SOLD FOR: $1625
Serial Number: 05824PZ163
Year of Manufacture: 1981 (https://www.browning.com/support/date-your-firearm/citori-over-under-shotgun.html)
Caliber: 20 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 right of the top barrel is marked “SPECIAL STEEL 20 GA-2 3/4” AND 3”-26””. 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 inside of the forend iron is marked “05824” and the inside of the forend is stamped “5824”. The bottom of the monoblock is marked with proofs. The left side of the monoblock is marked and “05824”. The left side of the lower barrel is marked “3” and the left side of the upper barrel is marked “1”. The left side of the upper chamber is marked “*” and the left of the lower chamber is marked “**”.
Barrel Length: 26” Vent-Rib
Choke: Full over Modified, Both Fixed
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a metal bead set on the rib at the muzzle. The top of the rib is checkered for glare reduction.
Weight: 6 lb. 9 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are checkered walnut with a Schnabel tip forend, straight grip, and straight comb. There are some scattered draglines and a few light compressions, the compressions are mostly on the comb and belly. There are scattered light handling marks. The checkering is mostly sharp but there are a couple light marks, most noticeable on the right side of the forend. The LOP measures approximately 14 1/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the aftermarket black rubber buttpad and 13 5/8″ to the wood. The drop at comb is approximately 1 3/8” and at heel 2 1/4”. The cast is about neutral. The pad has some light handling wear. The stocks rate in about Excellent 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 scattered light marks through the finish. There is some finish loss on the trigger. The safety has gone plum. There are some light handling marks. There is standard operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this gun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The lockup is tight. 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 has 26” barrels chambered for 20 Gauge 3 inch shells that are choked Full Over modified. With its straight grip stock and Schnabel tip forend, this Citori is certainly a looker that will turn some heads at the range. This one has a tight lockup, bright bores, and a lot of original finish with hardly anything in the way of wear, you would never guess that it is over 40 years old. This ought to be a great shotgun for hunting or clay shooting for the lucky winner. Please see our photos and good luck!