This is a very nice shotgun and the second Benelli I have owned. My first was an M2 Field in 20 gauge. Very light weight gun with almost no discernible recoil. I wanted a 12 gauge for duck hunting so I decided to try the Vinci since it was touted as an even lighter recoiling gun than the M2 and the reviews were good.
The Good: I have not fired an M2 in 12 gauge so I can't tell if the Vinci has less recoil or not, but it is very tolerable with 2.75 inch loads. I have rotator cuff issues so a light recoiling gun is important to me.
The Bad: Benelli also touts this gun as the "easiest to assemble." This is absolutely NOT true. When I got the gun it was late on a Friday and I could not get it assembled and Benelli was already closed for the day. When I called them the following Monday, they told me to use a rubber or plastic hammer to push the bolt module into position, which you are supposed to be able to install with your thumbs. I also had to put the stock between my knees to be able to turn the barrel to lock it on.
The Benelli plastic case while well built, is a really odd shape and design that does not secure the parts very well. I leave my gun assembled and store it in my safe and take it to the range in a canvas case.
I would rate the M2 as an easier Benelli to assemble. Overall, I would say this is a very nice shotgun with a great feel to it. The Realtree finish is very nicely done. The weight and balance are very good. I handed this shotgun to my wife the first day I took it to the trap range and she hit 4 out of 5 clays on her first try. Maybe assembly will get easier with time, but don't expect this to be easy to assemble out of the case...