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Gear Posted 12-19-2011

Franchi's New Affinity Semiautomatic Shotgun

A completely new lightweight shotgun launches a new era for Franchi’s innovative light, fast and reliable auto-loading shotguns. The Affinity is a versatile Inertia-Driven®, semiautomatic shotgun that’s right at home in every type of shooting situation, whether it’s hunting birds or busting clay targets. When you pick up the new slim and distinctive Affinity you will understand the meaning of “feels right.”

Available in both 12- and 20-gauge, the Affinity receiver is made of a lightweight, durable aluminum alloy that’s strengthened with steel inserts that ensure a solid steel-to-steel lock-up. As a result, the 12-gauge Affinity weighs 6.4 pounds and the 20-gauge is just 5.4 pounds. This lively auto-loader responds to the explosive flush of a quail covey as quickly as it swings with a flock of teal zipping past the decoys.

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The Affinity handles everything from a 1 1/8-ounce target load to the heaviest 3-inch Magnum in 12-gauge guns and 7/8-ounce up to 3-inch magnums in 20 gauge guns. Because they are Inertia-Driven®, the new Affinity shotguns have the feel of smaller gauge guns without compromising the proper punch expected of the actual gauge. This is possible because the recoil spring encircles the magazine tube located forward of the receiver, which keeps recoil in line with the shooter and helps reduce muzzle climb. Without relying on gas valves or heavy pistons positioned under the fore-end to cycle shells the Affinity offers a slim attractive fore-end profile. 

The Affinity’s durable synthetic stock is impervious to all elements of weather, as well as gun solvents and lubricants. The stock is drop and cast adjustable with a shim-kit system. Recoil is tamed with a newly designed recoil pad that is unique in both form and function, allowing deep compression that spreads recoil energy over a wider area of the shooter’s shoulder. The stocks come in three finishes; black synthetic, Realtree® Max-4™, and Realtree® APG™. Whether it’s duck marshes, grouse woods or the pheasant plains and partridge prairies there’s a stock that’s perfectly suited for the job.

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