Benelli produces world-class shotguns that serve and protect todays’ Military and Law Enforcement officers.
A highly reputable manufacturer and market leader of tactical shotguns, Benelli has introduced numerous milestones in the military light-weapons industry including the M4, M3 and Nova. Benelli is also internationally renowned for the first-ever introduction of the inertia system, featured in the semi-auto dual purposes M3 and in the M2. Recognized as a leader in new technologies, Benelli patented the A.R.G.O. system (Auto Regulating Gas Operated), a revolutionary self-regulating and self-cleaning gas operated system with rotating bolt head lock, that guarantees unparalleled performance. Thanks to this innovative technology, Benelli secured the contract for equipping the U.S. Marine Corps with the M4 tactical shotgun in 1998, and has since become the official service combat shotgun of the UN Blue Helmets as well. The A.R.G.O. System is currently featured in the entire M4 family and also on the brand new MR1 rifle, adopted by police and LE patrols worldwide. Benelli products are used by armed forces and law enforcement agencies throughout the world, and Benelli combat shotguns have seen active service in nearly all the major conflicts in the last 10 years, in the hands of some of the most prestigious end users.
In 1911 Teresa Benelli invested in her 6 sons to begin an auto service company. Eventually their services expanded to include servicing motorcycles and even building their own. In 1967 they acted on their love of hunting as well as their belief in the semi-auto shotgun by developing firearms. They did this by teaming up with Bruno Civolani the developer of a revolutionary new action and patenting the “Inertia Driven” mechanism.
Many Benelli shotguns utilize a unique inertia operating system developed by Bruno Civolani. In 1999 Benelli introduced the Benelli M4 Super 90, an unusual gas operated semi-automatic shotgun intended for military and law enforcement use.
The Benelli Super Black Eagle, a favorite of waterfowlers, was one of the first semi-automatic shotguns capable of firing the 2.75, 3, and 3.5 inch shotgun shells. The Benelli Nova (pump action), M1 Super 90, and a customized M2 Field were used by Tom Knapp during his shooting exhibitions wherein he frequently shot down several hand-thrown clay targets while still in mid-air, setting a world record in October 2004 when he destroyed 10 such targets with 10 shots in 2.0 seconds, with all the targets still airborne.
Benelli Armi SpA is an Italian firearm manufacturer founded in 1967, located in Urbino, Italy, best known for shotguns used by military, law enforcement and civilians all over the world. Particularly famous is the Benelli M3 12 gauge, used extensively by American SWAT teams. Benelli Armi was founded in 1967 as an offshoot of the Benelli motorcycle factory that sold motorcycles through Montgomery Ward. Benelli and Benelli USA have been owned by Pietro Beretta SpA since 2000.