The Luigi Franchi company is an old-established one with a high reputation for shotguns in Europe and elsewhere.
The Model 610 is a gas-operated auto-loader for conventional pattern, the bolt is locked to the barrel extension until freed by the action of the gas piston concealed in the fore-end, along with the tubular magazine. The stock design features a flowing pistol grip which permits a rearward placement of the trigger hand, something which many shooters prefer, and the stock has rather less drop than is common. The finish is excellent, the stock and fore-end in nicely-figured walnut with a good hand checkering, and the aluminum receiver blacked and etched with a floral pattern.
The gun is well-balanced, allowing rapid movement when at the shoulder, and the recoil is, as usual with gas-operated weapons, damped down to an acceptable level. It delivers consistent patterns, and there is a choice of improved, modified or full choke available. For what you get, the Franchi is remarkably inexpensive, and with the company’s reputation for workmanship, we would expect it to deliver flawless performance for many years. The 610 is an improvement on the earlier Model 500 and incorporates the Franchi “Variopress” system of gas regulation, which allows cartridges of varying power and length to be fixed without affecting the gas operation. A deluxe model, the 610 VS Luxxe is also available.
|Manufacturer:||Luigi Franchi SpA, Brescia, Italy|
|Barrel:||26, 28 or 30 in (660, 710 or 760 mm)|
|Weight:||around 7 lbs (3.17 kg)|
|Magazine capacity:||5 rounds|