BENELLI SHOTGUNS: SEMI-AUTO, 1985-OLDER
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SL-80 SERIES MODEL SL-121V Get Pricing

12 ga., field grade, 26 or 28 in. fixed choke VR barrel, anodized and black semi-gloss finish on lower receiver. Disc. 1985.

SL-80 SERIES MODEL SL-121/SL-122 SLUG Get Pricing

12 ga., features Monte Carlo stock and flat bottom Trap Grade beavertail forearm, 21 1/16 in. cyl. bore barrel, fixed open ring rear iron sights and fixed front ramp, 5 shot mag., recoil pad, 7 lbs. 3 oz. Disc. 1985.

SL-80 SERIES MODEL SL-123V Get Pricing

12 ga., stylish field grade, Ergal special aluminum alloy receiver with photo engraving, 26 or 28 in. VR barrel with various chokes, approx. 6 lbs. 13 oz. Disc. 1985.

EX-L Get Pricing

12 ga., similar in appearance to the Model SL-123V, except has hand-engraved receiver, very limited mfg. with unpredictable premiums over Model SL-123V.

SL-80 SERIES MODEL 121 M1 POLICE/MILITARY Get Pricing

12 ga. only, similar in appearance to the Super 90 M1, hardwood stock, 7 shot mag., matte metal and wood finish, most stocks had adj. lateral sling attachment inside of buttstock, 18 3/4 in. barrel. Disc. 1985.

MODEL 80 SPECIAL SKEET/TRAP Get Pricing

12 ga. only, 28 in. VR barrel with mod. choke and phosphorescent bead sight, trap/skeet Monte Carlo grade/style wood stock with recoil pad, lower receiver was nickel plated, 7 lbs. 10 oz. Disc. 1985.

SL-80 SERIES MODEL SL201 FIELD GRADE Get Pricing

20 ga., 26 in. VR mod. choke barrel, approx. 5 lbs. 10 oz. Disc. 1985.

BRI-BENELLI SL-80 123 SLUG GUN Get Pricing

12 ga. only, custom design, premium slug gun, SL-80 Series action with drilled and tapped rifled barrel by E. R. Shaw Barrel Co., assembled by BRI in the U.S., Monte Carlo stock with beavertail forend, barrels stamped "BRI", ser. nos. 0001-0025, approx. 25 guns total mfg. 1986-1987.
BENELLI SHOTGUNS: SEMI-AUTO, 1985-OLDER Benelli semi-auto 3rd generation (inertia recoil) shotguns were imported starting in the late 1960s. They were marketed as a super fast cycling shotgun. By the time the 5th shell was being ejected, the first shell had not hit the ground! The SL-80 Model 121 had a semi-gloss, black finish, the Model 123 had an ornate photo-engraved receiver, the Model Special 80 had a brushed, white nickel-plated receiver, and the Model 121 M1 had a matte finish receiver, barrel, and stock. All 12 ga. SL-80 Series shotguns will accept 2 3/4 or 3 in. shells, and all SL-80 Series 12 ga. Models have interchangeable barrels (except the 121 M1) with 4 different model receivers (121, 121 M1, 123, and Special 80). All 4 models had fixed choke barrels.
The SL-80 Series shotguns were discontinued in 1985 and later marketed by Beretta as the Vitoria, Pintail, and then the ES-100 Pintail.
Approx. 50,000 SL-80 Series shotguns were mfg. before discontinuance. Choke markings (located on the side or bottom of the barrel) are as follows: *full choke, **imp. mod., ***mod., ****imp. cyl. SL-80 series guns used the same action (different than current mfg.) and all had the desirable split receiver design, similar to the Super Black Eagle. Check forend for cracking in area of the finger grooves.
The marketplace for older Benelli semi-auto shotguns has changed in recent years, with more interest being shown in these older models as they represent a good value compared to Benelli's new offerings. Collector interest on these older SL-80s appears to be occurring also. As a result of this additional interest and demand, values have gone up, after being dormant for many years. The number of guns being offered for sale still remains low. No doubt that people own these SL-80 Series guns are not interested in selling them.

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