First Look: Franchi Instinct Sideplate

posted on January 26, 2022
Franchi Instinct Sideplate Lead

For 2022, Franchi has announced its first sideplate-style over/under: the Instinct Sideplate, adding another distinctive model to its venerable lineup of Instinct shotguns.

Franchi Instinct Sideplate Receiver

The over/under sets itself apart with an elegantly engraved, color-case-hardened sideplate-style steel receiver—a nod to Franchi’s Italian craftsmanship heritage. Distinctly American gamebirds are inlaid in gold on both sides of the traditionally floral engraved receiver, providing classical accents to the gold-plated trigger and complementing the rich AA-grade satin-finish walnut stock featuring a Prince of Wales grip and Schnabel fore-end.

Franchi Instinct Sideplate Price of Wales Grip

The new Instinct Sideplate shotguns are available in 12- and 20-gauge chambered in 2 ¾- and 3-inch. Each gun comes with C, IC, M, IM and F extended black choke tubes and a custom-fitted hard-sided case.

Technical Specifications
Gauge/Chamber Length: 12-gauge, 2 ¾" and 3"; 20-gauge, 2 ¾" and 3"
Barrel Length: 28"
Chokes: Extended C, IC, M, IM, F, and wrench
Sight: red fiber-optic front bar
Stock/Fore-end: AA-grade walnut; Prince of Wales grip, Schnabel fore-end
Length of Pull: 14¼"
Drop at Heel: 2"
Drop at Comb: 1½"
MSRP: $2,229

Franchi Instinct Sideplate Over Under Shotgun

For more information on the new Instinct Sideplate over/under, visit


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