I bought into the hype for this futuristic-looking shotgun. Benelli promised to revolutionize the hunting shotgun with the Vinci, but frustratingly comes up just short of greatness. Despite its flaws, there’s a lot to love about this firearm. Just remember, this isn’t a home defense shotgun, it’s a hunting weapon. The looks, the inertia driven system, and its modular design make for some very compelling points to its revolutionary nature, but do they outweigh some of the issues this gun has?
I have zero complaints about the Vinci’s accuracy. It’s a shotgun and it does what it’s supposed to do. The barrel length is good for bird hunting and is comparable to most hunting shotguns. Now the weight is the biggie here, it’s a surprisingly light shotgun. Maneuvering and bringing it up to your shoulder felt lightning fast. The front end weight is low making it easier to hold your sights up for a longer period of time. With how light the Vinci is, toting the firearm around is no problem at all. Benelli had flawless execution here. You could even add an optic for added precision, but I was happy with using the iron sights.
Again, this is a big plus for Benelli. I had only 2 malfunctions during the Vinci’s break in period. After that I haven’t had any issues at all. I’m able to put shot after shot down range with no issues. You can’t ask for more than a weapon that shoots flawlessly without issue, especially while bird hunting. There’s nothing more infuriating than having a jam that interrupts you while you’re in your zone. Luckily, that won’t happen with the Benelli Vinci.
This is where the Vinci takes a hit. Handling is okay at best. Some of the designs are questionable, namely the safety and trigger guard. The safety can be a pain to use. It’s small and set a little too far forward. You’re really out of luck if you have big hands or are wearing gloves. Engaging the safety felt clumsy because of its size. Benelli would have done themselves a favor if they stuck with a safety at the top rear of the weapon. One of the selling points was that the Vinci is a modular shotgun and it was a great decision to design the shotgun this way. Disassembly is super easy and intuitive. The Vinci breaks down into three pieces, the barrel and upper receiver, the trigger and magazine tube, and the stock where all the groups meet. If you’re into modular weapons, this is the shotgun for you. Additionally, there is an issue with the trigger guard, but that falls more so under the purview of recoil.
As a trigger snob, I have to say the trigger feels good. I wouldn’t say it’s the best in the game, but it is a step above most stock triggers. It’s light, snappy, and works great for precision shooting. I’ve gotten used to “squishy” triggers so a responsive and crispy click is refreshing.
Magazine and Reloading
I don’t have much to say about this. The magazine and reloading follow the standard of most hunting shotguns. It is serviceable and works as it should and that’s perfectly okay for what the Vinci is trying to do. Its magazine is just a tube magazine like any of its competitors. The reloading is identical to the industry-standard as well. The modular nature of the Vinci does make it easy to swap out whatever you want.
Length and Weight
As mentioned before, Benelli did a bang-up job with the weight and weight distribution of the Vinci. I was light and quick when I was using it. There wasn’t nearly as much arm fatigue when holding a sight picture for long periods of time. Agility is a big factor when I purchase a gun, and the Vinci passes my little test with flying colors. You can’t ask for more from Benelli in that aspect. The length is also satisfactory. At twenty-four inches, the Vinci has accuracy and maneuverability. I can’t say enough good things about how Benelli handled the build quality of the Vinci. The length and weight are perfect in my humble opinion.
Recoil management is where another major gripe comes into play. You have to be particular with what you load this shotgun with or you’ll have the front trigger guard slamming into your finger. It was not a fun experience at all. This was an issue with heavier three-inch loads. I was able to solve this issue by using less intense loads, but I do wish I was able to use what I wanted to. The Vinci has some recoil mitigation technology, but this wasn’t a particularly soft shooting shotgun. The inertia driven mechanism and light weight don’t make for a soft shooting experience.
The Benelli Vinci comes with a hefty 1400 dollar price tag. For me, the cost should be dropped by about 400 dollars. I think that the cost just doesn’t match my expectations or experience with the Vinci. You can purchase comparable shotguns at a less steep cost. I always said they tack on a couple of hundred dollars for the brand names and it’s true in this case.
The Benelli Vinci is a good gun but is held back by some design choices and price tag that didn’t quite match up to my expectations. Don’t let that discourage you though! There’s a lot to love about the Vinci. The cost isn’t amazing, but if you’re a fan of modular guns and looking for something unique, I’d say to pull the trigger and pick up the Vinci. The Benelli Vinci is not the revolutionary shotgun many thought it would be, but it’s still a step in the right direction and opens a door to better design.
Richard Douglas is a firearms expert and educator. His work has appeared in large publications like The Armory Life, Daily Caller, American Shooting Journal, and more. In his free time, he reviews optics on his Scopes Field blog.