Gun Report

Benelli Model 828U No. 10701 12 Gauge, $2,500

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Although Benelli has a reputation for producing high-quality semiautomatic shotguns, we found the company’s new over/under was lacking in both appearance and performance. Poor patterns, weak target hits, and uninspiring features all contributed to our low grade for this shooting tool.

Benelli Model 828U No. 10701 12 Gauge, $2,500

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Action Type
Chamber Length
Choke Tubes
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Receiver Material
Barrel Material
Rib Width
Stock Material
Length of Pull
Drop at Comb
Drop at Heel
Trigger Pull Weight Bottom
Trigger Pull Weight Top

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The free-floating locking plate located in the receiver is designed to engage the locking lugs on the barrel’s monoblock to provide a stronger, tighter seal. Whether this system will hold up long term remains to be seen.
Free-floated barrels cut down on the weight of the Benelli, but the feature did not seem to affect the handling ability of the shotgun during our testing. Note the red fiber-optic sight and carbon fiber rib, which we found to be interesting for an over/under shotgun. But these are “love it or hate it” features on a traditional design. The feel and heft of the Benelli’s laser-engraved forearm was not as solid and pleasant as the other test shotgun. The feel was of a forearm on a semiautomatic.
We thought the laser checkering, finish, and appearance of the Benelli’s stock was more like that of a semi-auto, rather than a pricey over/under. An integrated system promoted as being able to tame recoil still resulted in an uncomfortable punch, even with light loads.

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