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I recently purchased an 828U Nickle and the safety is so stiff that I can not disengage it with gloves on.   I missed numerous birds on a pheasant hunt due to the issue... in fact I had to hunt with the safety off.   The safety is so tight that when intentionally trying to disengage it with gloves it may take 4 or 5 tries with intense pressure.   Is this how tight all of them are?  If so I will be happy for Benelli to buy it back from me!

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This is not normal at all- Mine is easy butter like on and off. By chance did you remove the automatic safety? I like the feature and did not remove mine, If you haven't try removing it and see how it works- Something is hanging it up. I love the gun and have racked over 5000 rounds through it. If you can't get it to work like butter send it to Benelli they will fix it- The gun is lights out- Just don't shoot 3 in prairie storms through it lol- Interested to learn the outcome. Fix it don't hunt with the safety off brother

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  • 10 months later...

I have the same issue with the Benelli 828 I just bought.  I noticed the stiff safety in the store but thought it would loosen-up.  It has not.  It might be less of an issue if there was more of a perch (which a serious field gun should have anyway).  As is, there is no point in taking this gun to the field unless one keeps the safety off - which I am not willing to do.  I am very disappointed with this Benelli design especially for a field gun and I will try to return it.   If they want to try a practical test without the benefit of wild pheasants or grouse, they could try on clays where 1) the gun is half mounted (at most) and the safety is on before the clay is thrown.  Next do the same with gloves and after that try with gloves while your fingers are half dumb from cold.   This might reasonably simulate hunting wild birds in the midwest U.S.  

Now I recognize that there may be an easy fix for this of which I am not aware and, if this is the case, I will update this forum.  Also, it may depend on the gun i.e. the machining tolerances are so lax that some guns have the issue and some do not.  Anyway, unless someone can suggest an after-market solution, I suggest serious hunters think twice about selecting this product.

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Here’s my hack. Drop the trigger assembly and then in the trigger assembly cavity find the safety retaining clip and safety “spring”. Slide each arm of the safety spring outward—just about 2 mm. 
 

The safety will move easier but it doesn’t feel as nice. 

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I bought the SBE3 a year ago and the safety on it is a small round button that pushes way too hard for my liking right out of the box but shoots awesome.  Previous to that one I have the M1 that has a bigger flat triangular safety button that works great.  Not sure why Benelli had to change a good thing on a super shotgun that made it worse.  

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