SOLD FOR: $3177
Model: Citori Grade V
Serial Number: 03282PX5B3
Year of Manufacture: 1983 (https://www.browning.com/support/date-your-firearm/citori-over-under-shotgun.html)
Caliber: 12 Ga. 2 ¾” Shells
Action Type: Over Under Shotgun, with Single Selective Inertial Trigger & Ejectors
Markings: The left side of the upper barrel is marked “BROWNING ARMS COMPANY MORGAN, UTAH & MONTREAL P.Q. / MADE IN JAPAN”. The left of the monoblock is marked “03282”. The left side of each chamber is marked “**$”. The bottom of the monoblock is marked with proofs. The right of the top barrel is marked “SPECIAL STEEL 12 GA – 2 ¾” – 28””. The inside of the forend iron is marked “03282” and the inside of the forend is stamped “03282”. The top tang, under the lever, is marked with the serial number. The forend iron, trigger guard, tang and frame feature Grade V engraving. There are game scenes on the frame, the left has two pheasants, the right has three waterfowl, and the bottom has a pointer and pheasant. The bottom of the trigger guard has an upland game bird. The left side of the receiver is marked “M. SHIMOMURA”.
Barrel Length: 28” Vent-Rib
Choke: Both Fixed Skeet
Sights / Optics: The gun is mounted with a white bead front sight and a white alignment bead at the midsection of the rib.
Weight: 8 lb., 0 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are checkered walnut with a pistol grip, fluted straight comb, wide finger groove forend, and brown rubber Browning buttpad. There is what appears to be a tiny hairline crack on the top of the wrist at the corner formed by the tang and frame. There are some draglines and a few little tiny compression marks, the most noticeable are on the left of the forend towards the receiver. The LOP measures approximately 14 1/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the unmarked black rubber buttpad and 13 1/4” to the wood. The drop at comb is approximately 1 ½” and at heel 2”. The cast is about neutral. The pad has light handling wear. The stocks rate in about Fine Plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Satin Gray
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright with no erosion.
Overall Condition: This gun retains about 98% of its metal finish. The frame has light wear from handling. The top tang has faint wear from use with the safety/selector. The barrels have a few very small marks into the finish, the most noticeable are on the bottom of the bottom barrel about 2 ½” from the muzzle and on the left side of the top barrel about 5” from the muzzle. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this gun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The shotgun features a single selective trigger and ejectors. The barrels lock up solidly. The safety does not engage automatically when the action is opened but does function properly when engaged manually. 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: Included is a Naugahyde case with a few light scuffs and marks from storage, in about Fine condition.
Our Assessment: Browning Citori shotguns are extremely dependable and make for great investments. This example is a beautiful Grade V example made in 1983 with attractive deeply engraved game scenes, checkered walnut stocks, and 28” 12 gauge barrels with fixed skeet chokes. This one looks to have seen little use and has only a few scattered marks that are hardly noticeable. No matter if you like Brownings, over unders, or engraved guns, this beauty is something you need to drop a bid on! Please see our photos and good luck!