SOLD FOR: $1,400
Model: Citori Grade I
Serial Number: 18388PR123
Year of Manufacture: 1987 (PR Date code)
Gauge: 16 Gauge, 2 3/4″ Shells
Action Type: Over Under O/U, Top Break, Single Selective Trigger Shotgun with Ejectors
Markings: The left side of the upper barrel is marked “BROWNING ARMS COMPANY MORGAN, UTAH & MONTREAL P.Q. / MADE IN JAPAN”. The left of the monoblock is marked “INVECTOR” and “18388”, the bottom of the monoblock is marked with three proofs. The right of the top barrel is marked “SPECIAL STEEL 16GA – 2 3/4″ – 28″”. The inside of the forend iron is marked “18388” and the inside of the forend is stamped “10388”. The top tang, under the lever, is marked “18388PR123”. The bottom of the receiver is marked “BROWNING / Citori”. The receiver has Grade I engraving. The bottom of the trigger guard is marked with Browning’s Buck Mark logo.
Barrel Length: 28”, Vent-Rib
Choke: The barrels are threaded for Invector chokes and have Modified chokes installed.
Sights / O99ics: This shotgun is mounted with a silver-colored bead at the front of the rib. The top of the rib is finely checkered for glare reduction.
Weight: 6 lb., 10.4 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with pistol grip, straight comb and textured black plastic Browning buttplate. The stocks have some scattered minor compressions, scratches and handling marks. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 14 1/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. Drop at comb is 1 1/2″, drop at heel is 2 3/8″. The buttplate has scattered minor wear. The stocks rate in about Very Good-Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is no erosion in the bores.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 95% of its metal finish. The finish is lightly thinning at most edges. The barrels have some wear from the forend, concealed while assembled, othwerwise showing only minor handling marks and light operational wear. The exposed portions of the forend iron and latch show handling wear. The receiver has a spot of light wear at the bottom-front corner on the left. The bottom tang is mostly worn to white. The controls have handling wear and the top tang has operational wear from the safety/selector switch. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in about Very Good-Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly including the ejectors. The barrels lock up with no play to the receiver. 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: None.
Our Assessment: Browning Citori shotguns are extremely dependable and make for great investments. This example is chambered for 16 gauge, a fairly uncommon chambering for Citori shotguns, and we believe this is from the first year of 16 gauge Citori production. It is in about Very Good-Fine condition with strong mechanics, bright bores, a tight lockup and wear in the metal and stocks consistent with responsible use. This ought to be a great shotgun for hunting or clay shooting for the lucky winner. Please see our photos and good luck!