The radically styled Benelli 828U, which was introduced early this year, represents a completely new take on the over/under (O/U) shotgun. It would be a departure for any manufacturer, but it’s even more of a departure for Benelli, a company known for its semiautomatics that has never before made a break-action. Even so, you can tell the 828U is a Benelli right away. It shares the love-it-or-hate-it modernistic looks of all Benelli shotguns. Its alloy receiver, in fact, resembles the long receiver of a semiauto more than it does the compact receiver of other O/Us. Right away you also notice its barrels have no side-rib to hide the gap between them. The lack of rib makes the gun distinctive-looking while also trimming an ounce or two from the barrels. In fact, its alloy receiver, missing side ribs, and carbon-fiber vent rib all combine to keep the 828U well under 7 pounds (Benelli claims 6½ pounds, but my test gun weighed 6¾ pounds). This is a nice weight for an upland 12 gauge—light enough to carry, yet heavy enough to swing well.