Benelli, makers of the M4 Super 90 shotgun used by the USMC, have announced a rifle based off the same action, called the MR1 Carbine. From looking at the pictures at The Tactical Wire, it looks like a scaled down R1, chambered in 5.56 NATO. High points of the new MR1 Carbine from Benelli:
- Takes STANAG mags
- Hard chromed 16 inch barrel
- Benelli’s ARGO action
- Benelli’s proprietary finish
The MSRP is $1299 – which I’m not going to say is expensive, but for the same money you could buy AND configure an AR15 pattern rifle to your liking. I think the rifle is a cool idea, but at that price for a gun that you can’t readily get spare parts for, it’s not really practical to my estimation.