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NAT’L – GUN NEWS – Why Benelli Shotguns Are Among the Best in the World (VIDEO)

Over the past five decades Benelli Armi SpA of Urbino has earned a reputation among hunters and target shooters alike and today it is hard to think of a semiautomatic shotgun without thinking of this Italian manufacturer. Italy is truly a land of contrasts—it is a land rich with history but has in fact only been a unified country for just less than 160 years. It is known for fine craftsmanship and engineering yet has a reputation of having a workforce that isn’t known for working all that hard. Its firearms industry has similar contrasts with Beretta being the oldest firearms maker in the world as well as one of the oldest companies in general. Yet, it was only after World War II that a new wave of firearms manufacturers entered the market and this included Benelli Armi SpA of Urbino. Founded only fifty-three years ago as an offshoot of the Benelli motorcycle factory, which had been among the oldest in Italy, Benelli has made a name for itself for a new category of firearms, namely semi-automatic shotguns. It was a product unlike anything Beretta had ever made.  The origin of the firearms maker actually goes back to 1911 when Teresa Benelli invested in the auto service company run by her six sons. It soon evolved into a fully-fledged manufacturer of motorcycles and today these remain popular with collectors. Nearly six decades after the founding of their business the brothers’ love of hunting took the company in a new direction and Benelli Armi was born.  At the time most shotgun manufacturers—including Beretta—produced firearms that were little changed from those developed nearly one hundred years earlier. The Benelli brothers weren’t only passionate hunters but were experienced engineers and they saw that the future of hunting shotguns lay with semiautomatic models.  [full article]

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