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Franchi Intensity | Gun Carrier Shotgun Reviews



Perfect for waterfowlers out there, the Franchi Intensity is a reliable 12-gauge shotgun to bag the birds easily. Just like the Franchi Affinity, this beauty is a semi-automatic gun powered by the Inertia Drive system.

Franchi Intensity Shotgun For Your Waterfowling Needs

The Franchi Intensity is an Italian-designed shotgun which is light and slim for a 12-gauge gun. I recently had the chance to use this beauty in the field for waterfowling and I enjoyed shooting this semi-automatic gun a lot. With its Inertia Driven system, this beauty is definitely reliable and has a quite impressive cycling speed. Scroll on to get to know more about this shotgun.


Gun Info

Manufactured by an Italian manufacturer, Franchi, the Intensity shotgun can give you the confidence to shoot birds left and right. Versatile and reliable, this semi-auto shotgun comes in either the standard “L” grade or the fancy “LS” grade receiver, with case-colored or chromed feature respectively.

Gun Specs

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The Franchi Intensity includes a shim kit just like most of autoloaders nowadays. The shims have labels Z, A, B, C, and D, arranged in a descending manner of drop. The shotguns coming fresh from the factory are installed with the RB shim.

  • Gauge: 12-ga
  • Chamber: 2-3/4″, 3″ and 3-1/2″
  • Stock: Black Synthetic, Realtree Max-5, or Mossy Oak Bottomland
  • Overall Length: 49.5”
  • Barrel Length: 28”
  • Average Weight: 7 lbs.
  • Capacity: 4+1
  • Chokes: IC, Modified, and Full

Ease of Use and Performance

With the thin grip and huge trigger guard, you can comfortably wear gloves while shooting this beauty. The placement of the safety behind the trigger is just where I would want it.

The Franchi Intensity has a thick and durable butt pad for protecting your shoulders from the recoil. While this beauty has a steel receiver, it still is light to carry, making this semi-automatic shotgun easier to handle.

Pros and Cons

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  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Versatile
  • Thin grip and huge trigger guard
  • Safety placed behind the trigger


  • Changing shims can be a bit tricky


Overall Verdict and Price

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The Franchi Intensity’s price ranges from $900 to $1500. This beauty is like the Affinity’s big brother, with a rather conventional design. Overall, this semi-automatic shotgun is truly exceptional for its very modest price.


Take a closer look at the Franchi Intensity by watching this short video:

If you’re into waterfowling and have the need to bag the birds easily, the Franchi Intensity might just be your go-to shotgun. It definitely was a joy when I shot this beauty in the field. I’d recommend you to try this out and see for yourself.

Do you own a Franchi Instinct? What do you like best about this shotgun? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

If you want to know more about guns, check out this post about the Franchi Instinct L!

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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in August 2015 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.


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