To the semiautomatics of the Affinity series the difficult task of re-proposing the historic brand had been entrusted at the time Franchi characterizing these new products in terms of practicality and fair price: we would say an elegant rustic character that goes well with those who practice real hunting, not affected, and si he therefore expects a technical value from his rifle guaranteed togethere to a very personal aspect. Objective fully achieved given the success of the wide range now proposed in all types of long guns, but every now and then revisiting the origins moves a sense of satisfaction for following its evolution: remembering the hunting approach with the first Affinity, then in 20 gauge, let's now look at theElite Wood in which two elements in apparent antithesis stand out that are well suited to the hunter who loves to play with materials. The color immediately stands out light grey, called Metal Gray, andapparence hedgesa of metal surfaces, barrel and castle, obtained from the Cerakote finish®, an application of ceramic-based paint with a refined and attractive appearance with a valuable and long-lasting protective effect against any chemical and physical threat to metal.
This innovative proposal is not accompanied by the equally practical and functional synthetic stock: the rustic hunter equally loves a touch of classicism and chooses the combination with a walnut European grade 2 to dress your rifle in a full of decorum. On closer inspection then we are perhaps too used to considering wood as delicate: this is partly true, but today's oil painting guarantees adequate protection even in the most unfavorable situations, for example hunting waterfowl, as well as that in forest or in mountain areas. Of course, a few touches do happen every now and then, but the old technique of damp blotting paper, the not too hot tip of the iron and a bit of craftsmanship put things back in place. Definitely then even some signs a little more conspicuous than the others and difficult to eliminate is to be considered a license of nobility for the weapon and its owner.
The teacnica and the details
The castle of the closed type is obtained from an extruded Ergal for subsequent milling operations while the steel barrel is rotomammed: above the shaded janitor stands out and fairly high, with that rear step that favors visual accommodation while at the apex there is the Dual Color fiber optic viewfinder that ensures maximum visibility in all light and background conditions. The three increased points, characteristic of the Affinity 3, are also evident, with cocking lever, elevator control button and loading window of more substantial measures than the norm. The repetition mechanism is based on the so-called Front Intertia system, an inertial with the well-known shutter with rotating head e two fins constraint, connected to the recovery spring placed at the front, coaxial to the magazine tube: a solution that favors dynamic balancing and therefore firing stability.
The fold goes from 5 to 5 from 45 to 65 mm, the pistol butt sees the F characteristic of today's brand in the guard, the curvature ensures a stable grip and good positioning of the finger on the trigger as well as the back of convenient thickness and height makes the eye work at the right level with the line of sight; the stock is the well-known 22 mm TSA ADV (Twin Shok Absorber), with two other different thicknesses available. The Lop is equal to 365 mm with a medium butt plate, 357 with the low one and 375 with the highest. Lround rod in the bottom and with deep scalfature lhigher ongitudinal it offers an adequate hold to the swing: in the gripping fields the checkering called Allround Interlacement is laser engraved, gripping even with hands soiled by mud. At the apex of the shaft the closure cap protrudes with a few deep grooves that facilitate the grip: a hole on the central pin is offered for the belt holder T-shirt.
Two calibers proposed and the relative barrel lengths: 12/76 with 71 cm and 20/76 with 66 cm; core bore equal to 18,3-18,5 and 15,8-16,0 mm respectively, 50 mm chokes interchangeable thanks to the enclosed key, with values of 1 - 3 - 4 stars (* *** *** *). The weight registers 2.980 g for the 12 gauge and 2.700 g for the 20. The trigger group obtained from a polymer molding including the bridge and the guard ensures a release weight of around 2,500 kg (+/- 10%) without spinning or defects whatsoever. Convenient curvature and trigger position reachable even by those with very small hands; the transverse button of the safety is inserted in the rear prong of the guard while further on it protrudes from the castle the foil key of the reverse cut-off, as the Benellis have, with the red dot that indicates the armament of the dog. As already indicated, the three main controls are oversized for easy operation in extreme situations and even with gloves: below we find the large loading window and on the right side, the cocking lever protruding from the ejection window and the disc button for the release of the shutter.
Two notes to complete the description, one of aesthetics with the double parallel lines hollowed on the sides between the stock and the castle, peculiarre of today's Franchi rifles; the other, less visible, but substantially evidentwithout, the 7-year warranty that a company can provide when it is sure of its product.
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