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In the 1960s, Ital­ian mo­tor­cy­cle man­u­fac­turer Benelli be­gan pro­duc­ing shot­guns in Urbino, Italy. That’s noth­ing new, be­cause Italy is the home of shot­gun de­sign. What was rev­o­lu­tion­ary about that gun, how­ever, was Benelli’s sleek In­er­tia-Driven de­sign, which ditched the pop­u­lar gas-op­er­ated sys­tems found in most shot­guns in fa­vor of some­thing lighter and more ef­fi­cient.

There have been other semi­auto shot­guns man­u­fac­tured be­fore that didn’t use gas—chief among them, the Brown­ing A5—but the sim­plic­ity and dura­bil­ity of the Benelli sys­tem were un­matched.

To­day, other man­u­fac­tur­ers have joined Benelli in pro­duc­ing in­er­tia guns, and hunters and shoot­ers have learned to ap­pre­ci­ate the de­sign Benelli says can go 500,000-plus rounds.

The Benelli In­er­ti­aDriven sys­tem came out in the 1960s. It has proven to be one of the most re­li­able semi­auto de­signs ever. The new Su­per Black Ea­gle 3 shot­gun is the lat­est Benelli to uti­lize the op­er­at­ing sys­tem. (Photo: Benelli)

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