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Everything posted by AustinPSD

  1. Some inertia-driven semi's have problems when light/tactical loads are used. Aside from the factors you mentioned, the M4's ARGO system is auto-adaptable for a variety of low-recoil, tactical and similar shells that might create feed reliability problems when used in an inertia-driven system.
  2. +1... read the manual several times *before* you try and assemble the shotgun. Then use it as a guide while you assemble it. Then read it some more before you use the weapon...
  3. I use an EOTech 552 on my M4, as well as my AR's. They are good for both rapid target acquisition and accuracy. Not all "red dot" sights are created equal. EOTech and Aimpoint are as accurate as iron sights once you know how to use them. These sights require consistent cheek-weld to the stock, and work best with both eyes open. A consistent cheek-weld, including head/eye distance from the sight as well as head position (tilt) are required to get consistent accuracy. I found this comes only from "body memory" acquired through lots of practice at the range. My M4-mounted EOTech is
  4. Chokes (IC, M, C), choke wrench, bottle of Benelli lubricant, and the M4 dissasembled (receiver/stock/trigger group + barrel + handguards) and manual
  5. This, I think is what Benelli is having a problem with - it seems they've pulled the magazine extensions for all models as a response in attempting to comply with this confusing, obscure BATF policy.
  6. This is unrelated to the now-sunset "assault weapon" ban. Under section 922® of the BATF code, there are limitations on the parts make-up of imported shotguns. If you search this forum, or the AR15 forum on the topic of M4/M1014 shotguns with collapsible stocks, pistol grips, and extended mags you'll see lots on this subject. In the net, due to a lack of clarity and interpretation of 922®, Benelli elected to cease all importation, marketing and sales of magazine extensions for their weapons on Nov. 2 of this year. My perhaps over-simplified (and possibly incorrect) understanding of
  7. I don't know that Hoppes is any better of a solvent than M-Pro7 - if I recall, M-Pro 7 is more of a degreaser/chelating cleaner, while Hoppe's is a blend of oil, and corrision inhibitors. I think M-Pro 7 is intended to act as a bore cleaner to help remove carbon, as well as a degreaser. It may be that Hoppes is better for de-gunking "white out" like substances, but it's hard to tell. If the white gunk is a surface deposit, you might be able to scale it off with a popsicle stick/tongue depressor, or a plastic dental pick - if the gun store folk are willing to let you try... those wo
  8. Mine came from the factory with something that may be similar - on three places on the stamped text there was white stuff that was similar to "white out". It looked like something used to make the text more visible to an inspector or other assembly person. It came off with some simple wiping off Hoppes when I did the initial cleaning and assembly.
  9. Nope... on Nov. 2nd, all the dealers that I'm aware of pulled the Benelli mag extensions off the shelf. There has been no update on the BATF decision. I've lifted the notice from Cal's which is representative of all the Benelli dealers: November 2, 2005 Until further notice, BenelliUSA will cease all sales, marketing and use of magazine tube extensions imported or sold under the Benelli, Franchi and Stoeger brands. BenelliUSA will allow magazine extensions to be supplied by way of tax-exempt sales to law enforcement and government agencies only. The dealer of such a sale will hav
  10. Thanks for the informative post STA - this was great! Did you do the barrel swap in advance of a failure, or because of one? BTW - that looks like a nice range you're working out of. Wish I could find a facility like that around here.
  11. +1 on M1014's suggestion... I'm now north of 1000 rounds through my Low Recoil M4, not a single hiccup... I just got back from the range, after firing 60 rounds of Remington 3" Magnum #00 buck. Tearing stuff to shreds is a kick in the pants. My shoulder is a little sore, but my M4, aside from needing a little cleaning is no worse for the wear.
  12. AustinPSD


    I have the GG&G oversized bolt handle for the M4, and an AccuCam mount with an EoTech 552. The M4 is pretty heavy for a single-point sling. The SideArmor components look like they'd be of value for mounting a light, but I am waiting to see what the guys at Mesa Tactical release in January before making a purchase for rails. Their new FCAM system looks like the best of all worlds. I evaluated the M4 with both the Aimpoint Comp M3 and EOTech red-dot sights, and ended up with the EOTech. For me, it didn't have the tunnel-vision/squint - I am cross-eye dominant and ambidextrio
  13. The 7+1+1 capability is a feature of some of the older Benelli shotguns. To the best of my knowledge, the M4 won't do this. It would require 7 rounds in the magazine, one round hand-loaded in the chamber through the ejector port, and another round on the cartridge elevator. I don't think the bolt will close this way (I haven't felt like trying it either).
  14. An M4 purchased in California still has a removable dummy magazine tube. Fabricating a magazine extension for the M4 would be trivially easy - the dummy extender from the shotgun serves as an excellent machinist's reference... The magazine extension requires a 1" O.D. mild-steel or aluminum tube as a "blank", 6 1/2" long. Some simple machining is all that's required, in addition to adding internal/external threads. The piece could be hard-anodized or phosphated depending on the material used. There's no "magic" or complex manufacturing in the factory part... this would probabl
  15. I too am left-handed. The M4 as indicated is zero cast, so there are no shims to worry about. There are no problems with either hull ejection or gases in the face. The control issues are no big deal to adapt to - I've been doing this with "right-handed" weapons my whole life. It is pretty straight-forward to pivot your left hand around the pistol grip to allow disengaging the safety with your thumb - your finger will already be off the trigger anyway. For me, the bolt handle and release being located on the right side are actually convenient - I can operate either with my supp
  16. Once you've cleaned, lubed and assembled it... get your hands on lots of ammo and shoot it until your shoulder can't take it anymore I've been using Federal Tactical LE reduced-recoil slugs at the indoor range, and the same in #00 buck outdoors. I have also used Remington standard-load 1oz. Sluggers, as well as standard-load #00 buck. After using the shotgun, I have been running a bore-snake through it a couple of times, swabbing the breach clean with CLP, and wiping the remainder of the weapon down. I also inspect the bolt carrier/face of the bolt after every session. About eve
  17. I have an 11703 "low recoil" version. It has been in my possession since 11/15/05, with 250 rounds of slugs, including Remington standard 1oz 2 3/4 "Sluggers", as well as Federal Tactical Reduced Recoil rounds cycled through it. I've put another 200 rounds of Remington 00 3" Magnum shells, and Federal Tactical 2 3/4" Reduced Recoil rounds through it. So far, no problems of any kind... I inspect the weapon after cleaning following each range session, the bolt carrier assembly is showing no signs of cracks. It's a **** fine shotgun, and a pleasure to fire. Mine was new-in-box, and
  18. Nope... all the M4 stocks including the Standard, Pistol Grip, and Pistol Grip/Skeletonized are "screw on". They won't interchange with the other Benelli models.
  19. M1014, what kind of sling/attachment components are those in your photos, and where did you procure them? Thanks in advance...
  20. I've had my M4 for three days now, and put 200 rounds of Remington 2 3/4" Sluggers through it with no problems. It is a "Low Recoil" 4-port barrel assembly. The Remington slugger rounds are standard load (i.e. not reduced recoil). My plan is to continue with the current barrel assembly until a failure occurs - if that happens, I'll let Benelli remedy it under warranty, unless I hear from them directly relative to any in-warranty recall. In pre-purchase research I was aware of the potential problem with 4-port barrel assemblies. I concluded before my purchase that there were pr
  21. I waited about 8 days, start to finish after making the decision to purchase. The Right Gun (TRG) had what were rumored to be the last two M4's in the U.S. (excluding whatever was available on private auction). The day I made the purchase, one of those two had been sold about an hour before I called Steve at TRG. I got the last one that TRG had... Seven days later, the M4 arrived at my local FFL dealer. The transaction went very smoothly, Steve kept me in the loop the entire time, and the M4 arrived in perfect condition, everything handled as advertised. I would definitely do business
  22. My new M4 arrived late yesterday, and I had a chance to take it to the range this afternoon for an initial break-in. This is a fanastic weapon! The range I use is indoor, so slugs only, no shot shells - I put 50 rounds of Remington 2 3/4" "Sluggers" through it on ANT-5 targets ranging from 15 to 75 yards. Here is a picture of her, fresh from the range: [ 11-16-2005, 04:21 PM: Message edited by: AustinPSD ]
  23. I just purchased one of the last, if not the last M4's from TheRightGun.com (smooth transaction BTW). I pretty much scoured the country, including private auctions before I located this weapon... I figured that I paid about a $500 premium, but given the short supply and uncertainty around the timing of new shipments I don't feel to bad. I hope I will feel even better next Tuesday when the M4 is in my hands, and I'm feeding it lots of 3" loads at the range.
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