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Franchi introduces the Instinct Sideplate O/U Shotgun

Franchi adds another distinctive model to the Instinct double-barrel family by expanding its already impressive lineup of fine over/under shotguns. For 2022, Franchi introduces its first sideplate-style O/U called the Instinct Sideplate.

The Instinct Sideplate sets itself apart with an elegantly engraved, color case-hardened sideplate-style steel receiver—a nod to Franchi’s Italian craftsmanship heritage. Distinctly American gamebirds are inlaid in gold on both sides of the traditionally floral engraved receiver providing classical accents to the gold-plated trigger and complementing the rich AA-grade satin-finish walnut stock featuring a Prince of Wales grip and Schnabel forend.

Since their introduction, the Instinct series of O/U shotguns have delivered the exquisite fit, form, and agile handling worthy of Franchi’s place amongst Europe’s finest double barrel manufacturers, just without the gilded price.

The new Instinct Sideplate shotguns are available in 12- and 20-gauge chambered in 2 ¾- and 3-inch. Each gun comes with C, IC, M, IM, and F extended black chokes, as well as a custom-fitted hard case for safe transport to and from the field.

Instinct Sideplate O/U Shotgun Specifications

  • Gauge/Chamber Length: 12-gauge, 2 ¾” and 3″; 20-gauge, 2 ¾” and 3″
  • Barrel Length: 28″
  • Chokes: Extended C, IC, M, IM, F, and wrench
  • Sight: red fiber-optic front bar
  • Stock/Forend: AA-grade walnut; Prince of Wales grip, Schnabel forend
  • Length-of-Pull: 14 ¼”
  • Drop at Heel: 2″
  • Drop at Comb: 1 ½”
  • MSRP: $2,229

For more information on the new Instinct Sideplate O/U shotguns by Franchi, visit

About Franchi

Known for its high-quality semi-automatic shotguns, over-under shotguns, and bolt-action rifles, Franchi brings over 150 years of craftsmanship and innovation to the gun-making art. Franchi firearms have earned a reputation among dedicated upland hunters, waterfowlers, and big game hunters for their exceptional fit, exquisite handling, fine balance, and proven reliability in the field throughout the world.

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