Review of Holt Bodinson article on Maxus.
Release Date: 3/20/2009
Guns Magazine, February 2009 Issue.
Article Review on “Browning Maxus”
by Holt Bodinson, Guns Magazine
February, 2009 issue.
"It’s a 21st Century gun, and the most refined autoloader I’ve ever carried afield.”
Another fine article on the Browning Maxus appeared in the February 2008 issue of Guns Magazine, by Holt Bodinson. Bodinson "exposed" the Maxus to the wet, dirty, cold marsh at Alberta’s Dog ‘N’ Duck Outfitters.
He quickly noticed the very different front end of the forearm where the magazine cap should be, then tried out the new latch, which took the cap’s place. "First, the traditional semi-auto fore-end cap is missing. In its place is a recessed latch. It's niether an Anson nor a Deeley latch. The completely new Browning design also doubles as a means of securing a front sling swivel. You simply flip up the latch and lift the fore-end off. Whereas most semi-auto fore-ends are a bit loose or loosen up in time, Browning cleverly fitted the inside of the fore-end with a coil spring to push the fore-end against the body of the frame and also tensions the latch."
"I could not determine whether I was shooting the heaviest or the lightest load in the gun, and never felt that way about any other autoloader."
He commented on the striking swept- back lines of the forearm, the rounded knob and the gripping panels with Dura-Touch® Armor Coating. He said, “The Maxus fore-end might appear a bit ultra-modern for a traditionalist, but it fits like a glove and provides the proper hand-to-barrel relationship essential for good shotgunning.”
The beefed up valve and gas system (called the Power Drive system) on the Maxus does wonders for heavy loads, recoil and reliability. Bodinson was shooting all three types of loads, 3” and 3 1/2” Magnums and 2 3/4” mixed. He noticed "I could not determine whether I was shooting the heaviest or the lightest load in the gun, and never felt that way about any other autoloader."
Not only does the new Power Drive system work softly and well, Bodinson commented, "Another feature of the new Maxus valve system is as the valve cycles up and down the profiled and grooved magazine tube, carbon build-up is sheared off and expelled with the excess vented gas. In fact, I would rate the Power Drive system of the Maxus as the cleanest gas system currently available." A cleaner gun stays functioning longer, shot after shot, season after season.
Bodinson noticed the features of the new trigger. He said, "The trigger of the Maxus really received some attention from Browning's engineers. It's light and the resulting lock time is ultra fast. Interestingly, Browning eliminated the firing pin spring in the new Maxus. Browning considered it just another part that could break. The new pin is safely blocked until the gun is fully locked."
|". . . the most refined autoloader I’ve ever carried afield.”
Bodinson summed up his experience with the new shotgun saying, “Weighing only 6 pounds, 15 ounces, with a 28” barrel, the Maxus is a dynamic autoloader in your hands while being designed to moderate felt recoil to a unique degree. It’s a 21st Century gun, and the most refined autoloader I’ve ever carried afield.”
(Read the entire story in Guns Magazine, February, 2009 issue. For subscription information go to: http://www.gunsmagazine.com/)