SOLD FOR: $1225
Serial Number: 08557PZ153
Year of Manufacture: 1981 (https://www.browning.com/support/date-your-firearm/citori-over-under-shotgun.html)
Caliber: 12 Gauge 2 3/4” & 3” 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 “08557”, the upper chamber is marked “**” and the lower is marked “**-”. The bottom of the monoblock is marked with proofs. The right of the top barrel is marked “SPECIAL STEEL 12 GA-2 3/4” AND 3” 26””. The inside of the forend iron is marked “08857” and the inside of the forend is stamped “8857”. The top tang, under the lever, is marked with the serial number. The sides of the receiver are marked with scroll engraving. The bottom of the receiver is marked “BROWNING / Citori”. The bottom of the trigger guard has a Buck Mark logo.
Barrel Length: 26” Vent-Rib
Choke: Modified over Improved Cylinder, both Fixed
Sights / Optics: There is a strip of wood secured to the top of the rib with fishing line to make the rib higher, there is a metal bead at the front and a white bead at the midsection. The factory front sight bead is in place. We do not know if there is a mid bead.
Weight: 8 lb. 3 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are checkered walnut with a flat bottom pistol grip and straight comb. There are some scattered dings, scuiffs, compressions, and some little scratches. Some of the most noticeable marks are on the left of the forend towards the rear and on the left of the buttstock up towards the heel. A couple of the marks on the left of the buttstock have removed surface wood. The LOP measures approximately 14 ¼” from the front of the trigger to the back of the Browning brown rubber buttpad. The drop at comb is approximately 1 3/4” and at heel 2 1/2” as configured with the strip of wood on the rib, the strip of wood is about 1/4”. The cast is about neutral. The pad has some light handling wear. The stocks rate in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright with no erosion.
Overall Condition: This gun retains about 85% of its metal finish. The edges have finish loss. There is finish loss on the bottom of the receiver and on the bottom of the trigger guard. There are some scattered scuffs, rubs, and little nicks on the barrels and receiver. There is some finish loss on the barrels at the muzzle. There are some scattered draglines, rubs, and little scuffs on the metal. There is some finish loss on the trigger, lever, both tangs, and safety. A strip of wood has been tied onto the rib to make it taller. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this gun rates in about Very Good 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, manual, cleaning rod, and a pair of glasses. The case has some light wear on the interior from storage and there are some lost stitches on the exterior lining. The handle also has lost stitches and is starting to separate. The case rates in about Very Good condition. The glasses have a few scuffs and light scratches, in about Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: Browning Citori shotguns are extremely dependable and make for great investments. This example is a Citori with 26” barrels chambered for 12 Gauge 3 inch shells with fixed Modified & Improved Cylinder chokes. This one has seen some use and has finish loss but has strong mechanics, bright bores, and a tight lockup. This ought to be a great shotgun for hunting or clay shooting for the lucky winner! Please see our photos and good luck!