Remington 870 tactical express and a benelli supernova

I am not an expert in shotguns at all and would really appreciate any input / advise.

I've shot a benelli supernova once and was very impressed by the handling /recoil. I've never shot a 870, hence I really don't know how it feels.

In my area, the price difference between 2 shotguns are $100. I don't mind the difference so long as I know I'm getting a better product.

Any thought / ideas is highly appreciated.

Thanks.

Ara
I would get the Benelli. The 870 is not the gun it used to be.
 

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Ara said:
Hello all-

I am looking to purchase my 1st shotgun.

I'm looking for something mostly for self defense and occasional target shootings at the Range.

I've narrowed my search to a Remington 870 tactical express and a benelli supernova

I am not an expert in shotguns at all and would really appreciate any input / advise.

I've shot a benelli supernova once and was very impressed by the handling /recoil. I've never shot a 870, hence I really don't know how it feels.

In my area, the price difference between 2 shotguns are $100. I don't mind the difference so long as I know I'm getting a better product.

Any thought / ideas is highly appreciated.

Thanks.

Ara
Benelli! I love mine!
 

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Check out the Mossberg 590A1. Advantages: 8 round mag tube, metal trigger guard and components, bayonet lug, dual action bars, ghost ring sights, parkerized finish, tang safety(ambi and much easier to use), slide release behind trigger guard(as opposed to in front of the guard, you don't have to adjust your grip to release the slide). Also, it passed the Army's extensive tests to be able to be entered into service. I got mine a few years ago for around $500. Great for SD and it makes trap shooting much more challenging!
 

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Just to show you opinions can vary, if someone gave me a Benelli I would pass it on rather than keep it. I cannot abide Benellis of practically any ilk. But, that is just me. In point of fact, a Benelli, Remington, Mossberg, Maverick, or "other" will probably do fine for you. We are talking pump guns here; not Purdeys.
 

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The benelli is a fine weapon. it's problems are access to accessories. You can't go to the LGS and buy a choke tube for it. you can get parts but it will take a while. If you want to upgrade or change the furniture you can't browse ebay and find a deal in a couple weeks. Barrels are expensive and a PITA to acquire.

One thing I have started doing before I purchase a gun is look for parts and accessories before I buy it. If I can find common parts and accessories there is a good chance I might want for the gun I will buy it.
 

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The benelli is a fine weapon. it's problems are access to accessories. You can't go to the LGS and buy a choke tube for it. you can get parts but it will take a while. If you want to upgrade or change the furniture you can't browse ebay and find a deal in a couple weeks. Barrels are expensive and a PITA to acquire.

One thing I have started doing before I purchase a gun is look for parts and accessories before I buy it. If I can find common parts and accessories there is a good chance I might want for the gun I will buy it.
This is true I loved my nova but you can't find much for them...which all I ever bought for it was a after market recoil pad and a saddle mount for a scope
 
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