SOLD FOR: $1125
Serial Number: 04528RPJ53
Year of Manufacture: 1978 (https://www.browning.com/support/date-your-firearm/citori-over-under-shotgun.html)
Caliber: 12 Ga. 2 ¾” or 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 “04528”. The left side of the top 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 ¾” AND 3″ – 28””. The inside of the forend iron is marked “04528” and the inside of the forend is stamped “4528”. The top tang, under the lever, is marked with the serial number. The bottom of the frame is marked “BROWNING / Citori” in gold. The sides of the receiver have scroll engraving. The engraving has a white color-fill.
Barrel Length: 28” Vent-Rib
Choke: Full over Modified, both fixed.
Sights / Optics: The gun is mounted with a steel bead on the rib at the muzzle.
Weight: 7 lb., 14 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are checkered walnut with a pistol grip, fluted straight comb, and finger groove forend. There are some scattered compressions, most are light. There are a few dings through the finish, the most noticeable are on the belly, right side of the buttstock, and left side of the forend at the rear. There are a couple of small light scratches. There are light handling marks. The checkering is sharp. The LOP measures approximately 14” from the front of the trigger to the back of the brown rubber Browning buttpad. The drop at comb is approximately 1 5/8″ and 2 3/8” at heel. The cast is about neutral. The pad has light handling wear. The stocks rate in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
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 some thinning on the bottom of the frame. There are a few light marks on the barrel set. There are a few little marks on the trigger guard including a faint hairline scratch. There is some light handling wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this gun rates in about Fine Plus condition.
Mechanics: Intermittently the trigger resets mechanically rather than inertially, otherwise 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: None
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. It has been made ever since in numerous calibers and configurations filling just about any role you could think of for an over under shotgun. This is an early example from 1978 and has a 12 gauge barrel set that measures 28″ and is choked Full over Modified. It has minimal wear and looks great, plus the bores are bright with no erosion. Intermittently the trigger resets mechanically rather than inertially. This ought to be a great shotgun for hunting or clay shooting for the lucky winner. Please see our photos and good luck!