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January 17, 2012
Franchi Affinity 12-Gauge Autoloader
3 1/2-inch guns are overrated, and the new Franchi Affinity proves it. This 3-inch autoloader is well made, shoots straight and is more than enough medicine for any waterfowl.
My brother had a Franchi semi auto in the 1970's and it was an expensive piece of crap. Since they are still around I would guess they have upped their game. The gun is attractive if nothing else.
This shotgun has my attention for the Uplands. Reason: weight, or lack thereof in 12-ga.
If you read the reviews on any of the top 7 to 10 shotguns being rated, they all bear equal count on good vs. bad reviews. Franchi sometimes gets a bad rap because they all require an unavoidable break-in period in order to avoid chambering problems. Once broken in, however, their performance in all regards can stand firm against any of the competitors.
In my opinion, with the right tune-up, any one of the top-rated semi-auto loaders performs in the upper most range enough to satisfy every sportsman.
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