12ga Benelli Raffaello A.I. BE.S.T Limited Edition "500 Year Anniversary"


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Raffaello A.I. BE.S.T. Limited Edition in 12 gauge is the new Benelli limited series made of a thousand pieces and the only one equipped with the exclusive Benelli Advanced Impact Technology which maximizes the ballistic performance of the barrel and choke.

  • Engraving
  • The peculiar feature is the engraving, a real tribute to the hunting art. On the right-hand side of the receiver, made by rolling, we find a water landscape in which a Labrador is caught in a sculptural race as it enters the water towards a bunch of fleeing ducks. The Labrador, silent spectator at the angle of the incision, observes the scene as frozen outside of time. The left-hand side is the same figurative composition with a variation on the theme: the landscape depicted is rustic and the actors are a marvelous German gundog and golden pheasants. To complete the engraving we find a floral ornate all around the receiver, embellished with a few leaves in electrolytic gold with a buffer, and a collar with a decorative Renaissance-themed weave to close the composition before the stock. A semi-automatic shotgun that best represents the noble spirit of hunting. A harmony of forms synonymous with the uniqueness of the Benelli style.
  • Inertia Driven
  • Rigorous design, simple construction, easy maintenance and mechanical accuracy guarantee maximum durability and extreme reliability. The cleverness of the Benelli System lies in its rigorous design, simple construction and ease of maintenance. The fast, minimised operating movements combined with mechanical accuracy and essential construction ensure an unaltered working cycle that is perfect every time, maximum strength and utmost reliability.
  • Progressive Comfort
  • The innovative progressive recoil absorption system kicks in gradually according to cartridge and ammunition loading. This is the true essence of comfort, an invisible, yet highly sensitive system.
  • Benelli Advanced Impact
  •  Benelli Advanced Impact (Benelli A.I.) is not a simple brand-new barrel, it is a real patented system consisting of two inseparable elements that work together: barrel and choke. At the end of a long research and development work, what can be defined as the best internal profile to date has been identified to redesign the barrel-choke assembly and achieve performances never experienced before.
  • BE.S.T
  • BE.S.T. is an exclusive Benelli technology to guarantee maximum resistance to corrosion, abrasion, wear and the elements. BE.S.T. surface treatment uses cutting-edge hybrid technology, covered by trade secret. The coating has characteristics similar to those of a diamond when it comes to hardness, resistance and precious finish. BE.S.T. is completely eco-friendly, since the process used involves no dangerous emissions for the environment..
  • Crio System
  • In cryogenic technology, the first element you need to consider is the barrel. The expansion caused by friction heat and pressure is limited, so that the barrel can vibrate and expand evenly on firing. The pattern provided by a cryogenic barrel is wider, more regular and more uniform, with pattern centres that will not shift as you fire shot after shot, to the benefit of shooting accuracy. Cryogenic treatment also has positive effects on the life of the barrel, which is more resistant to wear and less susceptible to attack by combustion residues. Benelli was the first company to apply Cryogenic Treatment to the barrel and choke of a light firearm on an industrial scale in order to enhance its ballistic performance.
  • 1 in a 1,000
  • The Benelli Raffaello "Limited Edition 500 Year Anniversary" has only had 1000 firearms produced.


  • Calibre: 12 Gauge
  • Barrel Length: 711 mm / 28"
  • Chamber: 3" (76mm)
  • Overall Length: 968 mm / 38"
  • Choke System: A.I. (Advance Impact)
  • Sights: HI-VIZ
  • Magazine Capacity: 3 + 1 (76mm)
  • Magazine Type: Tubular
  • Stock: Grade IV, Walnut, Oil Finish
  • Safety: Crossbolt
  • Receiver Finish: Nickel-plated Ergal
  • Barrel Finish: Blued BE.S.T
  • Weight: 2.95 Kg 
  • Length of Pull: 365 mm


  • Technopolymer case 
  • Choke kit and key 
  • Drop variation kit 
  • Benoil bottle 
  • Operating and maintenance manual

The following firearm limited warranties are offered by Benelli which is proud to grant to its customers supplementary rights in addition to those provided by consumer protection law and by other laws applicable in the country of purchase of the firearm; these rights are granted in addition and without prejudice to the warranties provided for by the foregoing legislations:

  • 10-year Limited Warranty: Your new Benelli firearm is warranted for 10 years from date of purchase against any defect in materials or workmanship in the metal parts of your product (“10-year Warranty”).
  • BE.S.T. 25-year Limited Warranty: In addition, barrels and parts that are treated with the Benelli Surface Treatment (“BE.S.T.”) (available on specific models) are warranted against rust and corrosion for 25 years from date of purchase (“BE.S.T. Warranty”).
  • The 10-year Warranty and BE.S.T. Warranty are referred to collectively as the “Benelli Warranties.” The Benelli Warranties are subject to the terms and conditions described below.

General Requirements for Coverage

In order to be covered by the Benelli Warranties you must:

  • Register your firearm below within 30 days from purchase. The warranty will be validated by the serial number of your firearm. We recommend keeping a copy of your original proof of purchase so that the start date for your Benelli Warranties can be verified.
  • Be the original purchaser of the firearm. The Benelli Warranties do not cover any claims made by subsequent owners.