The numbers are counted and the votes are in. Benelli’s new Super Black Eagle 3 in 28 caliber is proclaimed “Shotgun of the Year” in 2022 weapons and ammunition Year Awards. The award was presented to Benelli by the editors, collaborators and staff of weapons and ammunition based on several criteria, including “possessing innovative features and engineering,” having “demonstrated quality and reliability to a degree that met or exceeded its design intent,” and offered “the highest overall availability and affordability to the largest audience.”
Based on growing interest from waterfowl hunters for smaller caliber shotguns that are lighter and faster to handle in tight spaces like flooded forests, and from upland hunters looking for greater challenges with a tailored platform , the 28-gauge SBE 3 answers the call. Twelve different models distinguished by barrel length and original finish comprise the SBE 3 line of 28-gauge shotguns.
child®Treated barrels in 26-inch and 28-inch lengths complete the cycle of standard 2-3/4″ shells, as well as the increasingly popular and powerful 3″ shells available from several major ammunition companies. The 28-caliber SBE 3 covers all adventures, from waterfowl and upland hunting to spring gobbler pursuits, and is ideal for taking advantage of the latest premium cartridge technology. Each weapon comes with Cryo® chokes on IC and M extended tubes as well as C, IM and F discharge tubes to ensure optimum downrange performance with changing firing conditions.
As part of the Super Black Eagle 3 family, the 28-gauge SBE 3 offers all of the core features that have made this platform the leader among the most demanding semi-automatic shotgun enthusiasts, starting with Benelli’s proven inertia-drive system. Capable of cycling all loads cleanly and reliably, the inertia-driven system is fast, lightweight and never requires adjustment. Additional features include the Comfort Tech 3 recoil reduction system, larger bolt handle, enlarged bolt release and safety for reliable operation when wearing gloves, adjustable drop and release for a custom fit, and a fiber front sight. optics for low-light hunting conditions. Consumers can choose from six standard finishes: Synthetic Black, Realtree® Max-5™, GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Marsh, GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Timber, Mossy Oak® Bottomland™ and A-Grade Satin Walnut.
“The Benelli Super Black Eagle 3 represents the pinnacle of semi-automatic sporting shotgun design thanks to its reliability, rugged all-weather performance and exceptional ergonomics,” said Tim Joseph, Vice President of Brand Marketing and Product Development at Benelli. “The new 28 caliber SBE 3 models now extend that same proven quality to the exciting, fast-growing lower caliber movement. Paired with the latest ammunition technology, the 28-Gauge SBE 3 presents new opportunities for hunters seeking a lighter, faster shotgun platform, as well as new challenges in the field. We are excited and honored that the weapons and ammunition staff selected the 28-caliber SBE 3 for 2022 weapons and ammunition Shotgun of the Year Award.
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Headquartered in Accokeek, Maryland, Benelli offers the world’s largest selection of semi-automatic shotguns, as well as a variety of rifles. Since the company’s inception, Benelli has led the world in innovative firearm technology, including the innovative Benelli Inertia Driven system, effective Comfort Tech recoil reduction systems and BE.ST anti-corrosion coatings. Because of this commitment to innovation, they are recognized as the world’s leading manufacturer of premium firearms for competitive shooters, hunters and defense professionals.