Benelli Ethos Embarks On a 50-State Tour

We’re big fans of Benelli scatterguns. Who wouldn’t be? RF goes practically gaga when discussing his M2. And don’t even get him started on his M4. Kirsten obviously had no trouble effectively wielding it when she got the chance to shred some Charmin last year. So while an Ethos currently resides in his gun safe, sadly, life has intervened and prevented him from doing it justice with a full frontal review. Good things come to those who wait, though. In the mean time, to promote the new-for-2014 gun, Benelli’s sending an Ethos on a 50-state tour to be shot by all kinds of shooters, everyone from schlubs to competition shooters and documenting the experience for all to see. Press release after the jump . . .

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UK Judge Sentences Teen to 3 Years in Jail for Homemade Shotgun [Not Shown]

“A deadly DIY shotgun was harboured for years by a teenager who says he was given it to ‘look after’ when he was just 14-years-old,” manchestereveningnews.co.uk reports. “The 12-bore metal weapon was put together by an amateur gunsmith – but is powerful enough to kill.” Kill, I tell you, kill! Only 19-year-old Conor Tipler didn’t kill anyone with the homemade gun. Didn’t point it at anyone either. But that didn’t stop Manchester’s most senior judge, Judge David Stockdale QC, from locking-up young master Tipler for three – count them three years. If you think that’s bad . . .

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Gun Review: Beretta 1301 Tactical Shotgun

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Beretta’s 1301 Tactical is a sleek, fast, lightweight semi-automatic shotgun designed for home defense and law enforcement roles. Its short (13″) length of pull and 18.5″ barrel keep size as handy as possible, while its BLINK gas piston system is claimed to “cycle 36% faster than any other shotgun on the market.” A big claim for sure, and I certainly can’t outrun it (i.e. pull the trigger faster than it can cycle). Of course, at under 6.4 lbs. thanks to the aluminum receiver and polymer stock and forend, it can shoot a lot faster than I can keep it on target . . .

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Just Arrived: Benelli Super Black Eagle II

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A few weeks ago, I asked Benelli for a Super Black Eagle II thinking, “there’s no way they’ll actually loan me one.” But they totally did. Many thanks to Benelli, especially Carter Miler for expediting the shipment so I could have it for the weekend to go dove hunting. And while I’m thanking people, many thanks to Central Texas Gun Works for being so quick (and cheap) with the transfers. I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I opened the slim grey case, but seeing a camo SBE II neatly tucked away surely made me happy . . .

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Demolition Ranch: The Next FPSRussia?

Ever since person or persons unknown executed FPSRussia’s business manager, Kyle’s videos have lacked that certain je sais quoi. Specifically, joie de vivre. Fun! Excitement! Post-modern irony! I’m not saying our Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day Hall of Famer is walking through his on-camera appearances. It’s more like he’s zombie-stumbling. Be that as it is, the Demolition Ranch dude has turned a simple party trick – catching a shotgun shell inside the action and firing it – into a proper shtick. OK, not this video. But the highlight reel at the end indicates that he’s no one-trick pony. More than that, his ebullient ‘tude is endearing. And there’s no faux accent to distract viewers from the firearms festivities. One to watch.

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Miss America Contestant Asks: Can I Be Franchi With You?

Miss America contestant (courtesy ammoland,com)

You may remember Theresa Vail as Miss Kansas 2013, the first Miss America contestant to display tattoos during the swimsuit competition. The comely Army vet didn’t take the title, but she made a whole lot of friends with her outspoken views on sexual harassment and unabashed love of hunting. Leave it to the Italians to realize to capitalize on the Sunflower Staters shotgun stylings. Franchi is sponsoring  Vail’s new Outdoor Channel reality show Limitless with Theresa Vail (due in 2015) and adding her to the brand’s prostaff team. “I’m beyond excited,” said Vail in a press release (after the jump). And so she should be. She’ll be winging all over the world on Franchi’s dime to shoot exotic and dangerous game with a $1k Franchi Intensity 12-gauge. Glamor. Guns. Good! . . .

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When Shotguns (or Ammo) Go Boom

JRF_5045 Reader Jason F. writes:

On February 23, 2014 I was at Okeechobee Shooting Sports (where I work) along with a few members and friends enjoying a game of 5-stand. I was also there to help a friend get his wife — who happens to be terrified of guns — comfortable and interested in shooting. I had grabbed a flat of Rio 12 gauge 1-1/8 #8 off the sales floor. During the outing, a shell exploded in the Fausti Caledon I was shooting. The bang was loud enough that shooters from the two neighboring fields came over to see what happened. I was literally stunned for about five minutes. My right ear went almost deaf for 30 minutes or so and was pretty sensitive to loud noises for a month . . . Continue Reading

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Obscure Object of Desire: World’s Longest Shotgun

TTAG reported on SilencerCo’s new shotgun silencer a couple of days ago. Pictures and videos of the Salvo 12 have hit the net today. The above demo by Top Shot competitor Chris Cheng doesn’t really tell us much about the noise levels, as video mics cut-out when things go bang. Still, he’s not wearing ear pro is he? [Note: I now have permanent tinnitus because I didn't wear ear protection when a silencer maker told me a modified gun was "ear safe." Three shots. That's all it took. You have been warned.] Regardless of the db’s involved it must be said: that is the porn star of shotguns. Pie-ing a room with this bad boy? Not unless you’re doing it Three Stooges Style. Still, I want one. If nothing else, a silenced Benelli M2 will help me silence people who say it’s recoil that puts off new shotgun shooters. It’s the noise. And now, the weight. Sigh. Way cool slow-mo video after the jump . . .

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SilencerCo Launching New Shotgun Silencer

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The idea of a shotgun silencer isn’t anything particularly new — ever since No Country for Old Men came out a few years ago, people have been wanting to get their hands on such a device. Not many people, but people nonetheless. A couple companies have come out with their own version of a shotgun can, most notably Red Jacket Firearms as shown on one of their episodes. And every time someone mentions the idea to me, my response is always the same: why? I understand the George Mallory effect, but somehow I doubt that such a thing would be commercially viable. SilencerCo seems undaunted, and appears to have invited some people out to an event to show off their brand new shotgun silencer (our sources have already confirmed the product’s existence — there’s not really any doubt left at this point). The only question: will it sell? Make the jump for the press release.

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P320 Entry: On Love and Shotguns

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By Stewart F.

You know you live in Louisiana when your wife offers to go in halvsies on a new shotgun for Valentine’s Day. That or you’re just one lucky dude. Brace yourself, this will be equal parts gun review, musings of a first time duck hunter and range day recollection. I went duck hunting for the first time this year and was hooked instantly. Many of you are nodding your heads and wondering what took me so long. ‘I’m slow’ is all that I can say . . .

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Self-Defense Tip: Make Sure the Right Gun Safe is in the Right Place

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A handgun is for fighting your way to your long gun. Nowhere is this more true than at home, at night, with kids. In that horrifying situation, you want to call the cavalry, put the good guys behind you, grab your long gun, assume a defensive position and wait. A bedside handgun is an excellent tool to help make that happen. You can use your free hand to dial 911, grab the kids, open doors, turn on lights, etc. until you can get to your long gun. So where is it? Where is your shotgun or rifle? A lot of people . . .

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Armourlite Watch Torture Test

Armorlite Isobrite 100 Series watch strapped to a Benelli M4 (courtesy The Truth About Guns)

Before my first divorce, I owned a collection of fine watches. After the divorce, two. Taking a Patek Phillipe or Blancpain to a gun range makes as much sense as taking a Ferrari F335B (also gone) off-roading. So I looked for something more durable. My newfound interest in self-defense added another requirement: a watch I could read in the dark. Without glasses. I shared my eventual choice with TTAG’s readers back in 2012: an Armourlite Captain Field Series AL307. When Armourlite introduced a line of new, larger-face models, I hit them up for a $325 Caliber Series AL613 (with industry-leading brightness). To test for shock resistance. On your behalf. As you can see from the picture above, I strapped it to a Benelli M4 . . .

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