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help...semi-auto woes ... now I have a expensive single shot

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I bought a American Arms ,Luigi Franchi , Black Magic 20Ga about ten years ago. It is a fun little gun and at 4.6 lbs it is easy to hunt with it all day. Prior to this gun I had a really old 12Ga pump that felt like an anvil at the end of the day.Switching to the 20Ga was a trade off , overall weight -vs- the 12Ga killing power. Needless to say, I put a lot rounds through that gun the first year just trying to improve accuracy.After about 500 rounds I could shoot a pretty consistant 23 out of 25 and runnin bunnies were usually in deep deep trouble... Now I dont hunt much, but killin clay birds is still fun and it fits my schedule better . Since that time Ive put another 1000 rounds on . When it was new it rarley ever dropped a round and then usually that was my fault by not shouldering tight. As time passed though it started dropping more and more until recently it has stopped ejecting altogether. Cleaning has never been an issue ( I think )
The thing comes apart without tools only takes about 10 minutes to clean.
As many times as Ive had this thing apart ( especially Lately )
I cant see anything that would cause the problem.

Has Anybody else had this problem ?

Is there a link to an exploded view ?

Where is the Gas tube ?

Which way does that bushing really go ?
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You should be able to find a parts diagram and parts list for your version of the gun here

What do you mean by "drop" a round? "Fail to eject" I understand, but what is "drop"?

I am not familiar with the Franchi, but I know from experience with a Beretta that failure to eject is often caused by plugged gas ports. In that case, the bolt pulls the hull out or partly out of the chamber, but doesn't throw it clear out of the ejection port. The ports need to be cleaned thoroughly using a probe that is close to the diameter of the port. For a Beretta 391, I have found that a 1/8" drill bit (held in my fingers) will ream out the carbon without cutting into the metal. Your gun may have ports of a different diameter.

If the bolt of your gun opens but doesn't pull the hull out of the chamber, that is a different problem, probably a worn or broken extractor.
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Sorry 'bout that. I've never used a recoil or short-recoil shotgun, so I was fooled into thinking it was gas operated when I looked at the parts diagram and saw a piston and what looked like a gas cylinder attached to the barrel.
Wait a minute! I just found a reference that says the Franchi Black Magic is gas operated, not long-recoil!

This dates from 1990: American Arms has brought the entire Franchi line under its umbrella and is now Franchi's sole U.S. importer. In addition to the already popular Black Magic line of gas-operated, semi-automatic shotguns, American also has ...

So, which kind of gun is this????????????
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