Before explaining how this revolution in recoil reduction works, let's look at the Benelli Super Sport from the inside out. When gas-operated shotguns appeared a half century ago, the event was hailed as the end of recoil-operated autoloaders-particularly the old Browning-type "long recoil" guns in which the barrel recoiled into the receiver, creating the distinct "double shuffle" effect that seems to magnify felt recoil. Thus, gas-operated systems that operated more smoothly and were cheaper to manufacture than spring-recoil guns became the design de rigueur. Until, that is, the recent introduction of recoil-operated shotguns in which the barrel is fixed, with only the bolt unlocking and cycling the mechanism. This system makes the Super Sport cycle so fast that the sensation is almost like shooting a solid-breech gun rather than the familiar ker-chunk feel of an autoloader cycling. This new feel, combined with Benelli's innovative ComfortTech stock, makes it the softest-kicking 12-gauge gun I've ever shot.