SOLD FOR: $4005
Make: Browning, Mfg. by Miroku for British Market, Imported by BSA Millbrook, NY
Model: Citori Grade VII, 7
Serial Number: 66792MR
Year of Manufacture: 2007 (MR Date Code)
Gauge: 20 GA, 2 3/4″ & 3” Shells
Action Type: Over Under O/U, Top Break, Single Selective Trigger (Inertial) Shotgun with Ejectors
Markings: The right side of the upper barrel is marked “20GA – 2 3/4” AND 3” BROWNING S.A.”. The left side of both barrels is marked with British proofs and specifications. The left side of the monobloc is marked “66792”, “INVECTOR”, and “30””. The bottom of the monobloc is marked with three Japanese proof marks, “3”, and an import mark that reads “BSA NY / MILLBROOK”. The forearm iron is marked “66792” and the top of the forearm is marked “HT 66792”. 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 pheasant in gold. The left of the frame has a game scene with three flying ducks in gold, the right has a game scene with three flying pheasants in gold.
Barrel Length: 30”, Vent-Rib
Choke: The currently installed Invertor chokes are Full over Modified. A set of Briley extended chokes are also included and they are two Improved Cylinders, Full, Modified, Skeet, and Improved Modified.
Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a white plastic bead at the front of the rib and a small white alignment bead in the center. The top of the rib is serrated for glare reduction.
Weight: 7 lbs. 7.2 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with a pistol grip, straight comb, and black Kick-Eez buttpad. There is a blank initial plate in the belly. There are some dispersed draglines, compressions at the toe, and scattered tiny dings on the right side of the wrist. There are a few light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is sharp. The LOP measures approximately 15 1/4” & 14 1/4″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad and wood, respectively. The pad is soft and has some scattered light wear. Drop at comb is approximately 1 7/16″, drop at heel 2 1/8″. The cast is about neutral, slightly off. Overall, the stocks are in about Fine-Plus 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. In this writer’s opinion, the bores rate 10/10.
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 Browning carrying case with suede interior, paperwork including the manual, a choke wrench, and the mentioned Briley choke tube set.
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 20 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!