Benelli Boosts SBE 3 BE.S.T. Line with New 28-Gauge Models
January 23, 2023

January 2023, Accokeek, MD — Benelli’s Super Black Eagle shotgun lineup needs no introduction. These Inertia Driven sky wreckers have been a favorite of waterfowlers since the model's launch in 1993. Three decades later, the SBE is still the best-performing semi-auto shotgun on the market. For 2023, Benelli broadens the SBE 3 line by adding two new models in 28-gauge.

The sub-gauge craze is running hot, with more hunters choosing the reduced recoil, lighter weight, enhanced maneuverability, and the challenge of taking to the fields and marshes with small-bore shotguns. Weighing between 5.5 and 5.6 pounds (depending on barrel length) and fitted with a low-profile black carbon fiber barrel rib, Benelli’s SBE 3 BE.S.T. 28-gauge shotguns satisfy those performance parameters and are destined to dominate the sub-gauge scene.

Benelli’s field-proven BE.S.T. (Benelli Surface Treatment) is a hybrid Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) and Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD) coating that provides second-to-none protection against corrosion and abrasion. That is a must for sub-gauge fans hunting in the rough stuff, such as tight, flooded timber, northern swamps, and beaver ponds. Combine BE.S.T. with features like the Crio® flush and extended choke tubes, Crio®-treated barrels, the ComforTech™ 3 recoil mitigating stock, and the energy absorbing CombTech cheek piece, and shooters get a shotgun loaded with Benelli’s very best technologies.

The new SBE 3 BE.S.T. in 28-gauge is available in black synthetic and comes with a shim kit and hard protective case that is custom fitted to protect the gun during transport.

Benelli Super Black Eagle 3 BE.S.T. 28-Gauge Specifications

Chamber: 28-gauge (2 3/4- and 3-inch)

Barrel Length: 26 in., 28 in.

Overall Length: 26-in. barrel, 47.5 in.; 28-in. barrel, 49.5 in.

Average Weight: 5.5 pounds, 26-in. barrel; 5.6 pounds, 28-in. barrel

Magazine Capacity: 2+1

Sight: red-bar front sight

Length of Pull: 14 3/8 in.

Drop at Heel: 2 1/8 in.

Drop at Comb: 1 3/8 in.

Choke Tubes: Crio™ extended chokes C, IM, F; flush chokes C, IM, F

Finish: Black Synthetic

MSRP: $2,099

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About Benelli

Benelli, headquartered in Accokeek, Maryland, offers the largest selection of semi-automatic shotguns in the world, as well as a variety of rifles. Since the company’s inception, Benelli has led the world in innovative firearm technology, including the ground-breaking Benelli Inertia Driven system, effective Comfort Tech recoil-reduction systems, and the BE.S.T. anti-corrosion coatings. Because of this commitment to innovation, they are recognized as the world’s leading manufacturer of premium firearms for competitive shooters, hunters, and defense professionals.

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