Not content with just making its baby available in 28-gauge, though, Benelli upped the ante a bit. A partnership with Fiocchi has yielded the introduction of the industry's first 3-inch, 28-gauge load. Engineers say that the 3-inch shotshell can achieve the same velocity as a standard 2 3/4-inch, 28-gauge load but with a quarter-ounce more shot. The result is a 25 percent increase in knockdown power and 20 percent more pellets on target at 35 yards.
Like all ETHOS shotguns, the new 5.3-pound 28-gauge model features a carbon fiber rib to reduce overall weight, red front sights and an anti-seize magazine cap to prevent binding in foul weather or dusty conditions.
• Gauge: 28 • Chamber: 2-3/4 and 3 inch • Action: Semi-auto • Barrel Length: 26 inches • Capacity: 2+1 • Crio Chokes: C, IC, M, IM and F • Sights: Red fiber-optic front sight; metal bead mid sight • Length of Pull: 14-3/8 inches • Drop at Heel: 2-1/2 inches • Drop at Comb: 1-1/2 inches • Overall Length: 47 inches • Stock: AA-Grade satin walnut • Finish: Black anodized or engraved nickel-plated receiver with gloss blue barrel • Weight: 5.3 pounds. • MSRP: $2,199