|Bruno Civolani (inventor of the inertia-driven system)|
|Products||Shotguns, rifles and pistols|
|Website||benelli.it (international), benelliusa.com (USA)|
Benelli Armi SpA is an Italian firearm manufacturer best known for shotguns used by military, law enforcement and civilians, located in Urbino, Marche. Founded in 1967 as an offshoot of the Benelli motorcycle factory that sold motorcycles through Montgomery Ward, Benelli produces the 12-gauge Benelli M3 used by American SWAT teams. Benelli and Benelli USA have been owned by Pietro Beretta SpA since 2000.
In 1911 Teresa Benelli invested in her 6 sons to begin an auto service company. Eventually their services expanded to include servicing motorcycles and even building their own. In 1967 they acted on their love of hunting by developing firearms, as well as their belief in the semi-automatic shotgun. They did this by teaming up with Bruno Civolani, the developer of a new patenting design of the "Inertia Driven" mechanism.
Many Benelli shotguns utilize an inertia-operated system developed by Bruno Civolani. In 1999, Benelli introduced the Benelli M4 Super 90, a gas-operated semi-auto shotgun intended for military and law enforcement.