My friend is considering getting the Franchi 702 for his daughter.
I bought my wife the Beretta Urika youth model, and she has been very happy with it. The price went up on the Urika II and is difficult to get (currently on back-order). The gun is a great gun, and I bought it over the Franchi 702 because of reports of mechanical difficulties.
Looking at the price difference now, I am recommending that he look at the Franchi. The light weight and the reduced recoil of gas operation with the LOP at 12.5" are all great features for a youth or woman's model gun. But the question is, how does it function and recoil compared to the Beretta? And how difficult is it to get parts if the gun breaks during the season?
How does the reliability, ease of getting parts, and overall quality of the gun compare to the Beretta 391???? Would anyone prefer the Franchi over the Beretta at the same price?