Benelli SP’Auto 2018

Last year, 2017, was the 50th Anniversary of Benelli and the British Shooting Show is extremely proud to, again, be a main sponsor for the Benelli SP’Auto Championships 2018, Sunday 20th May, Southdown Gun Club, Muntham Farm, Findon, West Sussex, BN14 0RQ.

The innovative Benelli SP’Auto Championships are now a highlight of the shooting calendar, becoming a firm favourite with many competitors who return year on year.

The format is exclusively designed for semi-automatics. This ground breaking event appeals to shooters who are looking for a fresh challenge to test their powers of concentration. This year looks set to be just as dynamic and entertaining as previous years. Once again the course will be comprised of 120 targets over 14 stands. The SP’Auto allows full use of the auto’s three shot facility and stands will be presented as either:

  1. Three target on the call of “pull”
  2. Two targets with full use of the gun

Some targets may be presented as pairs while others will be on report.


  • All competitors must shoot with either a Benelli, Beretta or Franchi semi automatic.
  • This is not a CPSA registered event.
  • The Organisers reserve the right to change the prizes and amend the rules.
  • English Sporting Rules will govern the competition. Ladies, Juniors and Veterans will shoot in their CPSA classified classes and are also eligible for prizes in their respective categories.
  • Juniors must be under the age of 21 and under 18’s must be under the age of 18 for the duration of the shooting event. Veterans must have had their 60th birthday prior to the start of the event.
  • Where three targets are presented, certain unique rules may apply.
  • Where two targets are presented, three shots are permitted.
  • Maximum permitted load is 28 gram. There are no wads restrictions. Steel shot is not permitted.
  • Competitors who are not members of the CPSA and CPSA members who are not classified will be classified on the day. Eight undisclosed stands will be used to obtain a percentage score and thereby a classification.
  • Anyone barred from taking part in CPSA events will not be eligible to enter.
  • All overseas competitors will shoot in class AA. For the purposes of class prizes overseas will be defined as outside the UK.
  • All guns must be unloaded at all times while not in use, and must be carried with the breech bolt set to an open position.
  • All squads will be allocated start times at specific stands. All shooters must report to their first stand at least ten minutes prior to their allocated start time.
  • Once the top three places have been decided these three shooters will be taken out of their classes and the class prizes will be awarded in accordance with the original scores ex 120.
  • In the event of a tie for the top 3 places overall a sudden death shoot off will take place. To decide the class and category placements in the event of a tie, the winner will be determined by a count back system.
  • The referee on the squad’s final shooting stand will retain the squad scorecards.
  • The sponsors reserve the right to give prizes of equivalent value should the original prize not be available.
  • In the event of a dispute, there will be a five person jury for the duration of the event whose decision will be final.
  • Any prize winner must ensure that they have been allocated into the correct CPSA class. All incorrectly awarded prizes must be returned to GMK immediately.
  • All prizes, except cartridges, will be posted to winners if they are not able to attend the prize giving. Cartridge winners will be sent a voucher with which to redeem their prize, within one year, from your local Eley dealer. Cartridge prizes that are not collected within this time period will be forfeit.
  • The organiser reserve the right to allocate additional sessions in the event that the event is oversubscribed.

Benelli History

Benelli Armi S.P.A. was founded in 1967, by the Benelli Brothers, owners of the famous Benelli motorcycle company of Pesaro. The Benelli brothers were passionate shooters as well as fine engineers, and they were convinced that the future of hunting shotguns lay in semi-automatic models. This idea became a reality when a brilliant designer from Bologna, Bruno Civolani, invented a revolutionary action. Civolani’s design led to the creation of an extraordinary shotgun that used a simple inertia driven mechanism in place of a conventional gas operated system. by harnessing the inertia created by the force of the shot they were able to produce the fastest reloading action the world had ever seen, allowing users to fire 5 rounds in less than a second.

Benelli is a forward looking company that is always seeking to innovate and exploi9t new advances in materials and design. After being acquired by Beretta Holding in 1983, the subsequent financial backing they received meant that they were able to make major investments in research and development.

They have a production facility in Urbino which is one of the most modern in the world for shotgun manufacture. This has allowed them to maintain a healthy advantage over their competitors and their reputation has increased around the world. Interestingly, Benelli has remained completely independent of Beretta, forcing the two companies to innovate and improve their product range in order to stay ahead. Recently Benelli have re-evaluated their exclusivity to semi-autos and in 2015 launched their ground breaking, lightweight over and under the 828, which proved an instant success.

Benelli Shotguns have been available in the UK for some time. However, in 2007 GMK took over the distributorship of the brand and this has led to greater prominence. GMK instigated the Benelli Premium dealer scheme which ensures a greater selection of guns are available in stores throughout the country.

Today, Benelli remain a highly motivated and professional company that are committed to being the best in the world at what they do.