Interested in purchasing this rifle, but being a sinister left-handed individual would prefer the safety reversed. Are there any Benelli experts on the board who know one way or another? Searched on the Benelli Forums to no avail.

"Number 7 was interesting. My third leadoff homer in three games. I had used the same bat for the first two homers. I had planned to keep using that bat until I broke it. But while I was on deck, I put it back & took out another bat. You want to know that it's you and not the bat."- Brady Anderson, Baltimore Orioles.

 

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EDIT: This guy says you can, says he did it. Doesn't say how unless it's just literally flip it over after difficult disassembly: 

https://forums.benelliusa.com/...onversion-difficult/

Well, that was fun!

I just finished reversing the safety on my new R1 for left hand use. On a difficulty scale of one to ten, I'd have to give this task an 8.

The exploded parts diagram that ships with the rifle is certainly helpful, if not absolutely necessary. The most annoying thing is that you have to remove every single component of the trigger and hammer group in order to access the safety.

Come on Benelli, take a hint from Remington!!

The diagram is oriented as though looking from the muzzle end, with the safety closest to you.

 

A word of caution - The parts diagram wrongfully shows the trigger pin bushings (016W) being inserted with the flat head on the shooter's left-hand side of the trigger group. Re-assembly this way is possible, but you'll find that the retaining clip (018A) on the rearward pin bushing will interfere with the operation of the No-Load Indicator lever (219W).

It's better and easier to install both pin bushings from the shooter's right side of the group.

 

Also, be very careful with removing the safety for reversal. You can easily damage the rubber pin that makes the safety a quiet safety. In fact, I sheared mine off and ended up removing it altogether. The safety now "clicks", but no more so than a Remington or Browning.

 

Fire control seems similar to Benelli shotguns. They made a few left-handed fire control systems for the M1 series shotguns, eventually. Maybe call and ask them if they think they will ever do this or it's a secret special order item already? 

The manual is here FWIW:

https://www.benelliusa.com/sit...oduct-manuals/r1.pdf

The things that will destroy America are prosperity at any price, peace at any price, safety first instead of duty first, the love of soft living and the get rich quick theory of life. – Theodore Roosevelt

 

Joined: 19NOV2004   Location: Mission, Kansas

SHOOBE01 Thanks! Apparently my Google-Fu on the Benelli Forum is weak sauce. 

"Number 7 was interesting. My third leadoff homer in three games. I had used the same bat for the first two homers. I had planned to keep using that bat until I broke it. But while I was on deck, I put it back & took out another bat. You want to know that it's you and not the bat."- Brady Anderson, Baltimore Orioles.

 

Home: Eugene, OR. USA

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