As the company promised, its newest autoloader looked a lot like "old" Winchester, with machined steel and nicely finished wood with cut (not impressed) checkering. There was even some reminiscence of the immortal M12 pump gun, which Winchester confessed was intended, so as to recapture the flavor of classic Winchester. The new shotgun also benefited from some solid engineering, particularly in its gas-powered operation. Unlike many existing gas-operated systems, which can be likened to a pump gun with a gas-powered piston driving the mechanism, the Super-X had an unconnected gas "piston" that traveled only far enough to set the bolt into motion, after which the remaining sequences of the opening-ejection cycle were energized by momentum. Further, rather than the bolt locking into the receiver (ÃƒÂ la the M12), the Super-X's two-section bolt locked directly into the barrel-an elegant piece of engineering. What wasn't to like about the Super-X was its 8½-pound heft, which the Winchester people tried to avoid discussing but was generally considered the price you had to pay for the gun's all-steel construction. The gathered writers were as one in recommending that a squiggly rolled-on decoration on the receiver cheapened the gun's appearance and should be eliminated. Winchester failed to do this, but another of our recommendations that was incorporated into the gun (a hand-rubbed finish instead of its original glossy finish) turned out to be a disaster and was later abandoned.