Let me share my most memorable Franchi experience.
Back when I was doing a lot of coaching, I had a new student show up with a Franchi 20 gauge semi-auto.
He was not a very big guy, and I noticed that when he shot, the guns recoil was really rocking him. When I ask him to tell me a little about the gun, he said it was a "field" gun and was pretty light. Weighed in at well under 6 lbs.
I asked him if he minded if I shot it, and when he gave it to me, I was shocked at how light it was.
He gave me a couple of shells and told him to pull me a few targets. Now, these were Winchester Super Speed shells, which can be pretty obnoxious when it comes to recoil anyway.
When I called for a target and pulled the trigger, for a second, I actually thought something catastrophic had happened such as some type of explosion or serious gun failure! After gathering my senses, and inspecting the gun, I realized that it just had that much recoil.
I know he saw the shock on my face, and when I handed it back to him after one shot (that was definitely enough for me), he asked if everything was alright. I told him if he was serious about clay target sports, it would be as soon as he got rid of that gun.
Honestly, it was the most vicious recoil I have experienced shooting a shotgun at clay targets!
Good Luck and Good Shooting!