SOLD FOR: $2430
Model: 525 Citori Sporting
Serial Number: 02124MV131
Year of Manufacture: 2005 (https://www.browning.com/support/date-your-firearm/citori-over-under-shotgun.html)
Caliber: 12 Gauge 2 3/4” 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 / MADE IN JAPAN/MIROKU”. The left of the monoblock is marked “02124”, “4”, “P”, “INVECTOR / PLUS”, and “30””. The bottom of the monoblock is marked with proofs. The right of the top barrel is marked “CITORI-SPECIAL STEEL 12 GA-2 3/4””. The inside of the forend iron is marked “02124” and the inside of the forend is stamped “XBE3508077”. The top tang, under the lever, is marked with the serial number. The sides and bottom of the receiver, forend iron, lever, top tang, trigger guard, and safety have scroll engraving. The bottom of the receiver is marked “525”.
Barrel Length: 30” Ported Vent-Rib
Choke: The barrels are threaded for chokes and are currently installed with Extended Modified over Improved Cylinder chokes.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a green fiber optic in a base fixed to the front of the rib. The rib has a white alignment bead at the midsection. The top of the rib has serrations perpendicular to the bore on the sides and serrations parallel to the bore in the center for glare reduction.
Weight: 8 lb., 0 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are checkered walnut with a pistol grip with right-handed palm swell, Schnabel tip forend, and fluted straight comb with adjustable height. There are light handling marks, no major defects. The checkering is mostly sharp. The LOP measures approximately 14 7/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the black rubber buttpad. The drop at comb is approximately 1 5/8” and at heel 2 3/8”. The pad has some light wear. The stocks rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Silver Nitride
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright with no erosion.
Overall Condition: This gun retains about 97% of its metal finish. There is a patch of dark discoloration on the right side of the frame along the top edge and a smaller area on the left side of the barrel set on the silver nitride shoulder that sits on the frame. There is light handling wear on the frame and barrel. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this gun rates in about Fine Plus 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 serial matching box, two spare triggers, choke wrench, and three extended chokes (Skeet, Modified, Full). There is included paperwork but no manual.
Our Assessment: Browning Citori shotguns are extremely dependable and make for great investments. The Citori was introduced in 1973 as an alternative to the highly successful Superposed model. This example is a Citori 525 Sporting Grade, with 28” barrels threaded for Invector Plus chokes and chambered for 12 gauge 2 ¾ inch shells. It features beautifully figured checkered walnut stocks and scroll engraving on its silver nitride receiver. Aside from the spots of discoloration on the receiver, it has wear consistent with a few shots at the range, retaining 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!