Sold for $4095.56
Model: Citori Lightning Grade VII, 7
Serial Number: 16205MR131
Year of Manufacture: 2007 (PR Date Code)
Gauge: 12 GA, 2 3/4″ Shells
Action Type: Over Under O/U, Top Break, Single Selective Trigger (Inertial) Shotgun with Ejectors
Markings: The left side of the upper barrel is marked “BROWNING ARMS COMPANY MORGAN, UTAH / MADE IN JAPAN/MIROKU”. The left of the monoblock is marked “16205”, “5”, “P”, “28”, and “INVECTOR / PLUS”. The bottom of the monoblock is marked with three proofs. The right of the top barrel is marked “CITORI SPECIAL STEEL 12 GA – 2 3/4″ AND 3””. The inside of the forend iron is marked “16205” and the inside of the forend is stamped “H16205”. The top tang, under the lever, is marked “16205MR131”. The receiver, bottom portions of the monoblock visible through the frame, portions of the monoblock at the top of the frame, forend iron assembly, trigger guard, safety, and barrel release all have beautiful Grade VII engraving. The bottom of the frame has an engraved dog in gold. The left of the frame has a game scene with three flying duck in gold, the right has a game scene with a dog and two flying pheasants in gold.
Barrel Length: 28”, Vent-Rib
Choke: The currently installed Invertor chokes are Full over Modified
Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a metal bead at the front of the rib. The top of the rib is checkered for glare reduction.
Weight: 6 lb., 2 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with a round bottom pistol grip, straight comb, and brown vent rubber Browning buttpad. There are a couple tiny compressions, most noticeable on the left side of the buttstock. There are a few light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is sharp. The LOP measures approximately 14 1/4″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad. The pad has some scattered light wear. Drop at comb is approximately 1 1/2″ drop at heel 2 1/8″. The cast is about neutral, slightly off. Overall, the stocks are in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blued with Coin Receiver, Gold Inlay & Gold Washed Trigger
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is no erosion in the bores.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 99% of its metal finish. There are no major defects, just light handling wear and some faint operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly including the ejectors. The barrels lock up with no play to the receiver. 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: Included is a serial matching box, paperwork including the manual, a choke wrench, and Improved Cylinder choke.
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 one is a 12 Gauge Grade VII that was made in 2007. It has beautiful scroll engraving and gold game scenes. The Citori is a thing of beauty with its sleek lines, add the engraving and you have a masterpiece. This shotgun is certainly a looker that will turn some heads but with its accessories and in such high condition, this is a prime contender to add to a collection. This is one of the classiest shotguns you can get your hands on, no matter if you collect Brownings, shotguns, or engraved guns this is something to bid on. Please see our photos and good luck!