Benelli Supernova

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Benelli Supernova
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A Benelli MR 1 rifle and a Benelli Supernova on display
Type Pump action shotgun
Place of origin Italy
Production history
Manufacturer Benelli
Unit cost Depends on Specifications Starts at USD 500
Variants Nova
Weight 7.2 lbs. - 8 lbs. (3.22kg - 3.63kg)
Length 40-49.5 in. (1,016.0-1,257.3mm)
Barrel length 18-28 in. (457.2-711.2mm)

Cartridge 12-gauge shotshell
Action Pump-action
Feed system 4+1 internal magazine
Sights Mid: Metal bead
Front: Red bar

The Benelli Supernova is a pump action shotgun, popular for hunting and self-defense. Its most innovative and distinguishing feature is a one-piece receiver and changeable stock with shim kit. The Supernova is known for its large trigger guard, extreme durability and reliability.[1]

Technical specifications[edit]

Three main models are available as well as one variant:

  • SUPERNOVA with ComforTech: This model is available with a variety of barrel and sight configurations, most intended for hunting and/or trap/skeet shooting. It is made in both black and camouflage finishes. Due to the polymer coated receiver and stock, along with proprietary coatings on the action and barrel, it is considered impervious to the elements. Barrels may be rifled or smoothbore, and are usually 24", 26", or 28" in length. Five types of chokes are available.
  • SUPERNOVA with SteadyGrip: This model is only available in a 24" barrel. The steady grip was designed for improve steadiness while taking a shot.
  • SUPERNOVA Tactical: This model can be equipped with a rifle or Ghost Ring sight and has an 18.5" or 14" barrel with a fixed cylinder choke.[2] with either a fixed stock pistol grip or an adjustable stock pistol grip.

Common Features[edit]

Magazine Capacity: 4+1 Chokes: IC,M,F (Supernova Tactical: Fixed Cyl.) Length of Pull: 14-3/8" Drop at Heel: 2-1/4" Drop at Comb: 1-3/8" Recoil Reducer: this mercury recoil unit is installed via a bracket that is attached to the interior of the stock. The baffled tube holds 14 oz. of mercury, which raises the length of time that the shot's impulse is spread across, thus lowering felt recoil. Chamber Empty Button: on the forend, allows unloading of unfired shell without releasing additional shells from the magazine.[3]

Recoil Reducer[edit]

Recoil without the internal reducer is very harsh using the 3.5 inch shells. The shotgun is very light due to its composite/steel construction. This light weight shotgun lends itself to heavy recoil using heavy loads with high velocities. The recoil reducer helps reduce the felt recoil and allows the shooter to obtain a faster second shot.

The recoil reducer consists of two elements; the apparatus that connects to the stock via the buttstock compartment, and the mercury element that is inserted into the recoil apparatus. This unit is available as a kit for installation in regular Nova shotguns as well.


  1. ^ Michael J. Simpson. "Benelli SuperNova". Retrieved November 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Supernova Tactical". Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Adam Heggenstaller (October 28, 2010). "Benelli SuperNova". Shooting Illustrated. Retrieved November 20, 2013. 

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