New For 2023: Franchi USA Instinct Sideplate 16- and 28-Ga. Shotguns

posted on January 20, 2023
Franchi Instinct Sideplate

Launched in 2022, Franchi’s Instinct Sideplate over-under shotguns, in 12- and 20-gauge, were an instant success with seasoned upland hunters. For 2023, Franchi announced it has spiced up its Sideplate lineup by adding a pair of new sub-gauge models to the family—the Instinct Sideplate 16-Gauge and Instinct Sideplate 28-Gauge.

Franchi’s Sideplate shotguns take shooters back to the beginnings when European gunsmiths designed firearms to capture the eye and imagination while providing a second-to-none shooting experience. Showcasing handsome AA-Grade walnut, engraving throughout with gold inlay, and deep-blued 28” barrels, Franchi’s latest duo promises remarkable handling and, when shouldered, a balance even veteran over-under shooters will appreciate.

The receiver is color-casehardened steel featuring attractive engraving with gold inlay to match the gold-plated trigger. The Prince of Wales stock and Schnabel fore-end are AA-grade walnut with checkering to ensure a firm grip. A red fiber-optic front bar on the ventilated rib atop handsome 28" glossy blued barrels lets you get on target quickly. The new Instinct Sideplate shotguns in 16- and 28-gauge come chambered in 2 ¾” and 3”, respectively. Each gun comes with auto ejectors, barrel selectors, auto safety, extended choke tubes and a custom hard case.

Suggested retail for the new Franchi USA Instinct Sideplate model are $2,399. For more details, visit



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