A dozen other writers and I put several hundred rounds through Browning’s latest creation and only one jam was reported. Considering we shot prototypes that were still being fine-tuned, that is a very impressive statistic.
The Maxus weighs under seven pounds, so it's easily carried. The gun is so light, though, I feared its handling characteristics would suffer. I'd still prefer a tad more heft, but the Maxus handled without most of the choppiness and lack of balance that tend to accompany light guns. Recoil was also far softer than I expected based on weight.
Guns will initially be offered in 12 gauge with a matte black or camo finish and composite stocks. The receiver is composed of an aluminum alloy. Barrels will be available in 26 or 28 inches. Suggested retail is $1,199-$1,499.
The Maxus’ gas-regulation system will be familiar to owners of the Browning Gold and Winchester Super X. Like its predecessor, the “Power Drive Gas System” is easily cleaned and reliable with light and stout loads. The new piston is smartly improved, however, with larger exhaust ports to expel the gas of heavy loads and a 20-percent longer stroke for better reliability with light loads.