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Benelli Super Black Eagle 3 28-Gauge Wins NRA Golden Bullseye Award

Media Contact: Kim Cahalan, [email protected] | January 13, 2023
Benelli BE.S.T. SBE 3 28 gauge Black Synthetic

Accokeek, MD – The sub-gauge shotgun category has undergone a renaissance in the last year and Benelli's Super Black Eagle 3 has led the charge with its standout SBE 3 28-gauge. Consumers and the firearms media alike have responded with high praise for this new entry into the sub-gauge segment, and now the SBE 3 28-gauge has been awarded the 2023 American Rifleman Shotgun of the Year Award. This recognition follows Guns & Ammo magazine declaring the SBE 3 28-gauge the Shotgun of the Year in the 2022 Guns & Ammo of the Year Awards.

The Super Black Eagle 3 series represents the apex in semi-auto shotgun design. With its Inertia Driven™ operating system that cleanly and flawlessly cycles all shotgun loads, ergonomic design and customizing options to fit any shooter, and rugged construction and finish that withstands the harshest conditions, the SBE 3 extends its legendary performance into the 28-gauge realm to the delight of upland and waterfowl enthusiasts across the country.

"We are honored that the NRA Publications committee selected the SBE 3 28-gauge for the distinguished 2023 American Rifleman Shotgun of the Year award," said Tom DeBolt, Benelli General Manager. "Since its introduction, this shotgun has satisfied a heretofore unmet desire among bird and small-game hunters for a lightweight, fast-handling, and, most importantly, an easy-shooting shotgun to match the sophisticated loads now being offered in 28-gauge. We sincerely appreciate this recognition by the experienced shooters and hunters who make up the NRA Publications committee, and the tremendous response by Benelli Super Black Eagle-series fans for this exciting new entry into our lineup. The NRA Publications Golden Bullseye Award is a highwater mark for any manufacturer and testifies to the quality and performance of this and every model in our SBE 3 series."

Winners of the NRA Publications Golden Bullseye Awards are chosen each year by a seven-member committee comprising editors, graphic designers, and veteran NRA Publications staff. Qualifications for awarded products include, among other benchmarks: reliability in the field that meets or exceeds evaluator expectations, design and function innovation, and readily perceived consumer value.

For more information on the Super Black Eagle 3 in 28-gauge, please visit

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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