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FRANCHI INSTINCT LX
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Photos: Forrest MacCormack

top rib and ventilated center rib come up
smoothly, naturally, and hang on target
with just the right length and balance for
helping maintain a swing. That swing is
easy to get started, too. This 7-pound
12-gauge is nicely balanced and quick to
the shoulder where the stippled black buttpad glides smoothly into place, thanks to a
rounded heel. A generously rounded comb
moderates any cheek slap from 3-inch
loads and makes light field loads pop as
if 20-gauge. The back-bored (essentially
over-bored) barrel also moderates recoil.
That said, I wouldn't shoot 3-inch loads-
or even heavy 2¾-inch loads-from this
light field gun as a regular practice. As with
all shotguns that point, swing and pattern
properly, this one should smack birds decisively with bird shot weighing 1⅛ ounces
to 1¼ ounces.
The single selective trigger is freed
via a top tang safety that features the
common and popular selector switch
in its center. Inertia from the first shot
sets the firing pin for the second barrel.
Upon opening, the gun ejects any fired
rounds smartly and automatically resets
the safety. This will frustrate some trap,

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Q Type: boxlock over/under shotgun
Q Gauge/Chambers: 12/3" (tested); 20/3"
Q Barrel: 28"
Q Trigger: single, 5.25-lb. pull wight
Q Sights: red fiber-optic front sight
Q Safety: tang-mounted manual w/barrel
selector
Q Stock: checkered AA-grade walnut w/
schnabel fore-end and satin finish; LOP
14.25"; drop at heel 2"; drop at comb 1.5"
Q Metal Finish: gloss-blue barrels, colorcasehardened receiver

HS403R

Q Overall Length: 45.5"
Q Weight: 7 lbs.
Q Accessories: extended choke tubes, hard
case

* Up to a 100,000 Hour Battery Life
* Parallax Free & Unlimited Eye Relief

Q MSRP: $1,699

skeet and clays shooters, but not many
hunters who rarely shoot more than
twice before all birds have flown the
coop. Thereupon one reloads and reactivates the safety anyway.
The Franchi Instinct LX locks into
battery via a single, action-locking bar
under the fence that juts forward as the
gun is closed. This wedges into a matching recess in the monoblock, suggesting a
self-tightening tendency that should keep
things snug for thousands of rounds. Three
knurled, extended coke tubes (full, modified and improved cylinder) and a choke
wrench ship with the gun in a hard, plastic
take-down case. This is a compact, convenient container for carrying and storing
a gun that deserves to be protected and
taken on many, many trips afield.
Franchi's Instinct LX has at least three
things going for it: as over/unders go, it
isn't expensive, it balances, handles and
functions perfectly, and it ain't ugly. No,
it sure isn't ugly. ah

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* Rotary Dial Brightness Control

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* IP67 Certified Waterproof
* 2 MOA DOT

HS503R
* Multi-Function Rotary Dial
* Up to a 100,000 Hour Battery Life*
* Parallax Free & Unlimited Eye Relief
* IP67 Certified Waterproof
* Multi-Reticle System™ (MRS):
65 MOA Circle & 2 MOA Dot;
2 MOA Dot
*Dot Reticle Only

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