Review: Benelli Ethos 28 Gauge


The Ethos is one of Benelli’s more recent creations and serves as a retort to those who thought that the Vinci represented a pivot to a future of largely plastic construction. It uses the two-part receiver familiar from guns like the Legacy and SuperSport. This combines a silver-anodized aluminum lower receiver with a black-anodized upper tube, in contrast to guns like the M2 and Montefeltro that use a one-piece aluminum receiver.

Each style has its supporters and detractors, but debating the merits of each is like arguing how many angels can dance on the head of a pin; both styles work just fine, and the difference is mainly in looks. The Ethos goes all the way in the modernist idiom, with a semi-triangular triggerguard whose shape is echoed in the line between polished and scrolled panels in the receiver. The junction between the lower receiver and upper tube is

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