Browning introduced the Citori in 1971, the fifth generation of John M. Browning’s famed B-25 Superposed, which rolled out in 1931 and grew to become the first over-under shotgun to gain favor with shooting enthusiasts. Models were produced by the factory until 1986 and today you can still buy a new one, although purchases must be made through Browning International’s Custom Shop.
Before you order, though, take a close look at the current Citori Lightning lineup. They have many of the same features that made the original family member a classic, and are still handcrafted, not mass produced.
The numbers indicate you’ll not be alone if you decide the modern iteration is more to your liking. The 725 version of the Citori may have been the number one over-under shotgun in 2019, but the Lightning models have ranked No. 3 in GunBroker.com’s annual sales rankings for the past three years.
There are three Lightning models currently available; White Lightning, Feather Lightning and Gran Lightning. MSRPs are, respectively, $2,669.99 to $2,739.99, $2,869,99 and $3,329.99 to $3,399.99. This branch of the Citori line gets its name from the rounded pistol grip, designed to speed the gun to the shoulder for those “lightning” fast birds. Each feature impeccable checkering and engraving, but the versions differ slightly in looks and features.
The Gran model is available in 12, 20 and 28 gauges, as well as .410 bore. Barrel lengths are either 26 or 28 inches and each feature the Invector-Plus Extended choke system. Three extended Midas-grade chokes are included. All chamber 3-inch shotshells, with the exception of the 28-gauge version, which digests 2 3/4-inch ammo.
The Feather comes in 12 and 20 gauge, with barrels of 26 or 28 inches in both chamberings. The big difference with this one is in the weight savings provided by its high-strength alloy receiver.
The metal on the White’s receiver is not blued, color case-hardened or colored in any way. It’s a special look and is available in the same chamberings, barrel lengths as the Gran.