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M1014
Benelli m4
M1014, with extended buttstock

Type

Semi-auto shotgun

Place of origin

Italy

Wars

Iraq War

War in Afghanistan

Designer

Benelli Armi SPA

Designed

1998

Manufacturer

Benelli Armi SPA

Produced

1999-present

Caliber

12 gauge

The M1014 is an Italian semi-automatic shotgun manufactured by Benelli Armi S.P.A.


On May 4, 1998, the U.S. Army Armaments Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) at Picatinny Arsenal, NJissued Solicitation #DAAE30-98-R-0401, requesting submissions for a new 12 gauge, semi-automatic combat shotgun for the US Armed Services. In response to the request, Benelli Armi SpA of Urbino, Italy designed and built the Benelli M4 Super 90 Combat Shotgun. On August 4, 1998, five samples of the M4 were delivered to Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, and after intense testing, the M4 had beaten the competition. In early 1999, ARDEC awarded the M1014 Joint Service Combat Shotgun contract to Heckler & Koch, USA subsidiary for importation of the Benelli M4 Combat Shotgun. The first units (count of 20,000) were delivered to the United States Marine Corps in 1999. During testing, the prototype was called the XM1014, but after adoption, the 'X' was dropped, and the weapon was officially designated the M1014.

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