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age when they are loosing muscle mass, and likely are becoming more sensitive to recoil — though many will not admit it. Consider carefully what type of semiauto action you want to purchase, and why you want to purchase it. Some semiautomatics use an inertia system to operate the action of the gun while emptying the chamber and reloading it. Benelli Super Black Eagle II and Benelli Super Nova semi-automatic shotguns operate this way; both have more felt recoil than the next operation system to be discussed, the gas operated system. In the gas-operated system, the power/ gases of the shell firing is used in this type of action to eject the fired shell and chamber a new shell. This system shoots “softer,” and has better felt recoil reduction than inertia operated semis. Berreta’s Explor Light and Beretta’s A-400 semi-autos use a gas-operated system, as does Remington’s new Versamax semi, and their models 1187 and legendary model 1100 semis. Now things get a bit more complicated. My explanation of the two types of semiauto shotguns is basically correct regarding recoil. But before I proceed I have several comments. Some inertia operated semis, some very good, extremely reliable semis, kicked (recoiled) really hard with 3½-inch, 12-gauge shells, for some time after their introduction. Many customers would shoot only 3-inch shells because of that. Others avoided buying those hard recoiling models. Gas operated semi-autos reduce recoil better than inertia operated semis, as far as the action goes. Other factors have since been introduced on inertia guns, and even

Read Closely Be careful of any repairs or changes you make to your firearms, both because they are relatively expensive, and because of liability issues. on pump guns, to better reduce recoil. It is no longer possible to judge recoil based solely on the firearm’s action-type, or the mechanism used within a given action type. In other words, recoil is now dependent on more than just gas or inertia operating systems in semi-auto guns. While other manufacturers are making strides, Benelli’s shotgun stocks are taking the lead on recoil reduction. They had to step forward because of their commitment to 3½-inch, 12 gauge shotshells, especially for waterfowl. Again, their super reliable inertia system still allowed shooters to take a beating, so they had to make good on recoil reduction. Benelli’s Comfortech System for stocks did not improve just by strides; it improved recoil by leaps. Benelli changed to softer pads, made them better fitting and offered more “give” when fired. Benelli added “chevrons,” or stock cutouts, fitted with a rubber-like material that allowed the stock to compress or “give”, when the gun fired, thus absorbing recoil. Remington has long used gas systems on their semis, but has decreased recoil even more with its Versaport gas regulating system, whose action is determined by shell size. Again, the 3½-inch, 12 gauge helped force positive changes. The above just covers the tip of the recoil iceberg, and it is good equipment. The above firearms and recoil reducing devices work quite well, but remember there are other good options available. Gun shops, catalogues, DVDs and the Internet can provide information. Just don’t fall for all the hoopla you read. Shoot as many guns as possible before purchasing. Invest in aftermarket items for your gun, your game and yourself. 
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012

Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012
History of the Whitetail
26 Days for a Gobbler
I Took a Stand
Enemies Among Us
The Smile Says It All
Wild Turkey Trivia
Wild Turkey Cures A Heartache
First VPA-HIP Habitat Project Nears Completion
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Fun Game
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - History of the Whitetail
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 26 Days for a Gobbler
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - I Took a Stand
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Enemies Among Us
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Wild Turkey Trivia
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Wild Turkey Cures A Heartache
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - First VPA-HIP Habitat Project Nears Completion
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