Benelli M2 Tactical

The Benelli M2 Tactical is the most successful tactical semi-auto shotgun.

Benelli M2 Tactical with Pistol Grip Stock and Ghost Ring sights.

The first mass production semi-automatic shotgun was the Browning Model 5 first produced in 1902.  There are two primary types of semi-automatic actions in use today, gas and inertia.  All the major manufacturers offer gas operated shotguns but the inertia drive system is only used by Benelli and its sister company Franchi.

Semi-auto shotguns have been less popular than pump actions, due to costs that are typically 3 to 5 times more than a pump-action and lower reliability.  The wide variety of shotgun shell loads can cause problems with all of the semi-auto designs, while a standard pump action works with anything it can chamber.  However, a good semi-auto will still work with a wide variety of ammunition once the guns particular characteristics are determined.

In spite of these reliability challenges, many military and law enforcement organizations have switched to semi-autos  because no other gun can match the close range firepower, of a semi-auto shotgun.  Each 00 buckshot round is similar to firing 9, .38 special shots at close range.   A semi-auto can fire 5 or more of these rounds in as fast as one can pull the trigger, putting over 40 lethal projectiles down range in a second or two.

The Benelli M2 is based upon the highly successful Benelli M1 Super 90.  It is the current tactical shotguns based upon Benelli’s innovative inertia drive system.  The system has few moving parts and relies upon recoil rather than gas to cycle the action.  This means that no gas is directed into the receiver, resulting in a very clean running and reliable semi-auto.  The major drawback, is that these guns will not work with most low recoil loads and adding heavy accessories to the gun itself will require higher powered loads to be used as the interia drive system is tuned to the weight of the gun.  When used with proper ammunition though, it is extremely reliable and Benelli’s, used primarily in South American hunting ranches, are still working after firing over 100,000 rounds.

The M2 Tactical takes the basic M2 design and makes it more suited to police, military, or home defense use.  The barrel is 18.5” to shorten the overall length.  Underneath the magazine tube is lengthened to hold 5 rounds.  The receiver is also tapped to allow a scope or rail system to be attached.  There are three types of stock offered; standard, standard comfort tech recoil reducing, and tactical pistol grip.  The sight options are open rifle sights or a protected ghost ring setup.  The Benelli M2 and its predecessor, the M1, are the most widely used semi-auto tactical shotguns in use with military and police units.  


Version - Benelli M2 Tactical with Pistol Grip Stock

Caliber - 12 Gauge 3” (also 2 3/4”).  Shot should be 1 ⅛ oz to ensure reliability.

Receiver - Steel.

Action - Recoil - Benelli Inertia Drive.

Butt Stock - Composite with recoil pad and sling attachment on each side.

Pistol Grip - Composite with rubberized grip surfaces.

Hand Guard - Composite with rubberized grip surfaces.

Barrel - 18.5”.

Overall Length - 39.75”.  

Weight - 6.7 lbs unloaded.

Magazines - 5 rd Tubular (2 ¾”).

Sights - Ghost Ring and Post.

Muzzle Device - None.

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