For discerning buyers, Benelli M4 Tactical 12G is known for making shotguns. Clients like the U.S. The Marine Corps, the French Special Forces, the Irish Special Forces, the Special Forces of Israel, the SAS, as well as a number of law enforcement agencies. And the Cadillac of semi-automatic assault shotguns is the Benelli M4.
Initially, the Benelli M4 was built for the Marine Corps, where it acts as the M1014.
A 12 gauge, gas-operated, semi-automatic shotgun designed for tactical applications is the Benelli M4. The ARGO (Auto Controlling Gas Operated) device is called the gas system that the M4 uses. It’s also a semi-decent Ben Affleck flick.
By taking gases from the further up the barrel than usual, the ARGO device improves the efficiency of a shotgun. This makes for cleaner gas and less fouling. Two pistons that directly strike the bolt are also incorporated in the ARGO scheme. It’s faster and lighter than most devices with gas.
The price of perfection with smoothbore is steep. Depending on the model, the MSRP is a hair south of two grand, (there are two M4 H20 Tactical versions for $270 more with titanium Cerakote finished receivers). The barrier to entry renders the shotgun unavailable to most and you have to ask yourself if it’s worth the money, even when you can afford it.
The reply is… complicated. As someone who owns the Benelli M4 Tactical 12G and used the M1014 during my military service, I can tell every penny is worth it… but it’s not worth it either.
Reliability: * * * * * Reliability:
The M4 Benelli eats everything you throw at it. It cycles easily with buckshot and birdshot and is only threatened by less deadly, splitting loads and other ultra-low-powered shotgun shots. Big brass, low brass, no matter… the M4 is going to make it go boom.