Essentially a dressed down M2, the Franchi's Inertia system runs up the tube, which makes it nicely balanced, quick to point, and sleek. One of my gripes about most autoloaders is the big bulky feel, like swinging a gas-operated club, but the Affinity has none of that. Franchi will tell you she weighs a lusty 6.5 pounds, but mine is closer to 7 in Realtree MAX-4. She fits well, and held up to near daily abuse on the saltwater. Best of all, you can find one for $700 in synthetic black. For 2013 Franchi has released a Sporting version, with a nickel-plated action, and a few tweaks for the clays course. MSRP: about $1,000.