SOLD FOR: $1905
Model: Citori Lightning
Serial Number: 23755NP131
Year of Manufacture: 1998 (https://www.browning.com/support/date-your-firearm/citori-over-under-shotgun.html)
Caliber: 20 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 “23755”. The left side of the top chamber is marked “INVECTOR / PLUS” and the bottom is marked “26””. The bottom of the monoblock is marked with proofs. The right of the top barrel is marked “INVECTOR-PLUS CITORI SPECIAL STEEL 20 GA – 2 ¾” AND 3″”. The inside of the forend iron is marked “23755” and the inside of the forend is stamped “HA27355”. The top tang, under the lever, is marked with the serial number. The bottom of the frame is marked “BROWNING / Citori”. The sides of the receiver have Grade I scroll engraving. The trigger guard has a BuckMark logo.
Barrel Length: 26” Vent-Rib
Choke: The barrel is threaded for chokes and installed with Full over Modified.
Sights / Optics: The gun is mounted with a bead on the rib at the muzzle. The rib is checkered for glare reduction.
Weight: 6 lb., 4 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are checkered walnut with a round bottom pistol grip, fluted straight comb, and Browning black plastic buttplate. There are a few compressions and little marks through the finish, the most noticeable are on the belly of the buttstock at the toe and on the left side of the buttstock. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures approximately 14 1/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the Browning buttplate. The drop at comb is approximately 1 1/2″ and 2 1/4” at heel. The cast is neutral. The plate has light handling wear and the edges are slightly proud. 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 are a few light handling marks on the receiver. The lower barrel has a few little spots of oxidation and discoloration from previous oxidation in front of the forend. There are a few little marks from use and storage. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. 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: 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 example is a Lightning Model from 1998 and has a 20 gauge barrel set that measures 26″ and is threaded for Invector Plus chokes. Based on its looks you would never guess its age, it looks great and functions just as well. The action is spot on and with its threaded barrels, this will excel at just about anything. There is just something irresistable about a 20 gauge over under, and if youre going to get one it might as well be a Citori. This ought to be a great shotgun for hunting or clay shooting for the lucky winner. Please see our photos and good luck!