828 U The Over&Under News 2017
After the great success of the 828 U project started in 2015 with the Black and Silver versions available with 26” and 28” barrels, Benelli is preparing to expand the range of over and under 12ga hunting shotguns by introducing the following versions: the 828 U with a 30” barrel, the 828U L.H. and the 828 U Compact. The latter has a length of pull of 34.5cm, that can be extended to 35.5cm (828 U Compact Plus) replacing the standard butt plate with the optional long butt plate. The 828 U is available with five lengths of pull: 34.5-35.536.5-37.5 and 38.5cm.
The 828 U Left-Hand: Besides being able to convert the 828 for left-hand hunters thanks to the Perfect Fitting system (the drop and cast adjustment system is already present on all models), the 828 U Left-Hand also offers a toplever designed specifically for lefthanders.
The name of Benelli’s new over and under symbolises its distinction and unique origins. “828” is the number that identifies the historical town of Urbino in Unesco’s list of World Heritage Sites. And “U” is the initial of Urbino, the old Duchy of Federico da Montefeltro – the destination of so many of the great minds of the 15th century. The new 828 U combines the artistry of the past with the technology of the future.
The new 828 U is a true Benelli, a shotgun that expresses the O&U concept in a totally original way, so far from conventional breakaction models that it constitutes a whole new class of gun.
Over and under designs have changed very little over the years, and the market was ripe for improvement. Benelli therefore seized the opportunity to introduce radical improvements and to offer the O&U user genuine, tangible benefits. The time was right to set a new standard for over and under shotguns by not only introducing stylistic changes, but also by re-thinking the whole O&U concept in terms of form and function. By starting from scratch, they have been able to improve on the very best over and under shotguns on the market.
An O&U has to be easy to handle, therefore needs to be light and well balanced. But light weight alone has little value without bal- listic performance, and maximum control. On top of this, even a gun with the best performance and handling characteristics is not much good in the field unless it is also totally reliable and completely safe.
This may sound pretty obvious, but any shotgun expert could tell you that the only way Benelli could achieve these objectives was to revolutionise the design of the over and under. It is universally accepted that the lighter a gun is, the faster and more effectively a hunter can handle it. On the other hand, it is also common knowledge that if a certain weight/power ratio is exceeded the gun actually starts to become more difficult to control. Bearing all this in mind, one of the first requirements for the new model was: weight below or not exceeding 3kg, plus the latest generation Full Comfort system that reduses felt recoil.
In Benelli’s patented locking system, the lockplate forms a perfect seal with the barrel monoblock. This means that all the energy generated by firing is encased by the lockplate and monoblock, reducing stress on the hinge pins.
By incorporating this advanced locking system in an aluminium receiver, Benelli has succeeded in creating an O&U shotgun that weighs less than 3kg, but is also extremely strong and perfectly balanced.
The recoil and muzzle rise reduction system is a remarkable feature in an O&U, and even more extraordinary if complemented by fullyadjustable drop and cast.
These concepts – all innovative in the field of over and under shotguns – have been incorporated in Benelli’s (patented) Progressive Comfort system and perfect fitting, which offers effective recoil reduction, together with interchangeable recoil pads and combs, and fine adjustment of drop and cast with 40 possible configuration.
Benelli’s new 828 U overcomes the conventional barriers of drop and cast and lets you customise your shotgun quickly and easily.
With the 828 U, everybody can enjoy perfect shouldering and aim thanks to the limitless ways in which drop and cast can be adjusted to meet personal needs.
Owning the new Benelli 828 U over and under shotgun means tailored comfort and maximum accuracy.