Benelli SuperNova Tactical 12 Gauge Pump Shotgun Review

Welcome back, everybody. Today we’re going over the Benelli SuperNova Tactical shotgun. Now, the Nova in the SuperNova line from Benelli is their pump shotguns. They’re available in a number of different configurations, both from the tactical type setup that we have here, to the hunting type setup, to the skeet and trap type setups that they offer. Something different available for all different types of shooters out there. Of course, here on this channel we tend to work with mostly self-defense guns, with some other ones thrown in from time to time, so that’s what we’re going to be focusing on for this review and this particular model.

So, we’ll do a little bit more shooting and then get into some of the details of this gun. What you see here, some of the pros of it and some of the cons of it ‘cause certainly there are both.

We’ll start out on the end of the gun. This is obviously my gun so I’ve configured it how I like it, but we have, of course, the ghost ring three dot sight. We have the white dot up front, with the ghost ring aperture in the rear that all lines up there. Some folks really like it, some folks prefer the bead. I tend to like ghost ring sights. They work just fine for me, so not an issue there for me. It’s nice and hooded to protect it in case any sort of dropping impact or anything like that happens. Good on them there. One thing you’ll note here, this is an aftermarket Nordic Components +2 extension. It’s awesome.

There’s not a whole lot of extension makers out there for these like there are for 870s or 590s or something like that. I did some research on this one and it’s definitely the one that I think is probably the best one out there on the market. Made from very high quality components. It also looks good, has a nice gripping surface there when you’re tightening it down. And it comes with the clamp and the optional rail on there for adding a light. With the forend that we have, which we’ll get to here in a second, there’s not a lot of options for that, so this really is a pretty good setup there, if you choose to do that.

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It gives you 6+1 capability instead of the 4+1 which is the factory. Some folks out there are reporting that certain shells will give you 7+1, but all the 2 3/4s that we’ve used here have been 6+1 with this extension for what it’s worth.

Now we need to get into the forend. There’s some pros and cons to this forend. First, the pro of it is that it’s very ergonomic. It fits well in the hand. It’s nice and wide, has good gripping surface on there, so really you’re going to grab it and it enables you to run the pump hard, which is exactly how it’s designed.

The con of it. There’s a couple of them. One of them we’re going to show you here in a second. One interesting thing about it is this little button here on the bottom. This button I believe is actually why I don’t think there’s aftermarket forends for it. It’s kind of a complex little issue there. So what it’s designed to do is when you run the action, say you fire a round or you hit the release, your next round’s going to come up and go in the chamber, right. Now if you want to stop the magazine from feeding, that’s what this little button here is for. There’s a couple reasons I think that this would be somewhat useful. When you’re actually running it, you fire your shot, then at this point, as you unlock the forend, you push that button in, release your empty shell, and you’ll note no round fed from the magazine there. At this point, you have a couple options. Say you’re a law enforcement type of guy and you always need to carry with an empty chamber; that enables you to do so. The round will come out like we just did, and you can put it back in your magazine should you choose to do that.

Additionally if you have a side saddle which we’re going to get into in detail here in a just a second, that enables you to – say you had buckshot in there like we had right now, and you wanted to switch over to slugs, you can actually just put your slug right in there and not have to worry about that extra round going in there or having to empty out your magazine tube. That’s the pro of it. You can see there once you chamber it, run it again, and it will feed from the magazine, so that only works for one round, and after that it works as normal.

The receiver on the shotgun is actually stainless steel, but over it you have this plastic molding there which is supposed to prevent corrosion. Of course the stainless steel’s going to do a good job. You wrap that plastic over there and you’re really going to have a very corrosion-resistant gun. That’s a good thing in terms of corrosion resistance. It also looks good, I think, and generally isn’t a bad overall design.

Now that forend, one disadvantage of it is that, as you can see, it’s very long. So it comes all the way back here, so your typical sort of Velcro side saddles like this one here from AWS, which is the one I use on most of my shotguns. It’s just easy to have Velcro. You can plop it in, take it off. That type is not going to work due to the way this forend comes back.

However Mesa Tactical does make one. The beauty of it is, since the receiver here is drilled and tapped for a scope rail, it adds a rail and six shots, or I believe they have an eight shot as well, side saddle on there. It’s actually designed so it’s high enough up there so it clears the forend. So a little bit unique to this particular shotgun due to the receiver and forend design. I believe that one’s around $80 if you want to pick one up over on Amazon or something like that. It’s certainly an excellent option with the design limitations of this setup.

Moving on from the forend, you’ll see a few things going on in this section of the gun. First off, it takes up to 3 ½” shells. That’s not a misprint. It will take them all. A lot of guns are limited to 3. This one will take up to 3 ½ inchers with no problem.

Obviously Benelli makes very high-quality barrels. This one here is actually chrome-lined as well for corrosion resistance. It can take any kind of load. If you want to shoot steel shot through there, whatever, all the way up to 3 ½. Pretty much any load made, this gun can handle it just fine. It is a cylinder bore so no chokes in there, but the chrome lining there is going to add obviously to the corrosion resistance and durability of the barrel.

We unlock the action there. You’ll note as I do that, if I can do it slowly here, that that bolt is actually rotating. It’s a two-lug system, rotating bolt and it rotates back in to lock into place and now that unlocks, rotates out. Very proven system, works well, certainly holds up over the long term.

The controls of the shotgun are located right here in the trigger group area. We have our release as well as our crossbolt safety. This is the safe position, you push it over, that is the fire position now. Now I suppose it’s listed as an ambidextrous safety, as a crossbolt safety, I suppose it is. Of course it’s maximized for right-handed shooters and speed. Being able to push it in and come right back here to the trigger. Run the action. You’re just going to push up on the lever there. Run the forend, of course it locks back into place, and until you hit that button again, it will not work.

Most of the SuperNova shotguns aren’t going to have this sort of triangular-looking trigger guard. That one there is on the models that are marketed towards sort of the police, law enforcement, military crowd, but it is an option out there. You can purchase it separately if you have a rounded one and want to swap it out, it’s there for you. Of course, a lot of the models, the sort of tactical, if you will, models are going to come with it now.

Those are also, some of them, are going to come with this retractable stock which we have here. It has a pistol grip, which is a nice, soft, sort of spongy rubber material, and that’s designed to aid in recoil absorption. It does well in that, no qualms about that. The stock itself can be pushed up pretty tight to use with body armor. That said, when it’s in the most upward position like this, you really won’t be able to see the sights because of how low they are to the top of the stock. Really to use the sights, you basically need to have it at least one position out. Of course you can keep pulling that out as your heart desires to give you up to a 14” length of pull.

I’m sure by now some of you guys have figured out the pros and cons to this gun. First off, one thing I always want to mention is reliability. Gun’s been 100% reliable with any kind of ammunition we put through it. That includes high brass, low brass, anything like that. Cheap junk ammo that you buy in bulk at Walmart, it’s ran it all.

That’s been one of my big sort of knocks on the Remington 870s, particularly the Express models these days is that they don’t all tend to work all that well. The police models still work well. Mossbergs are great of course. Some of those really in the price range that this gun comes in at, really the Express models are sort of suffering some quality control issues. I can tell you what, everything I’ve read online about these, shows no evidence of that. My personal experience with it shows no evidence of that at all. The gun is built extremely well. The action is super smooth out of box. Of course now we have a lot more rounds through it and it’s still super smooth, even smoother in fact.

Those are the pros of it. Also the barrel’s great, the receiver’s great, all that stuff works well. I do like the two-lug bolt design, very cool stuff there. Reliable, it really throws those shells out with authority.

The cons of it, no doubt about it, are aftermarket support. We have the Nordic Components extension that you see here. Again, giving me about 6+1, sometimes 7+1 capacity, which is great. This is an excellent product. The Mesa Tactical shell carrier and rail seems to be a very good product. I haven’t used it. I’ve read good things about it.

Stock options are somewhat limited. Forend options are very limited, you know you’re not going to see Magpul coming out with these any time soon, at least I don’t think so anyway. Overall, if you want a very well-built shotgun that will run, Benelli’s got a long reputation of building those types of shotguns and this one certainly seems to fit the bill. Most models are going to come in with MSRP around $499ish, $500ish. Street price on most of them is going to be a little bit lower.

Of course the ones that are sort of tactical like this one, with the collapsible stock, are going to come in at a little bit of a premium. You just kind of have to shop around, see what you want, see which options you prefer. No doubt about it, we don’t like the 4+1 capacity that it comes with, but that’s sort of an import law thing with Benelli being a foreign manufacturer. You kind of have to deal with it.

Again, this one is a good option. There are options out there for you guys looking to accessorize it, use it for sort of a home defense type role, but it’s a little bit more limited than what you’d see with the 590s and the 870s.

I think that’s about it. If you guys have any questions about the gun that we didn’t cover here, you can always post below in the comments section. You can also post over at my Facebook page as always. If you haven’t subscribed yet, please go ahead and do so. We appreciate that here. Hope to see you guys in the next video.