Old Gauge, Modern Chamber
It’s a new era for the 28-gauge shotgun
It’s rare that something so innovative enters the shooting world that you can’t ignore it, but when Benelli USA stretched out the 28-gauge shotshell from its traditional 2 ¾-inch length to a full 3 inches, I noticed. While most other shotgun gauges had long been lengthened to 3 inches—some even to 3 ½ inches—for unknown reasons, the 28-gauge remained stagnant at 2 ¾ inches, until now. Enter Benelli’s Ethos semi-automatic 3-inch-chambered shotgun.
A shotgun cannot be rechambered to a new shell length without first considering where the ammunition will come from. Until 2016, 3-inch 28-gauge shotshells didn’t exist. To address that concern, Benelli and Italian ammunition manufacturer Fiocchi made an agreement: Benelli would produce the Ethos semi-automatic 28-gauge shotgun with a 3-inch chamber, and Fiocchi would produce 3-inch shotshells for it. The resulting package brought the little 28-gauge boldly into the 21st century.
Fiocchi’s roots date back to 1876 when it began manufacturing muskets in Lecco, Italy. However, due to financial strife within that market about a year later, they began producing and marketing hunting and sporting ammunition. More recently, Fiocchi has expanded those operations to include factories in Hungary, Great Britain and the U.S., offering a broad ammunition selection.
Benelli’s Ethos Shotgun
Benelli has been producing its semi-automatic Ethos shotguns for a few years, offering them in both 12- and 20-gauge configurations. The Ethos has been a very successful shotgun design for Benelli, and a very popular choice for shooters and hunters, largely due to its simplistic design, light weight and overall attractiveness. By expanding the line to include not only the 28 gauge, but also the new-and-improved 3-inch version, this fine shotgun and the 28 gauge in general have a new appeal.
“… the new-andimproved 3-inch version … adds new appeal to this fine shotgun and the 28 gauge in general.”
The new Benelli Ethos 3-inch 28-gauge is an impressive, high-quality firearm that any shooter can proudly own. PHOTO COURTESY OF BENELLI USA The Benelli Ethos’ walnut stock is attractively and professionally checkered. PHOTO BY THOMAS C. TABOR