Monday, January 21, 2013

Combat Shotgun

Benelli’s M4, the Marine’s 12-Gauge, Is Enhanced for Military and Defensive Use

The few. The proud. The Marines.

That slogan for the U. S. Marine Corps also work for its combat shotgun, the M1014.

In 1998, the government wanted a new combat shotgun, and keeping with proper military fashion, they issued a request for submissions to military trials. Benelli answered the call by entering their model M4 for consideration.  After extensive testing and submitting the entrants to mud, sand, heat and cold, the M4 out performed all of the competition.

In 1999, the Benelli M4 was adopted as the M1014 Joint Service Combat Shotgun. From that time on, the M4 put the military trials behind it and started proving its worth in combat.  
See why.


The Benelli M4 is a semi-automatic, 12-gauge shotgun that has been enhanced for military and defensive use. The heart of the M4 is Benelli’s patented Auto-Regulating Gas-Operated (A.R.G.O.) system. Dual stainless steel, self-cleaning pistons are operated by gases fed through a port just in front of the chamber. These short-stroke pistons impact directly against the bolt assembly eliminating the need for excessive linkage and providing reliable cycling.

The M4 sports an 18.5-inch barrel, which gives the shotgun an overall length of only 40 inches. The synthetic pistol-grip stock and fore end keeps its weight down to 7.8 pounds. The M4 has a capacity of 5+1and is compatible with either 2 ¾ or 3 inch shells.

The barrel is supplied with a removable modified choke.  Benelli has done away with the standard “bead” and has given the M4 a front blade mated with a ghost-ring rear sight. Both the front and rear sights are protected from damage with sturdy side-wings. Optional Tritium “night-sight” inserts are available for those wanting to go the step further.

The rear sight is field adjustable for both windage and elevation. If these sights aren’t enough for you, Benelli has also drilled and tapped the receiver for scope mounts. To make it even easier, the M4 is supplied with a MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny sight rail. There is a sling attachment point directly in front of the fore end, and one on each side of the butt-stock. The shotgun can be purchased with either black or desert camo finish.

Specifications are nice, but they alone do not make a combat shotgun.

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