Benelli’s expanding their impressive line of 828U over/under shotguns. If you’re a southpaw, you’ll be glad to hear they’re adding a left-handed model with a reversed lever and left side cast off. If you’re a smaller-framed shooter, the lighter 828U Compact, with its 14-inch length of pull and 26-inch barrels should fit the bill nicely. Here’s their press release . . .
ACCOKEEK, Md. (April 27, 2017) – Benelli’s acclaimed line of 828U over-and-under shotguns has been expanded to include left-handed and compact models.
The new 828U Left-Hand features a reverse-contoured lever which allows left-handed shooters to quickly and easily open the action with their strong hand. In addition to a reversed lever, the left-handed version of the Benelli 828U comes from the factory with the cast of the shotgun already adjusted for left-handed shooters. The gun also comes with a shim kit which allows for 40 different
points of fine adjustment to the drop and cast.
Available with an engraved nickel plated receiver and a 26- or 28-inch barrel, both versions of the new Benelli 828U Left-Hand have an MSRP of $2,999.
For younger shooters or shooters with shorter arms, the new Benelli 828U Compact comes with a 26-inch barrel and 14-inch length of pull, shortened from the 828U’s original 14 3/8 inches. The 828U Compact, which weighs 6.5 pounds, features an engraved nickel plated receiver and has an MSRP of $2,999.
Benelli’s 828U shotguns deliver mandatory point-ability, custom comb/drop adjustments and the kind of ergonomic feel and balance inherent to all fine shotguns. It is at once both contemporary and beautifully practical, from the smooth body and exquisite checkering to the wide, low-profile rib bridge, no side rib and monoblock treatment.
Functionality and safety of the 828U is a given with an auto-safety, easy-operating opening lever and steel lock-plate opening system, paired with impulse-driven ejection to keep unfired shells handy. All 828U shotguns are equipped with floating Crio barrels and Crio chokes, a weight-reducing carbon fiber rib and a high-grade alloy receiver complimented by fine AA-Grade satin walnut on the stock and forearm. Durable steel-on-steel hinges, removable guard and easy-to-remove trigger system make for easy cleanup.
The patented, recoil-taming Progressive Comfort System, already popular with many Benelli shooters, is nicely integrated into the 828U to keep muzzle flip to a minimum and provide a more comfortable shooting experience.
COMMON SPECIFICATIONS: Gauge: 12. Barrel Length: 26 or 28 inches. Weight: 6.5 pounds (26-inch barrel), 6.6 pounds (28-inch barrel). Finish: AA-Grade satin walnut with engraved nickel plated receiver. Crio® Chokes: C, IC, M, IM, F. Sights: Fiber-optic front sight with red insert. Length-of-Pull: 14 3/8 inches. Drop at Heel: 2 1/8 inches. Drop at Comb: 1 1/2 inches. Additional Features: Shim kit for 40 points of fine adjustment to drop and cast; custom-fitted hard case. MSRP: $2,999.
COMMON SPECIFICATIONS: Gauge: 12. Barrel Length: 26. Weight: 6.5 pounds. Finish: AA-Grade satin walnut with engraved nickel plated receiver. Crio® Chokes: C, IC, M, IM, F. Sights: Fiber-optic front sight with red insert. Length-of-Pull: 14 inches. Drop at Heel: 2 1/8 inches. Drop at Comb: 1 1/2 inches. Additional Features: Shim kit for 40 points of fine adjustment to drop and cast; custom-fitted hard case. MSRP: $2,999.
3/8 of an inch is more compact?
Seems weird that you couldn’t make an ambidextrous safety on a ‘fine quality’ firearm like these.
Do we need any more proof that when you’re buying Bennelli you’re buying a name? Even with all the custom chokes and shoulder adjustments in the world… Still retails for $3K.
I guess I just don’t some shooters priorities.
The 828U has a tang safety/barrel selector, so it’s already ambidextrous. It’s the locking lever that’s been reversed for lefties…it pushes in the opposite (left) direction to break open the gun.
If you don’t want to buy the Benelli “name,” you could buy a Perazzi or a Krieghoff. You won’t touch one for $3K though.
You’ll pay just as much for a comparable Beretta. I honestly don’t understand why a good double-barrel shotgun costs as much as it does, but $3K is not out of line in that market.
It has to do with the way a double-barrel works. The problem is that the regulation of the barrels (ensuring that they will strike the same point at a set distance) is something that requires a lot of hand-work. They take a lot more labor than other types of shotguns which can be manufactured in a more automated fashion. The other thing has to do with the lockwork, which is a bit like making 2 guns in the space of one.
In this instance, over under means overpriced and underweight.