Browning Model 425 Citori Sporting Clays 20 GA 30″ Ported O/U Shotgun 1995
SOLD FOR: $1775
Model: 425 Citori Sporting Clays Grade I
Serial Number: 34119NVK33
Year of Manufacture: 1995 (https://www.browning.com/support/date-your-firearm/citori-over-under-shotgun.html)
Caliber: 20 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”. The left of the monoblock is marked “34119”, “M”, “2”, “INVECTOR / PLUS”, and “30””. 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 3/4””. The inside of the forend iron is marked “34119” and the inside of the forend is stamped “BA34119”. The top tang, under the lever, is marked with the serial number. The sides and bottom of the receiver have scroll engraving. The sides of the receiver are also marked with Buck Mark followed by “BROWNING” and the bottom of the receiver is also marked “GRADE 1 / Mod. 425”. The trigger guard is marked with a Buck Mark.
Barrel Length: 30” Ported High Post Vent-Rib
Choke: The barrels are threaded for chokes and are currently installed with Skeet over Skeet chokes.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a white bead in a base fixed to the front of the rib. The rib has a white alignment bead at the midsection. The rib is serrated for glare reduction.
Weight: 7 lb., 2 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are checkered walnut with a pistol grip, Schnabel tip forend, and fluted straight comb with adjustable height. The comb has been sanded and reprofiled. There are some scattered light draglines and a few minor compressions, the most noticeable are on the belly. There is a ding into the wood on the edge of the pistol grip. There are a few scuffs on the front of the pistol grip that have thinned the finish. The checkering is mostly strong. The LOP measures approximately 14 1/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the black rubber buttpad and 13 1/4″ to the wood. The drop at comb is approximately 1 3/8”, at the rear of the comb is 1 1/2″, and at heel 2 1/4″. The pad has some light wear. The stocks rate in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Silver Nitride
Finish Originality: The receiver is Original, the barrel set is Refinished and was refinished when the rib was installed and the barrels were ported.
Bore Condition: The bores are bright with no erosion.
Overall Condition: This gun retains about 95% of its metal finish. There is light handling wear on the receiver. There are a few little scuffs on the trigger guard. The barrel set has a plumish hue in certain areas, most noticeable on the bottom of the lower barrel. There are a few little marks on the barrels. The rib has some slight movement to the posts but the posts are secure. There are a couple of little spots of light oxidation on the barrels. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this gun rates in about Fine condition as custom.
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. This example is a Citori 425 Sporting Grade, with 30” barrels threaded for Invector Plus chokes and chambered for 20 gauge 2 ¾ inch shells. It features beautifully figured checkered walnut stocks and scroll engraving on its silver nitride receiver. This one has had a high post rib installed and has also been ported with the same pattern of porting that was exclusive to the 12 gauge version of this model. When the rib was installed and the barrels were ported, the barrel set had a new blued finish applied. The rib has some light movement to the posts, but this should be an easy issue to resolve. Aside from the spots of minor wear, 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 clay shooting for the lucky winner. Please see our photos and good luck!