The Benelli Super Black Eagle series has been a legend among waterfowlers for over 30 years, serving as the "gold standard" in quality and shootability, but the waterfowl wizards at Benelli refuse to stop making magic. Now in its third carefully considered generation, Benelli is introducing a new gauge for the Super Black Eagle 3, just in time for SHOT Show 2022: eight new 3-inch chambered, 28-gauge SBE 3 models. Appealing to shotgun purists as well as new shooters and hunters, the Super Black Eagle 3 28-inch scatterguns are sure to please.
These all-new Benelli Super Black Eagle 3 models answer the growing call of shooters who hunt flooded timber in the southern regions as well as the beaver dams and cattails of the north, where tight quarters favor the sub-gauge. And with more hunters seeking smaller-gauge shotguns, the new SBE 3 28-gauge 3-inch models fit the needs of waterfowlers looking for greater challenges with a scaled-to-suit gun. the 28-gauge SBE 3s weigh modest 5.5 and 5.6 pounds, respectively, with 47.5- and 49.5-inch overall lengths.
The SBE 3 28-gauge is engineered to work with 3-inch shells, such as the new class of 3-inch loads designed to maximize the subgauge's reach, but hunters can also use standard 2 ¾-inch shotshells if they please. It comes in a custom-fitted hard case with a brace of Crio choke tubes—IC and M extended tubes and C, IM, and F flush tubes—plus a choke wrench and shim kit for drop and cast adjustment.
Additional features include an upsized bolt handle, enlarged bolt release and oversized safety for easy operation when wearing gloves. A carbon-fiber rib ends in a fiber-optic red-bar front sight for enhanced visibility in low light hunting conditions. With its clean and consistent Inertia Drive System, refined operation and integrated Comfort Tech 3 recoil reduction system, Benelli's SBE 3 joins the 28-gauge renaissance.
Each of the eight models is differentiated by barrel length and stock finish. Available stocks include synthetic, Realtree Max-5, Realtree Timber, GORE OPTIFADE and Mossy Oak Bottomland. MSRP $1,799-$1,899; BenelliUSA.com.