It's also possible for a gun to become an instant classic. Benelli's 6-pound, 12 gauge UltraLight semiauto was introduced in 2008. In its narrow niche --semiautos for upland brush hunting -- it has already established itself as the best ever (better than the Winchester 59, the Franchi 48 AL, the Browning Sweet 16 and even my favorite, the Browning Double Automatic). It is definitely "new and improved," useing modern materials like a carbon fiber rib to save weight and a dipped, enhanced woodgrain finish. Performance-wise, however, it's a classic. It carries easily, points perfectly, kicks less than it ought to, always works, and it already has won a devoted following.