NRA Gun of the Week: Benelli USA Lupo

posted on October 16, 2020

The traditional outline of Benelli’s Lupo is a center-fire, bolt-action, shoulder-fired rifle designed for hard use. American hunters have faithfully relied on Benelli USA for its outside-the-box thinking and robust products design to last generations. The Lupo rifle encompasses every quality that brand loyalists count on.

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Benelli USA’s Lupo is fitted with ergonomic furniture that is adjustable to fit its operator and houses advancements in recoil-reducing technology to enhance the user experience. Black polymer is the basis for the stock’s material, both fore-end and butt, and the gun uses Benelli’s Progressive Comfort system. The company also provides a CombTech cheek pad to buffer the impulse from a recoiling barreled action.

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A hardened-steel upper receiver is fitted to the aluminum chassis or lower receiver. The gun's large-bodied bolt uses three lugs for lockup. Attached is a hammer-forged steel barrel—American Rifleman’s test sample arrived chambered for .30-’06 Sprg. with a barrel length of 22”. At the muzzle is a section of threads cut 5/8-24 t.p.i., protected by an included muzzle cap. Benelli provides an addition treatment with its forged barrels that claims to increase consistency by cryogenics.

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Our range experience with Benelli’s Lupo proved the rifle’s worthiness. The detachable box magazine is a welcome feature. The rifle’s contemporary design allows for a comfortable shooter interface enabled by thoughtful ergonomics employed throughout.

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Watch our NRA Gun of the Week video above to learn more about Benelli USA’s Lupo rifle.

Benelli USA Lupo Specifications
Manufacturer: Benelli Armi, S.P.A. (Italy)
Importer: Benelli USA
Action Type: bolt-action, center-fire repeating rifle
Chambering: .30-’06 Sprg.
Receiver: steel; matte blued
Lower Receiver: synthetic
Barrel: 22” hammer-forged steel; CRIO-treated
Trigger: adjustable, 3-lb., 8-oz. pull
Magazine: five-round detachable box
Sights: none; drilled-and-tapped 8-40
Stock: synthetic w/modular CombTech cheek pad, Airtouch Grip Surfaces, Progressive Comfort recoil system
MSRP: $1,699


Further Reading:

Review: Benelli Lupo

Poetry in Motion: Benelli's Ethos

Tested: Benelli Super Black Eagle 3 Shotgun

Shotgun: Hunting to Tactical


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