Featuring an ergonomic fit and optimum precision equipped with its reliable operations and handling, there’s no doubt the Franchi Affinity 3 Waterfowler Elite shotgun is waterfowlers’ weapon of choice.

A Versatile Waterfowl Shotgun

Right off the bat, the Franchi Affinity 3 and 3.5 Waterfowl Elite features an Intertia Driven operating system that could instinctively shoot down various game birds at speed thanks to its flawless 2 3/4- and 3-inch shell cycle. And as the name suggests, it’s specially designed as a waterfowl shotgun.

It is a fast-handling, lightweight, easy-swinging semi-auto that offers a sleek profile, slim forends, and integrated style that a waterfowler can depend on in an all-day, all-weather use—promising a next-level shooting game for an MSRP of $1,279.

Franchi ensures that both 3 and 3.5 Waterfowl Elite versions provide optimal comfort in any shooting position through its evolved Ergonom-X and enhanced fiber-optic sights that allow hunters to target fast in low light. Stocks are adjustable, too, according to the fit preference of the handler. Not to mention its TSA recoil pads can reduce the felt recoil even when using magnum loads. In addition, hunting amid cold weather has never been better with the Waterfowl Elite version because Franchi increased the model’s operators, allowing hunters to use the gun easily, even with gloves on.

Technical Specifications for the 12-Gauge:

  • Action: Semi-auto shotgun
  • Barrel Length: 28-inch
  • Size: Standard
  • Overall Length: 50 inch
  • Average Weight: 6.9 lbs (3.1 kg)
  • Magazine Capacity: 4+1
  • Chokes: IC, M, F, and wrench
  • Sights: Red fiber-optic front bar
  • Length-of-Pull: 14-3/8 inch
  • Drop at Heel: 2- to 2-1/2 inch (adjustable)
  • Drop at Comb: 1-1/2 inch
  • Minimum Recommended load: 3-dram, 1-1/8 ounce; 20-Gauge: 7/8-ounce, 1200 FPS.

Since its founding in 1868, Italian gunmaker Franchi gained prominence with civilian and military arms. But Franchi’s shotgun particularly gained popularity among American hunters, primarily quail hunters, who dote on its featherlight weight and adjustable features. Aside from the Waterfowl Elite, the Affinity line also offers a Catalyst model designed for women and a dedicated version for turkey hunters.

A Waterfowler’s Favorite

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Affinity 3 Waterfowl Elite has an oversized bolt release and an oversized charging handle, which other Affinity shotguns don’t have. (Screenshot from Reeds Family Outdoor Outfitters/YouTube)

In a Field and Stream review, they’ve compared the performance of the Affinity Waterfowl Elite with a Benelli shotgun, which both work under the inertia principle that is light, simple, clean yet fast, reliable, and strong. This makes it an ultimately balanced shotgun.