Franchi’s Instinct Sideplate O/U 12- and 20-Gauge models were an instant success with seasoned upland hunters. For 2023, Franchi sweetens the Sideplate lineup by adding a pair of new sub-gauge models to the family — the Instinct Sideplate 16-Gauge and Instinct Sideplate 28-Gauge.

Franchi’s Sideplate-style shotguns take shooters back to when European gunsmiths designed firearms to capture the eye and imagination while providing a second-to-none shooting experience. Showcasing sleek lines, lustrous AA-Grade walnut, gold inlaid game scenes, and blued barrels, this new duo promises remarkable handling and, when shouldered, a balance even veteran O/U shooter will appreciate.

The new Instinct Sideplate shotguns in 16- and 28-gauge come chambered in 2 ¾ and 3 inches. Each gun comes with auto ejectors, barrel selectors, auto safety, C, IC, M, IM, and F extended chokes, and a custom-fitted hard case for safe transport to and from the field.

Instinct Sideplate O/U Shotgun Specifications


  • Gauge/Chamber Length: 16-gauge, 2 ¾- and 3-in.; 28-gauge, 2 ¾- and 3-in.
  • Barrel Length: 28 in.
  • Chokes: Extended C, IC, M, IM, F, and wrench
  • Sight: red fiber-optic front bar
  • Stock/Forend: AA-Grade walnut; Prince of Wales grip, Schnabel forend
  • Length-of-Pull: 14 ¼ in.
  • Drop at Heel: 2 in.
  • Drop at Comb: 1 ½ in.
  • Overall Length: 46 ¼ in.
  • Average Weight: 16-gauge, 6.7 lbs.; 28-gauge, 6.1 pounds
  • MSRP: $2,399


For more information on the new Instinct Sideplate O/U shotguns by Franchi, visit

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