The pandemic does not stop Benelli from launching new products: the brand new Benelli 828 U over-and-under shotgun is now available in a 20-gauge version, even lighter and more versatile for hunting and clay shooting
The brand new Benelli 828 U 20-gauge over-and-under shotgun incarnates the principles of innovation and quality that drive the well-famed Italian gun manufacturer in their activity.
The first entry in the 828 U line – named after the UNESCO denomination for the city of Urbino, the hometown of Benelli, whose historical center is considered a World heritage – was first introduced in 2015, and further entries were launched in the following years, making for a four-models line in 12-gauge as of today.
The new 20-gauge Benelli 828 U variant is mechanically identical to the 12-gauge versions, reprising a layout that has been met with acclaim by hunters and sportshooters worldwide due to its sleek design features and performance levels.
The baseline Benelli 828 U Silver 20-gauge shotgun, chambered to use either 2.¾"/70mm or 3"/76mm shotshells, will make for a perfect companion both on the hunting field and the clay shooting range, thanks to the fast target alignment and easy maneuverability granted by its unique design.
The baseline variant comes with a selected walnut stock and forend and 70 cm / 28" barrels, and weighs 2,55 kilograms (5.62 lbs); the Benelli 828 U is however also available in a version with 65 cm / 26" long barrels.
The brand new 828 U 20-gauge over-and-under shotgun features the top of Benelli's technology, including – but not limited to – the Progressive Comfort system integrated in the wooden stock, providing a progressive dampening of felt recoil that will work regardless of the specific loads being used; the Lock Plate locking system, manufactured entirely out of steel, that will absorb all mechanical stress and safeguard the structural integrity of the receiver over time; the cryogenically-treated, diameter-selected Powerbore barrels, offering higher penetration on the target; and the Perfect Fitting stock adjustment system, providing five plates for cast adjustment (45/50/55/60/65) and four plates for drop adjustment (+6/-6, +3/-3, +6/-6 -1/2 drop, +3/-3 -1/2 drop), totaling forty different shim combinations for a perfect and natural aim.
Technology meets adjustability in a seamless combination on the Benelli 828 U 20-gauge over-and-under shotgun: the overall length of the factory stock (37,5 cm / 14.76") provides good ergonomics, but a longer version (38,5 cm / 15.15") and two shorter variants (34,5 cm / 13.58" and 36,5 cm / 14.37") are also available.
The Benelli 828 U 20-gauge over-and-under shotgun comes with a polyurethane cheek riser that can be removed from the buttstock and replaced with other variants, allowing the shooter to modify the stock configuration depending on his or her needs and preferences; the cheek riser also reduces the vibrations that reach the shooter's head and ears, further enhancing shootability and comfort.