|As soon as I saw the listing for this shotgun and zoomed in on the bolt, I knew there was something familiar. I checked one of my J C Higgins pumps. Sure enough, The RIA M5 is a High Standard clone! The proof was at my local dealer when I raised the muzzle, hit the action release, and gravity did the rest. Opened and closed by gravity alone- It is THAT smooth.
The matte nickel finish is evenly applied and looks good with the black stocks. The safety button is stiff to apply and unlock, so a southpaw like me won't inadvertently push it on when the finger enters the trigger guard from the left.
This is a steel shotgun and weighs more than a Mossberg or Ithaca, and that is a good thing if you plan to shoot more than carry. Nothing eats recoil more than a little well-balanced weight.
All the world needs now is an RIA M5 with a 28" vent-rib barrel and choke-tubes. I'd buy another one!|