BENELLI INERTIA-DRIVEN SHOTGUNS
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)