The Benelli M3 is the second shotgun made available to players in Resident Evil 5. It can be found in Chapter 3-3. Can be purchased in Chapter 4-1 and onward.
Starting off, the M3 has a firepower of 300, a reload speed of 3.00 seconds, and a capacity of 5 shells. Fully upgraded, it has a firepower of 900, a reload speed of 2.70 seconds, and a total capacity of 10. The M3 has no critical value. M3 is the most powerful obtainable shotgun in RE5 (Hydra must be bought), though its cartidge capacity is the smallest, and the effective range is no match for Hydra. The M3 has a large spread, its excellent for close range crowd control, but this really hurt the accuracy rating if you want to use M3 against single target.
The M3 seems to be similar to the previous Riot Gun, having good specifications and replacing the first shotgun. With a maximum firepower of 900, it is the second most powerful shotgun available in Resident Evil 5 (the Hydra shotgun being the most powerful, upgraded to the maximum, which fires 12 pellets, inducing 12 X 550 damage.)
|Level||Firing Power||Cost||Reload Speed||Cost||Capacity||Cost|
Fully Upgraded Shotgun Stats
|Stat \ Shotgun||Ithaca M37||M3||Jail Breaker||Hydra|
|Range||All equal: after 25 paces all shotguns inflict 0 damage|
|Max Damage||400||900||350 x 2.14 = 749||550 x 2.14 = 1177|
|Number of Average Shot Pellets||7||15|
|Damage per Shot Pellet||58||129||50||79|
|Rate of Fire**||12s||11s||9s||8s|
|Critical Chance Multiplier||1*****||0|
|Spread||Equal: All shotguns spread to the same average circumference|
*Attack Range upgrades increase shot pellets by 50% each level - effectively doubling pellets from 7 to 15 when fully upgraded.
**Rate of Fire: the time it takes to fire 10 rounds.
***Each shotgun has a set 2 shell reload animation. With infinite ammo, all reload animations are negated.
****With infinite ammo, all shotgun capacities are infinite.
*****Ithaca: 1 (in comparison, M92F has 3, VZ61 has 2)
These statistics were obtained by firing at a large wall.