At the 2016 edition of the NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits − the yearly meeting and gun show held in Louisville, Kentucky in May 19-22 this year − announcement was given that the Benelli 828U over-and-under shotgun, already named 'Shotgun of the year' back in January, was the recipient of the highly coveted Golden Bullseye Award for the shotguns category.
The Golden Bullseye Awards are issued to recently introduced firearms and related products, already available to consumers, used or tested by staff members or regular contributors to the NRA Publications magazines − American Rifleman, American Hunter and Shooting Illustrated − which have found to be reliable in the field, meeting or; innovative in design and function; readily perceived as a value to the purchaser; and styled in a manner befitting the shooting and hunting industry and, perhaps more importantly, its enthusiasts.
Benelli 828U: an innovative shotgun
And indeed, when it comes to shotguns, this year's winner couldn't be any other gun but the Benelli 828U − an innovative design under many points of view.
The 828U is Benelli's first over-and-under shotgun ever, and a true revolution in its category due to a plethora of features, most notably the quick-assembly monobloc breech and the steel locking plate that relieves the barrels of any mechanical stress..
«We wanted to build a revolutionary over-and-under shotgun that’s designed specifically for hunters, one that points and shoots as well as a fine Italian-made shotgun should with features that enhance the shooting experience for our loyal customers», said Benelli USA General Manager Tom DeBolt.
«We’re honored to have the 828U receive the prestigious NRA Golden Bullseye Award and to be recognized as Shotgun of the Year by an esteemed publication like American Rifleman».
Features and price of Benelli 828U
The technical and performance features of the Benelli 828U − Benelli's patented Progressive Comfort system; a polyurethane buttpad and comb; a lightweight aluminum alloy receiver for minimum weight and maximum handling comfort; the patented Power Bore barrels; and many more − make this finely-made shotgun, manufactured using state-of-the-art technologies and materials, perfectly fit to meet the needs and tastes of hunters and sport shooters alike, both in Europe and north America.
The Benelli 828U 12-gauge over-and-under shotgun is available to consumers in Europe at a suggested retail price ranging around €2800/€2900, depending from the version; in the United States, the manufacturer's suggested retail price has been set at $2,499.00 for the black anodized receiver variant and $2,999.00 for the nickel-plated receiver version.