Released in 2006, the SuperNova was produced to test and sell the new Rilsan Technopolymer that Benelli had developed for the Nova. The SuperNova, which includes more recoil reducing parts and other design elements, is marketed at casual hunters, and is considered a good choice for first time shotgun shooters.
The key feature of the SuperNova, like its predecessor, is the fact that the stock and receiver are manufactured in a single piece, from Benelli's self-developed Rilsan Technopolymer. Combined with this Technopolymer, which Benelli claim to be more resistant to heat and cold than conventional materials while also being lighter, are a number of recoil absorbing features, including a recoil pad which allows air to be moved through it to absorb energy. The SuperNova also incorporates the ComforTech system developed by Benelli as standard.
The SuperNova is available in numerous, smoothbore, barrel lengths, from 18.5in to 28in, with the option of having a ventilated rib installed as well. The abidextrous safety, which locks the bolt in place through a transverse mechanism, is a highly praised aspect of the SuperNova, while a slight change in the design of the receiver means that the capacity of the SuperNova is increased over its predecessor.
The SuperNova is chambered to accept 12 gauge rounds, holding four with one in the chamber. These are loaded into the SuperNova by a magazine cap located infront of the pump action, which unscrews to allow loading and to disassemble the gun.
The SuperNova's popularity has meant that Benelli have launched a range of variations to the design, with "tactical" and camouflaged versions.
SuperNova ComforTech CamoEdit
Features a camouflaged stock and receiver, as well as a "ready to shoot" signal for firing.
Designed to use Slug-style shotgun ammunition, the SuperNova Slug is intended to be used for hunting large game and other animals, while also retaining the lightweight frame.
A Tactical version of the SuperNova which includes a integrated picatinny rail for mounting an after market scope and an extended pistol grip. The Tactical also features a telescopic stock and larger trigger guard to aid the user in adjusting the SuperNova to their preferred setup.
- A SuperNova was used in the 2013 film World War Z.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Shideler, Dan, The Gun Digest Book of Modern Gun Values: Pricing Firearms from 1900 to Present, (F+W Media Inc., 2007)
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 http://benelli.it/en/products/pump-action-shotguns/supernova/supernova-comfortech
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2012/12/daniel-zimmerman/gun-review-benelli-super-nova/
- ↑ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benelli_Supernova
- ↑ http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/Benelli_Supernova