Mike Powell tries his hand at the Franchi Affinity, a brand that stirs memories of his very first semi-auto while Richard Atkins trials the gun on camera.
In other reviews, I have said that my first semi-auto shotgun was a Franchi. It was very light and I could use it with one hand whilst holding the lamp with the other. It served me well for years until it was stolen during a break-in.
Since then, apart from test weapons, I have never owned another Franchi, so when GMK offered me the chance to test the Affinity semi-auto from this maker I jumped at it. Clearly there have been big changes since my first dealings with Franchi, possibly the biggest being the take over of that company by Beretta. My feelings are that only good can come out of a liaison with such a prestigious company. Clearly there has been a merging of ideas and with three gun making institutions like Franchi, Benelli and Berretta all with proven track records, quality guns must be the end result.
The Affinity on first inspection shows the Benelli influence in its styling and from a weight point of view. Although not as light as my old Franchi, this model weighs in at a very reasonable 6lb 13.5oz. Assembly proved a little tricky but when once mastered was simple. Apart from the cartridge carrier and the letter “F” in white on the trigger guard everything else is black, which suits the gun perfectly, and the forend and stock are synthetic.