Benelli has finally entered the over/under shotgun market with the 828U. They did so in typical Benelli style– a totally new design. It looks like a classic and classy shotgun on the outside. The engraved nickel receiver and high grade walnut stock make it look like a typical Italian double gun. On the inside, though, the 828U is totally different.
So what is so different about the new Benelli 828U? Here are the highlights
- The forearm is removed with a push button
- the whole trigger group comes out for easy cleaning
- it recocks from the loading lever, not the barrels’ opening
- it has impulse activated ejectors
- it weighs 6.5 pounds
- its steel locking system and plate keep all of the pressure in the barrels for long action life
- the rib is carbon fiber
- it has the Progressive Comfort recoil system
The steel locking system is the real highlight. The receiver is aluminum, which would be a major concern for longevity–except Benelli has found a way to keep all of the wear and tear on the steel parts. So the gun should enjoy a long service life, and it is lighter and has a better balance than most all of the competition.
This is not your grandpa’s pheasant gun. But it is a hunting gun. The U stands for upland. This is a light shotgun–6.5 pounds would be great to carry across fields all day long. I know the Progressive Comfort system does a great job softening the recoil, but I have only shot one on a semi auto (which is soaking up some of the energy as well). However, with Benelli’s track record of making great shotguns, I bet the 828U is a dream to shoot.
There are two models. The engraved nickel (MSRP $2,999) and black anodized ($2,499). Both are available with either 26″ or 28″ barrels.