Benelli Releases 828U Over-and-Under
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. Constant opening means no recocking, and for both the traditionalist and the contemporary camps, the 828U fulfills the requirement of Benelli quality-floating crio barrels and crio chokes, weight-reducing carbon fiber rib and high-grade alloy receiver, complimented by fine walnut stock, and forearm. Durable steel-on-steel hinges, removable guard and easy-to-remove trigger system make for easy cleanup when the hunt is done.
The 828U comes in nickel-engraved and black anodized models and both sport interchangeable 26″ or 28″ barrels. Drop and cast fine regulation means the gun can be tuned to 40 unique, personal settings in order to get that perfect fit and sight picture. One traditional element wasn’t lost on the design team-the patented, recoil-taming Progressive Comfort System already popular with many Benelli shooters is nicely integrated into the 828U and helps keep muzzle flip to a minimum.
The 828U is the result of several years of development, and its near-perfect mix of design innovation and practical functionality came from exhaustive research of the marketplace, the competition and the personal insights of shooters, engineers and product development experts.
“From the first prototype to the final design, the 828U started and finished as a hunter’s shotgun-the style, weight and comfort which field and sport shooters appreciate is apparent the first time you pick one up,” said Tom Kaleta, VP of Marketing for Benelli USA.
While the 828U may seem like a departure from the Benelli line of semi-automatic shotguns for which the brand has earned its loyal following, the company’s devotion to customer preference and legacy of pushing both the design and performance envelope made the decision to produce the 828U a natural for the company. “We’ve always created markets at Benelli-but we do so by knowing the market and building the shotgun that customers want to own and shoot,” said Tom Debolt, Benelli USA General Manager. “We know there’s a market for a fine Benelli over-and-under shotgun that incorporates so many features, points and shoots like a dream and fits the budget for so many customers.”
With the nickel-engraved version coming in at $2,999 retail, and the black-anodized model at $2,499 retail, Benelli anticipates the 828U’s competitive price will spark high demand for their newest product. The first production run is near completion and the 828U will soon be available at Benelli’s network of retail dealers.
New Benelli M4 Cerakote™ Tactical Shotgun
Already battle-tested as the US military’s Joint Service Combat Shotgun, the new Benelli M4 takes optimal performance to another level-an M4 Cerakote™ model that can handle the harshest treatment a modern tactical weapon can expect. Cerakote™ is an abrasion and impact-resistant material that can be applied to firearms and parts including metal, plastic, composite and other surfaces, reducing maintenance and adding years of service life and functionality to any weapon.
The new Benelli M4 Cerakote™ can operate in virtually any environment. The rust-resistant qualities of Cerakote™ are up to 50 times stronger than competitive coatings, and make the weapon nearly impervious to the corrosive effects of water, salt spray and even abrasive grit and grime. The improved hardness and scratch-resistance of Cerakote™means a much longer wear cycle, and the adherence quality of Cerakote™ is phenomenal and resistant to impact, heat or the extreme treatment inherent in tactical and combat environments.
Functionally, the new M4 Cerakote™ is the same M4 currently in service with America’s Armed Forces and many law enforcement agencies, and employs the same super-reliable Auto Regulating Gas Operated (ARGO) system. With dual, self-cleaning pistons, the ARGO system requires only ½ inch of movement for complete cycling, minimizing vibration and maximizing target re-acquisition. Featuring a synthetic stock, the new M4 Cerakote™ comes in AI Dark Earth only, with an 18.5″ barrel length and a total length of just 40 inches. Set up with ghost-ring sights (optional three-dot Tritium inserts are not included but are available) and a Picatinny rail just forward of the sight assembly, the Benelli M4 Cerakote™ can take on specialized optics like night vision, red dot sights and standard scopes.
The new model M4 Cerakote™ weighs in at 7.8 pounds and comes with a standard Modified choke. Like it’s predecessor, the M4 Cerakote™ cycles everything from 2 ¾” Heavy Target to 3″ Magnum flawlessly and interchangeably, and the shotgun can be ordered with either tactical or pistol grip stock.
COMMON SPECIFICATIONS: Gauge: 12-Gauge Overall Length: 40″ Weight: 7.8 lbs Finish: Black synthetic, AI Dark Earth Cerakote Magazine Capacity: 5+1 Chokes: M Sights: Ghost-ring Length-of-Pull: 14 3/8″ Drop at Heel: 2 1/4″ Drop at Comb: 1 1/2″ MSRP: $2,399
Benelli Performance Shop 20-Gauge Waterfowl Edition
Waterfowlers want performance-cold, foul weather and wet, muddy conditions combined with long shots at fast-flying ducks and geese require it. The new 20-Gauge Waterfowl Edition delivers all the punch needed in the blind, all in a slimmer, lighter sub-gauge purpose-built with the same optimal performance and specialized features found in the Performance Shop’s SBE II Waterfowl Edition 12-Gauge.
Based on the fast-swinging, easy-toting M2 Field 20-Gauge, the Waterfowl Edition M2’s streamlined and lightweight design, paired with the steadfast reliability of the honed and polished Inertia Driven® system, make it the ultimate sub-gauge waterfowl gun. Trigger group tuning for a crisper let off and better shot timing, combined with a larger bolt-cocking handle and longer, wider bolt release gives the shooter confidence handling the gun in the field, even in cold, wet conditions and wearing gloves.
The Waterfowl Edition comes with a set of Rob Roberts Custom Triple Threat™ chokes, specifically designed for waterfowl hunting at short, medium and long-range distances. The Waterfowl Edition’s Crio® barrel features a lengthened and polished forcing cone to insure uniform patterns while reducing recoil. Every WaterFowl Edition 20-Gauge has been test-fired and patterned for optimal accuracy and punch when shooting high-flying waterfowl. Felt recoil is further reduced with Benelli’s ComforTech® stock, so magnum loads in 20-Gauge are almost trivial compared to the 12-Gauge. Each Waterfowl Edition’s barrel is fitted with a HIVIZ Comp front sight with a variety of colored fiber optic inserts for quick target acquisition in low or flat light conditions. A paracord design survival sling leaves hunter’s hands free for managing dogs, decoys or gear, and in an emergency situation provides over 50 feet of 550-pound paracord within seconds.
“This is a duck and goose shooting machine, just in a smaller, slimmer package,” said Tom Kaleta, VP of Marketing for Benelli USA. “We live and breath the waterfowler’s world-and we know long shots and tough conditions are always part of the program. “The Performance Shop 20-Gauge Waterfowl Edition fills a niche that’s demanding that a magnum Benelli performance in a specialized, lightweight package.”
COMMON SPECIFICATIONS: Gauge: 20-Gauge Barrel Length: 28″ Weight: 5.9 lbs Finish: Realtree® Max-5™ Magazine Capacity: 3+1 Chokes: 3 Rob Roberts Custom Triple Threat® Sights: HiVIZ Comp front sight metal mid-bead Length-of-Pull: 14 3/8″ Drop at Heel: 2 1/8″ Drop at Comb: 1 1/2″ Minimum Recommended Load: 2 1/2-dram, 7/8 ounce MSRP: $2,399
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