News Semi Auto Shotguns G&A 2014 Shotgun of the Year: Benelli Ethos G&A Staff October 29th, 2014 | More From G&A Staff Share0 Tweet Email Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Unveiled at the 2014 SHOT Show surrounded by the tune of violins racing to the sound of a motorcycle speeding across a salt-flat test track, the Ethos has since lived up to its initial fanfare at the range and in the field. It’s one of the most classy, yet technologically advanced shotguns Guns & Ammo has ever tested. relatedBenelli Ethos ReviewLearn more about G&A's 2014 Shotgun of the Year. The Benelli Ethos was chosen Shotgun of the Year in the December 2014 issue of G&A. Subscribe here to print, digital or both! From muzzle to stock, new features include a user-interchangeable carbon-fiber rib that’s more durable than steel. It dovetails onto a hammer-forged barrel that’s steel shot rated after being subjected to cryogenic treatment. Interchangeable brass and fiber optic sights come standard. Benelli’s inertia-driven gas system has been perfected in the Ethos, and a new twin-leg bolt features a detent mechanism that allows it to be quietly eased forward into battery. The bolt and bolt release handle are generous in size, as is a clearance contour shaped into the triggerguard that helps us guide shells into its four-round magazine. “Wood-to-metal fit leaves nothing to be desired,” Layne Simpson noted. At the rear, the wooden stock hides Benelli’s cleverly engineered Progressive Comfort System. It consists of a cushioned recoil pad, the center of which bears a recoil-absorbing device located within. Inward-pointing fingers of varying flexibility work in three stages of recoil absorbance. Though the trigger measures 6 pounds, it is smooth with minor creep and no overtravel. Five flush-fit chokes are also provided. It’s designed to operate with everything from a light 23/4-inch target to heavier 3-inch waterfowl and turkey loads. This is an heirloom-quality shotgun that possesses a combination of Benelli’s latest innovations and refined handling. Guns & Ammo of the Year Awards 2014 We are proud to announce our selections for the best of 2014. Click on each for more information regarding how it achieved this prestigious rank: 2014 Ammo of the Year: Winchester Train & Defend 2014 Suppressor of the Year: SureFire Ryder 22A 2014 Optic of the Year: Leupold Mark 6 3-18×44 TMR 2014 Handgun of the Year: Heckler & Koch VP9 2014 Rifle of the Year: Ruger American Revolution Guns & Ammo of the Year Awards 2014 Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+ Share0 Tweet Email Load Comments ( ) Don’t forget to sign up! Get the Top Stories from Guns & Ammo Delivered to Your Inbox Every Week Even More G&A of the Year Awards Show More Get the Guns & Ammo Newsletter FREE! Get the top stories delivered right to your inbox every week. 9 Awesomely Creative Ways to Kill ZombiesRead Now! Advertisement ▶ Now on Tablets! Subscribe & Save! Temporary Price Reduction! Subscribe Now Give a Gift | Subscriber Services LIKE WHAT YOU'RE READING? Get 12 issues for the low price of just $9! Subscribe!