Browning 28 and 410 Citori 725–SHOT Show 2015

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Browning had a number of new products at SHOT Show this year.  One of the standouts was the new 725 Citoris in 28 gauge and .410.  The Citori line are direct descendants of the John Browning designed ( and strangely named) Superposed Shotgun.

The 725 is the newest version.  The Citori and the earlier Superposed both have relatively tall actions. The 725 line slims this down and lightens up the barrels to make a faster pointing and tracking shotgun. The new small bore 725s take it a step further in the weight saving department. These should be popular for younger shooter as the shooting shooting sports continue to gain traction with woman and kids.

Take a look at the photos below. The guns may not be as photogenic as some of the scatterguns we gawked over at SHOT, but they’re not meant to be beauty queens. Browning has stuck with tradition and blended metal and wood into a working gun that doesn’t stand on pretense. It is how these guns shoot that really counts.

The two in the middle are the new to the 725 Citori line.

The two in the middle are the new to the 725 Citori line.

Works just like the other 725 Citoris but a touch smaller.

Works just like the other 725 Citoris but a touch smaller.

receiver.  I like the gradual rise on the rib.

I like the gradual rise on the rib.

.410 chambers.

.410 chambers.

28 gauge.

28 gauge.

.410 barrels with chokes.

.410 barrels with chokes.

The 28 gauge (bottom) next to a full sized.  The receivers are a bit smaller.

The 28 gauge (bottom) next to a full sized. The receivers are a bit smaller.

Introduced at SHOT Show.

Introduced at SHOT Show.

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  • chris alisi February 5, 2015, 7:15 am

    go to any dove field in the south and see how many 28-410 gauges you find

  • Al February 3, 2015, 4:49 pm

    I have noticed 1 person here aware of the Browning Cynergy it is a major improvement on the Superposed redesigned to be “cost effective” read Citori, I can shoot a Browning Citori better than any variant of the 686, but the Cynergy just feels like it is part of you, BUT, you have to shoot one, looking at them most people do not like the shape, but I love how they shoot !

    • Mike February 4, 2015, 1:11 pm

      I shot a 12 ga sporting cynergy w 30″ ported barrels. I shot a round of skeet w it and the gun performed flawlessly. Built lower and w more locking surface – wee bit harder to put together but damn, it’s just aesthetically butt ugly. They thought it w be revolutionary and people w forget appearance for performance.

      When your paying $2K or more for a gun – aesthetic count.

  • Kyle February 3, 2015, 12:21 pm

    Im not really a shotgun or trap guy, I dont really get the point of 28ga or 410 especially of this quality. To me it looks like spending 1k on a really fancy 22lr. Am I missing something?

    • Derrick February 3, 2015, 7:09 pm

      Yeah, the 28ga is a fabulous upland gun. Great for quail, doves, grouse and woodcock. Nice to carry all day, swing nicely and who needs an ounce and an eighth of shot tearing up their birds when 3/4’s is plenty.

    • Ian Ainsley November 22, 2016, 7:53 am

      because they are great in england many people are now beginning to shoot the small gauges for driven game shooting and they are awesome if youve got the bottle to use them that is

    • Bruce Balisterri February 9, 2017, 2:21 am

      Yes, you are missing something, you are not a shotgun guy. Since you have little to no experience with sub-gauge guns, I understand what might be confusing to you. There is the value of owning a gun that will reliably fire thousands upon thousands and thousands of rounds with little recoil and still smash targets hard. Yes, I meant to add the third “thousands”! Then there’s just the esthetics of a nice looking gun. Some people like shooting a pretty gun that will last a lifetime, literally, and with care, be able to pass it on to a son/daughter, or better yet a grandchild. I can’t comment on spending 1K on a compound bow, but I do know good shotguns. They are worth it!

  • Jeffrey L. Frischkorn February 3, 2015, 10:18 am

    A long time ago in an employment mode far, far away I could afford buying a Citori. Three to be exact over the years. The only one I sold I have no regrets. It was a fabulously well-built model with 30-inch tubes but chambered for 3 1/2 inch magnums that I used for long-range goose hunting. It was a brute to carry and a brute on the shoulder when fired. I sold it and bought a softer-shooting semi-auto. Anyway, I still have the 20-gauge and a 12-gauge. Each is an “Upland Special” configuration; short barrels, straight-English style stock, no recoil pads and chambered only for 2 3/4-inch shotshells. I have used them for ducks (and every now and then geese over decoys) here in Ohio, woodcock in New Brunswick, Canada, early season sharptail grouse in South Dakota, and pheasants in Kansas. Maybe they are a bit dated engineering and configuration wise and perhaps both of my brothers can’t stand their English-style stocks but I love them both equally.

  • Chuck Oberling February 3, 2015, 10:14 am

    Yes couldnt wait and also went Berreta small gauge but will diff check these out. Also couldnt wait for Browning to stop putting ports in their sporting clay 725s 12g & 20g and bought Berreta s Nice to see they stopped punch holes in good barrels this year.

  • S.D. February 3, 2015, 10:05 am

    I have a Citori superlite in 410… (straight stock, choke tubes, high polish blued receiver), would love a 28 and a 20 Ga.

  • Bill February 3, 2015, 9:41 am

    Waited. Waited. Got tired of waiting. Bought a Berrata.

  • Aaron February 3, 2015, 8:35 am

    What a missed opportunity by Browning!
    A 7 pound 4 oz 28 gauge? No thanks. Especially when the 725 20 gauge Featherweight weighs 5 lbs 14oz, and the 12 weighs 6 lbs 9 oz.
    I agree that I hope Browning releases the 725 in a 16 gauge, but please make it a Featherweight & not one of these bricks!

  • Joe Styke February 3, 2015, 8:19 am

    Looks a lot like the Grade VI in the small guage set. I’ll be intrested to see the fit and feel.

  • Chet fannon February 3, 2015, 7:55 am

    Are these guns available now ? What are the prices for the 28 and 4-10 gauges ?

  • chris alisi February 3, 2015, 6:18 am

    now if they would just do this in 16 gauge

    • Greg February 3, 2015, 7:16 am

      Amen to a 16 ga version.

      • Darryl February 3, 2015, 5:56 pm

        I would love to see the 16 gauge make a come back. I shoot my A5 16 at clay’s alot. More shot than a 20 but not the recoil of a 12.

  • John F Esposito February 3, 2015, 5:43 am

    thank you for making something everyone wants, now make it available to all of the gun dealers.
    Not just the big guys who sit on them for ever.

  • John February 3, 2015, 5:31 am

    Browning has produced a trim receiver, finally. Pics look good. It will be interesting to see if they have produced truly light weight barrels. A light, trim 28 gauge with 30 or 32 inch barrels should be a great clays gun.

    • RH February 3, 2015, 8:34 am

      Browning has had a thin receiver for a long time. You cant get any thinner than the receiver on the classic Cynergy. The Cynergy also had some very light barrel options. I don’t think you know the Browning line as well as you think you do.

    • Aaron February 3, 2015, 8:37 am

      I agree John, except Browning did not make them light!

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