Browning Citori Superlight Grade I 12 GA 26″ English Stock O/U Shotgun 1987
SOLD FOR: $1201
Model: Citori Superlight Grade I
Serial Number: 01481PRA13
Year of Manufacture: 1987 (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 & MONTREAL P.Q. / MADE IN JAPAN”. The right of the top barrel is marked “SPECIAL STEEL 12 GA-2 3/4” 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 “01481” and the inside of the forend is stamped “1481”. The bottom of the monoblock is marked with proofs. The left side of the monoblock is marked and “01481”. The left side of the chamber is marked “INVECTOR”.
Barrel Length: 26” Vent-Rib
Choke: The barrels are threaded for Invector chokes and come installed with Modified over Improved Cylinder.
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: 7 lb. 0 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are checkered walnut with a Schnabel tip forend, straight grip, and straight comb. There are scattered nicks, scuffs, scratches, compressions, and draglines scattered over the wood. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is mostly sharp but has a few scattered light marks. The LOP measures approximately 14 1/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the black plastic buttplate. The drop at comb is approximately 1 1/2” and at heel 2 3/8”. The cast is about neutral, slightly off. The plate has some scattered light wear, most noticeable is wear to the toe. The stocks rate in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright with no erosion.
Overall Condition: This gun retains about 90% of its metal finish. There are some scattered scuffs that have thinned the finish and there is finish wear on the edges, most noticeable on the receiver. There are some scattered light handling marks. There is a dent on the rib about 10″ from the rear of the barrel. There are some spots of oxidation on the rib. There are some nicks and light hairline scratches. There is thinning and light discoloration to the bottom of the receiver and on the bottom tang. There are some scattered spots of minor surface oxidation. There are a couple of light scrapes and spots of minor erosion, most noticeable on the bottom of the lower barrel. There is standard operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this gun rates in about Very Good 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 12 Gauge 2 3/4 inch shells and the barrels are threaded for Invector Chokes. 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 some scattered wear but strong mechanics. This ought to be a great shotgun for hunting or clay shooting for the lucky winner. Please see our photos and good luck!