The Benelli M4 Tactical 5+1 capacity 18.5” barrel 12-gauge semi-automatic shotgun is an evolution of the M1, M2, and M3 line. Benelli currently offers the M4 Tactical in four models. All have the same 18.5” length barrel and share most overall dimensions. The differences?
You can get the guns with either an Anodized Black receiver with a Phosphate barrel or with a Titanium Cerakote receiver and barrel. Regardless, other parts such as the forend and stock are matte black. Beyond color, you have your choice of pistol grip (standard stock) or standard grip (tactical stock).
|Benelli M4 Super 90 (M1014)|
|Mass||3.82 kg (8.42 lb)|
|Length||889 mm (35.0 in) (stock retracted) 1,010 mm (40 in) (stock extended)|
|Barrel length||470 mm (18.5 in)|
Each M4 Tactical comes with one M choke tube. The chamber handles both 2 3/4″ and 3″ shells. The gun has a standard ghost ring sight, but it also has a medium-length Picatinny rail atop the receiver. Length of pull is 14 3/8”, drop at comb is 1 1/2″ while drop at heel is 2 1/4″. Overall length is 40” and weight is 7.8 pounds for all four models.
The M4 was designed for the US Military and entered service circa 1999 as the M1014 Joint Service Shotgun. The gun’s wizardry derives from Benelli’s patented ARGO system. ARGO stands for Auto-Regulating Gas-Operated. This self-cleaning, piston-driven action has a simple short-stroke dual-piston design. ARGO eliminates the need for more complicated mechanisms like heavy action bars and connecting linkages found on other similar shotguns.
You can also opt-out of these shotguns with a full set of five chokes: C, IC, M, IM, F as well as three-dot tritium sight inserts.
The M4 Tactical shotgun is the combat service shotgun of the U.S. Joint Services today. The M4 is a unique, Auto-Regulated Gas-Operated (A.R.G.O.) semi-auto 12-gauge. The metalwork is chrome-plated, anodized, or coated with heavy phosphate to prevent corrosion under the most grueling conditions.
- Ghost-ring sights for quick target acquisition
- Picatinny rail for mounting scopes, sights, and optics
- The extended magazine will hold seven 2-3/4″ or 3″ magnum shells
M4 Tactical ShotgunA member of the U.S. Marine Corps fires an M1014 shotgun as part of training in December 2006.
The M4 was the first gas-operated shotgun produced by Benelli. Its function is designed around an entirely new design called the “auto-regulating gas-operated” (ARGO) system. The short-stroke design uses two self-cleaning stainless steel pistons located just ahead of the chamber to function opposite a rotating bolt, thereby eliminating the need for the complex mechanisms found on other gas-actuated automatics.
The ARGO incorporates only four parts: two symmetrical fore-end shrouds containing two small steel pistons that push directly against the bolt.
Additionally, the weapon is self-regulating for use with shotshells of varying lengths and power levels. It can fire 2.75 in (70 mm) and 3 in (76 mm) shells of differing propellant loads without any operator adjustments and in any combination. Low-power rounds, such as less-lethal baton rounds, must be cycled manually.
The sights are military-style ghost rings and are adjustable in the field using only the rim of a shell. The MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny rail on top of the receiver allows the use of both conventional optical sights and night-vision devices while retaining the use of the original iron sights.
The modular basis of the shotgun means many of its features can be reconfigured as needed. It allows a user to quickly exchange the various assembly groups (barrel, buttstock, forend, etc.) without the use of additional tools.
Preliminary testing of the M4 suggests a high level of reliability. It can reliably function for at least 25,000 rounds without the replacement of any major parts. The steel components of the weapon feature a matte black phosphate corrosion-resistant finish while the aluminum parts are matte hard-anodized. These finishes reduce the weapon’s visibility during night operations.
The weapon requires little maintenance and operates in all climates and weather conditions. Collapsible buttstock
The buttstock is collapsible on the M4 Model (designated 11707) and on the M1014 Collapsing the buttstock shortens the weapon by almost 8 in (200 mm), allowing easier storage and transportation; furthermore, it permits better maneuverability around tight corners and over obstacles.
The M4 is also available with both pistol grip and semi-grip fixed stocks, with these also being available for the M1014. The M4 is no longer sold today with the skeleton buttstock (model M11707) to civilians. Benelli only sells the M4 with a fixed pistol grip-style tactical stock in the United States. However, the collapsible buttstock can be purchased by civilians in Canada.
Rail interface system
The Picatinny rail built into the top of the shotgun accepts scopes, laser illuminators, night-vision sights, and flashlights. Most modern military firearms have similar structures. There are aftermarket accessories such as handguards that incorporate other rail interface systems such as M-LOK.
Benelli Tactical and the M4
Benelli Tactical is a division of Beretta’s Law Enforcement (LE) division. Benelli Tactical manages the sales of all tactical shotguns to law enforcement agencies, government and military entities. The M4 shotgun is sold in three configurations: M4 Entry with a 14 in (360 mm) barrel; M4 with an 18.5 in (470 mm) barrel; and M1014, which is an M4 with the “M1014” nomenclature on it for military usage only. M4 shotguns sold through Benelli Tactical are available with the collapsible buttstock.
Benelli Tactical and Beretta LE have maintained the belief that the collapsible buttstock, while no longer illegal in the United States, is still only to be made available to law enforcement and government agencies. Benelli Tactical/Beretta LE will not sell these stocks to private individuals.
Benelli Tactical does sell the stock piece for retrofitting the pistol grip stock for $150. The stock must be direct-shipped from Italy, however it and other aftermarket stocks are commercially available and not restricted by the United States.
The suggested retail price of the civilian version is around $1,899. An NFA stamp is required to purchase or own the 14.5″ barreled model only since this model is considered to be a Short-Barreled Shotgun or SBS. The standard magazine capacity of the civilian version is 5+1, although it is possible to fit 6+1 and two-shot extension tubes are sold by Benelli as well as some other companies. 9+1 extension tubes are also available, popular in 3-gun competitions. Some LE models have become available to private individuals on the secondary market.
Benelli M4 Tactical Specifications
- Chamber: 12-gauge; 2 3/4- and 3-inch
- Action: semi-auto; dual gas piston
- Round Capacity: 5+1
- Barrel Length: 18.5-inch
- Barrel Finish: phosphate
- Receiver: anodized black
- Stock: standard black synthetic
- Grip: pistol
- Included Choke: M
- Sights: rear ghost ring (W/E adjustable); front post
- Overall Length: 40 inches
- LOP: 14 3/8 inches
- Average Weight: 7.8 lbs.
- Accessory Rail: Picatinny
- MSRP: $1,999