Benelli Rifles Bowling Green KY

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Dunham'S Sports #9146
248674499
2625 Scottsville Rd Greenwood Mall Space 624
Bowling Green, KY
 
Gale''S Distributors
(502) 842-6123
510 Morgantown Road
Bowling Green, KY
 
Satterlys Gun Shop
859734720
247 Martin Ln
Harrodsburg, KY
 
Mid State Realty & Auction Co
859873590
5980 Tyrone Pike
Versailles, KY
 
Wright, James F & Wright, Teresa G
859289269
565 Calcutta Rd
Carlisle, KY
 
Roger''S Ammo & Reloading
(270) 842-6123
7541 Morgantown Road
Bowling Green, KY
 
Northcutt Gun Repair
859234757
4001 Grays Run Rd
Cynthiana, KY
 
Chinquapin Rough Gunworks
606364523
150 Wiley Hillard Rd
Annville, KY
 
Gun Depot
(270) 365-7050
1033 W Main St.
Princeton, KY
 
Centerfire Systems Inc
859873954
102 Fieldview Drive
Versailles, KY
 

Benelli MR1 Review: An Italian Coyote Rifle

We live in a global economy. My television was made in China, my new camo jacket in the Philippines, my truck was designed in Japan but built in Tennessee and now I have a coyote rifle from Italy. Of course, Italian firearms aren't anything new, some of the finest guns made originate from the land that gave us spaghetti. The US Marine's combat shotgun for more than a decade has been the semi-auto Benelli M4 (military name - M1014). Its reputation has been built on their ultra-reliable ARGO (Auto Regulating Gas Operated) system. That same gas system has now been adapted into a semi-auto rifle in 223 Remington and I've been successfully hunting coyotes with one. For this review, we're going to take a look at the Benelli MR1 rifle.

The rifle is designated as the MR1 and when mine arrived I was prepared to follow my normal routine of taking it apart to see how it works. That wasn't necessary with the MR1 as it arrives already field stripped. The assembly manual is well illustrated and printed in seven languages, so most people should have no problem putting it all together. Be warned, however, it is far more complicated than your bolt action rifle and if taking the bolt in and out of your deer rifle is a challenge for you, this may not be your gun.

With the Benelli MR1 assembled I recorded some vital statistics. These are my measurements, not factory numbers: weight with no scope and empty magazine - 8 lbs 2 oz; overall length - 41.5 inches; barrel length - 20.12 inches; length of pull - 14 inches; trigger pull - 5.5 lbs; rifling - 6 grooves with a 1 in 9 inch right hand twist. I also checked the barrel's interior with a bore scope and found a beautifully finished barrel with no tool marks and a cleanly cut chamber, throat and crown.

The rifle I received came with a five shot magazine patterned after the universal AR-15 design, which means most such magazines should fit. I tried three different brands, all with metal bodies, and all worked fine. Once you hit the appropriate button, the magazines drop free easily, but the rifle design is such that you won't be dropping magazines with your trigger hand unless you completely break the firing grip. Instead, the rifle seems designed to drop magazines with the thumb of the non-firing hand, while simultaneously catching them. This release is ambidextrous as is the bolt hold-open latch.

The MR1 comes with a competent set of iron sights that are probably best labelled as back-up sights. This is reinforced by the presence of an optical sight mounting rail along the top of the receiver. Considering I needed to do some accuracy testing with the rifle and wanted to take it hunting, I didn't spend much time with the iron sights, but moved straight to mounting a scope. The only snag in that plan was removal of the rear sight, which is held in place with two T-15 screws that proved to be so solid I broke three Torx drivers trying to get them out, with no success. Neither moderate amounts of heat nor impa...

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