|Originally Posted By StrangerDanger:
Originally Posted By 6camaro9:
I love the Benelli M4 and it's on my wish of shotguns to own soon.
i've seen a couple of ad's that people are selling an M1014 and saying it's not an M4.
my question is what's the difference between the M1014 and M4?
sorry if this is a dumb question but i don't know and would like to know.
The M1014 was a limited edition Benelli M4. It was the first public offering of this platform to the public. It has an American flag engraved in the receiver. Originally, the M1014 came with a collapsible stock that was disabled by Benelli by using a recceiver extension that does not permit the stock from collapsing. The receiver extension can be replaced, but it is costly and beyond most users skill level. This model also has a fixed Improved modfied choke in the barrel. It came equipped with a 2 port gas system which is the standard desired model.
The 11703 was released with a fixed pistol grip stock and the same bastard receiver extension as the M1014. The barrel has removable chokes and it came with the dreaded 4 port 'low recoil' barrel. Benelli waranteed these barrels for users who requested it since the barrel was battering the crap out of the bolt carrier group and the rear of the receiver. It was also known to bust gas pistons.
The most commonly encountered M4 these days is the 11707. It has a two port barrel with removable chokes. The barrel profile has been modified and beefed up around the area where the barrel mates with the receiver. This model comes with the receiver extension that allows a colllapsible stock to function as designed.
The 11717 is a desert tan version of the 11707. All functions are the same.
There is a 11721 out there, that was made to take advantage of chumps. It is supposed to be a Law Enforcement onlly model, but some sellers have released them to civilians. The only difference is the collapsible stock comes with the weaponn rather than the fixed pistol grip stock. It is essentially a relabeled 11707. Usually you can see the 11707 sticker still on the factory box.
There is a 11724 which I'm told is the 14" entry gun version of the M4.
Bottom line is, you want a current production 11707. There have been several minor upgrades and enhancements over the years. Such as the finish on the ARGO plugs has been changed in the past few years.
StrangerDanger, thank you for the history lesson on the M4. i didn't mean to hihack this thread on the reliability issue, sorry.
I really love the collapsible stock version, is it possible for a civilian like me to own one?
or can i just get the 11707 and change out the stock? if i do this will i be out of compliant of 922(r)? which is a whole another can of worms.
P.S. i thought i saw a collapsible stock version at the gun show a couple of weeks ago, don't know the model number but the price was $2600. ouch!