Hi everybody! I've been around here for awhile but this is my first time posting. Nice to meet you all!
Not only is this my first shotgun, but it is my first firearm as well. I've been interested in picking this bad boy up for a long time and I finally managed to save up the money for it. At the moment I am suffering through CA's imposed 10 day waiting period, but I'll be able to finally pick it up on Monday.
Seeing as how this is my first, and how everybody here seems very knowledgeable, here are some obvious newbie questions. I want to treat it as well as possible, and I always want it to be in as perfect shape as possible so it will be there for me. I will definitely take great pride in owning it. This will probably be kinda long, but please bear with me..... I will greatly appreciate any help that can be offered.
1. When I went to my local FFL holder to see it, it was new in the box. It was about halfway assembled, and the entire thing was covered in grease. I've heard that it is a great idea to give a new firearm a good cleaning/oiling. What should I use to clean all the grease from the external surface of the gun?
2. Should the gun be disassembled and fully cleaned? I would guess that it should be. With this gun, which parts should be cleaned? Which parts should be oiled? None of this was really covered in the Benelli manual.
3. I just asked which parts of the gun need to be cleaned and which need to be oiled.. so how often should I do each?
4. When it comes time to assemble the gun I will follow the manual as closely as I can to try to prevent any potential problems. Are there any extra things concerning assembly/disassembly that I should know that were not mentioned in the manual?
5. What types of cleaning products will I need, and what would you recommend? I've heard a Bore Snake is a must buy, as is Breakfree CLP(I forgot, does this stuff serve as a lubricant on top of being a cleaning agent?). Your opinions? What other items would I need besides these, if any?
6. I was interested in adding a sidesaddle, probably a TacStar. I've also seen ones that kinda velcro themselves on instead of bolting down. Would the bolting down type be preferable? It is kinda hard for me to say. I also hear you should use something called LocTite to help keep the connection firm, and lightly oil the backside part of the sidesaddle that comes into contact with the gun. Is this sound advice?
7. What sort of gun case/range bag would be a good choice for this gun? I have no doubt there are all sorts of them around. I am looking for a nice one that will hold a pistol-gripped shotgun like this, while being reliable and able to keep it safe from the elements.
8. Any specific ammunition loads you would recommend? I imagine I will purchase many various types and brands to give them all a try.
9. Does Benelli offer actual full size magazine tube replacements, as opposed to a screw-on magazine extension? If they don't right now, will they be offering this in the future? I am aware that it would be illegal to install either of these at the moment, while keeping the pistol grip attached. I just want to be prepared for 9/13 assuming that the "assault weapons" ban ends.
10. Here is one of those fun legal questions that we all love.. especially geared toward those who know California law. Assuming that the federal "assault weapons" ban expires on 9/13, I know that as long as your state has no laws preventing this, you may keep the pistol grip while bringing the gun to its full magazine capacity, as well as install the standard telescoping stock. The problem with California is that it has its own "assault weapon" ban. It would be legal to have the pistol grip while upgrading the magazine capacity, but you could not install the telescoping stock legally because in CA, a semiautomatic shotgun with a pistol grip and a telescoping or folding stock is considered to be an "assault weapon." My question is, living in CA, would I be able to just simply purchase the telescoping stock, but not install it? After all, the stock in and of itself should not be an illegal item, right? It only becomes illegal upon installing it on the shotgun. I was unable to find anything in CA law that would prevent me from doing this, but please let me know if I am wrong. I ask this because I would like to have it available so I could install it upon leaving the state(with it being legal in said state of course), without worrying about purchasing it sometime in the future.
Thank you once again for any help! Sorry for the length but I figured I'd better make my first post a good one! Talk to you all soon.