Benelli Nova Field

Description

The Benelli Nova Pump is a pump-action shotgun chambered in 12 gauge and 20 gauge. Benelli is an Italian firearms manufacturer founded in 1967. Benelli is headquartered in Urbino, Italy.

The Nova Pump is a field-style pump-action shotgun made in a variety of barrel lengths and overall lengths. The Nova Pump employs a synthetic grooved stock. The Nova Pump is available with a front bead sight. The Nova Pump also includes a push-button shell stop, allowing a chambered shell to be removed without releasing rounds from the magazine. The Nova Pump is available in Realtree APG, Realtree Max-4, and black synthetic finishes.

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Specifications

12 Gauge
Capacity: 4
Sights: Front bead
Features: Push-button shell stop
Gauge: <br />12 gauge
Stock: Synthetic/camouflage<br />Synthetic/matte black
Material/Finish: Steel/blued
Type: Pump
Chokes: Full<br />Improved cylinder<br />Modified
Website: http://www.benellius…
Weight: 7.8 pounds<br />7.9 pounds<br />8 pounds
Barrel Length: 24"<br />26"<br />28"
Length of Pull: 14.25"
Overall Length: 45.5"<br />47.5"<br />49.5"
Drop at Comb: 1.375"
Drop at Heel: 2"
Bore: 2.75"<br />3"<br />3.5"
20 Gauge
Capacity: 4
Sights: Front bead
Features: Push-button shell stop
Gauge: <br />20 gauge
Stock: Synthetic/camouflage<br />Synthetic/matte black
Material/Finish: Steel/blued
Scope:
Type: Pump
Chokes: Full<br />Improved cylinder<br />Modified
Website: http://www.benellius…
Weight: 6.5 pounds<br />6.6 pounds
Barrel Length: 24"<br />26"
Length of Pull: 14.25"
Overall Length: 45.5"<br />47.5"
Drop at Comb: 1.375"
Drop at Heel: 2"
Bore: 2.75"<br />3"
MSRP$439.00

Editor Review

A few years back, longtime shotgun manufacturer Benelli released their modern version of the venerable pump shotgun in America. The Nova was a hit with American shotgunners and quickly built a reputation as having superior ergonomics and drop-dead reliability.

Pump action shotguns are among the most versatile of all firearms. Depending on the barrel length and shell choice, it can be used to hunt anything from whitetail deer all the way down to small animals like rabbit and squirrel. However, pump shotguns also make a truly formidable home-defense gun. 

The gun tested is a field grade model with a black stock, a 28-inch barrel with an orange fiber optic bead, and came from the factory with several replacement chokes. The Nova is also unique among pump shotguns because the polymer stock is formed around the metal skeleton of the receiver, effectively forming an incredibly strong and light single unit. Due to the gun’s inherent strength, 12 and 20 gauge models can handle 2.75-, 3- and 3.5-inch magnum loads.

Yet, one of its most unique features has to be the push-button shell stop. It’s a button placed on the gun’s fore-end that allows a shell to be removed from the chamber without unloading the magazine. Though, it doesn’t get used that often, I just haven’t seen it on any of its competition.

Also, well-designed grooves in the synthetic stock and fore-end help create a good gripping surface even with gloves, or when the gun is wet.

Despite being light, the Nova’s recoil pad does help absorb recoil, but a full day of shooting heavy loads will take a toll on you. However, Benelli does offer several optional Comfortech gel recoil pads if the original is found to be lacking.

While the gun was being evaluated there was a unique opportunity to truly test its ease of handling. It was offered to a female shooter for a beginner trap shooting class. Despite never shooting trap before the class, the novice shotgunner was able to hit 23 out of 25 clay pigeons.

While the shooter’s success was largely the result of an excellent teacher, it is also a testament to the Nova’s ability to fit people of different sizes.

The gun’s technical specifications include dual-action bars and rotary head locking lugs that creates a smooth action that imparts a certain level of refinement most other pump shotguns often lack.

That refinement, however, comes at a slightly higher cost compared to its competition, which is the Nova’s only true drawback. MSRP, depending on model, runs from $409 to $649, but realistically you’re looking to pay about $350. And picking up an extra barrel is also a much bigger investment when compared to other pump shotguns.

Traditionalists might quibble with the gun’s Italian styling and, admittedly, it isn’t for everyone. There is also a question as to whether the Nova is worth the higher cost considering the excellent value of less expensive American offerings.

For those willing to take on the extra cost, however, the Nova field model makes an excellent hunting shotgun, and with minor modifications can also be used for home-defense.

Other models include the Nova Tactical and the Super Nova.

The Benelli Nova Tactical is identical in size to the Field, but has additional features such as Ghost ring sights or open rifle sights, and the chamber, tubular magazine and parts of the bolt have a nickel-plated finish, which is incredibly resistant to water. And it’s also available with a nickel-plated barrel, too.

Then the Super Nova has a more modular design. The stock can be easily removed for an array of aftermarket ones, and comes with a shim kit, so you can adjust heel, pull and comb. It has a widened trigger guard.