SOLD FOR: $1,925
Model: 828U, Product Number 10703
Serial Number: BS004672E15
Year of Manufacture: 2015 (CN date code)
Gauge: 12 Gauge, 2 3/4″ & 3? Shells
Action Type: Top-Break, Over/Under with Single Selective Trigger, this model was designed with ejectors, but this example appears to function only as an Extractor
Markings: The top of the receiver is marked with the serial number under the lever, each side is marked “828U” at the front, the bottom is marked “MADE IN ITALY” with a Benelli logo and “BENELLI ARMI URBINO / BENELLI USA CORP / ACCOKEEK MD”. The left of the top barrel is marked “12 GA. 3″-76mm – FOR 2 3/4″ OR 3″ SHELLS / READ OWNER’S MANUAL BEFORE USING GUN”, the left of each is marked with an Italian proof. The bottom of the monoblock is marked with two Italian proofs, “CN” in box date code and the barrel serial number marked on the included label. The bottom of the bottom barrel is marked “50 15-408”. The right of the top barrel is marked “BENELLI ARMI S.P.A. – URBINO – MADE IN ITALY”. The sides of the receiver have braded oak-leaf and fish-scale engraving.
Barrel Length: 26″, Carbon-Fiber Vent-Rib
Choke: The barrels are threaded for Crio chokes with Modified over Improved Cylinder installed. Also included are Full, Improved Modified, and Cylinder Bore
Sights / Optics: There is a red fiber-optic bead in a base at the front of the rib.
Weight: 6 lb., 8.2 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece fish-scale checkered AA-Grade walnut with finger-grooved forend, flat-bottom pistol grip, straight comb with black rubber insert and black rubber Progressive Comfort recoil pad system. The forend has a faint nick on the top-left edge toward the front. The buttstock has a light scratch on the right under the comb and a few other scattered minor marks. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is crisp. The LOP measures 14 1/2″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the pad. The drop at comb is approximately 1 1/2″, drop at heel 2 5/8″. The cast is about neutral, maybe slightly on. The cast and drop are adjustable using the included shims. The pad has no notable wear or damage. Overall, the stocks are in about Fine-plus condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Nickel-plate Alloy
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is no erosion in the bores.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains approximately 97% of its metal finish. There are light scuffs on the right of each barrel about 4″ in front of the forend and there is very minor finish wear from the forend, concealed while assembled. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly, though this model was designed with ejectors which only function as extractors. The action locks up tight with no play. The safety engages automatically when the action is opened. We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This shotgun comes in a gray plastic Benelli case with compartments for the barrel assembly, action assembly, and a plastic organizer case for the chokes and accessories. Accessories include the extra chokes, choke wrench, replacement mainspring, Benelli oil, stock shims, an assortment of factory paperwork including manual and sticker label marked with matching receiver and barrel serial numbers. The case has light storage wear and one of the latches’ locking tabs has broken off, in about Good-plus condition, appearing as Very Good-Fine not counting the broken latch.
Our Assessment: This is a Benelli 828U, Benelli’s only over-under shotgun offering. Much like their wildly successful semi-automatic shotgun lines, the 828U is innovative, stylish, and beautiful. With fish-scale accents on the receiver and stocks, fiber-optic vent-rib, a unique locking system and Benelli’s Progressive Comfort recoil system, this is a shotgun as beautiful as it is innovative. With five chokes and an assortment of stock shims to adjust cast and drop, it is also versatile, able to fit just about any preferences. The gun is in Fine-Excellent condition retaining about 97% of its metal finish, minor wear in the stocks, a great bore and strong mechanics. If you’re a Benelli fan and are thinking about getting into the double barrel shotgun market, this is a great gun to add to your collection. Please see our photos and good luck!