Browning is expanding on its timeless Citori 725 series of over-under shotguns with the addition of a new 20-gauge Field model and a 20-gauge Sporting model. These classy shotguns need a safe place for storage and Browning has that covered, too, with the announcement of their new Hunter Series safes.
While both the Field and the Sporting model shotguns feature quality touches like a laser-engraved receiver with gold accents, deeply checkered black walnut furniture, a gloss oiled and silver nitride finish and the same renowned construction, the Sporting model adds a few touches that are more suited for clays than putting dinner on the table, including ported barrels and a fiber optic bead front sight.
A view of the action (photo credit: Browning).
Apart from being chambered for the lighter shells they are no different from similar 12-gauge Citori 725 over-unders. They are built on the same low-profile receivers, have full-width hingepins for a lifetime of shooting and tapered locking bolt to minimize wear.
Like all Citori shotguns these new 20-gauge models use Invector-DS chokes and they come with three extended Invector-DS chokes, Full, Modified and Improved Cylinder, or in the case of the Sporting models, Full, Improved Modified, Modified, Improved Cylinder and Skeet.
And like the 12-gauge shotguns, the 20-gauge Citori 725 over-unders use Browning’s back-bored barrels with extended forcing cones for less pellet deformation resulting in more even, consistent shot patterns.
They also sport Browning’s Influx recoil pad technology that helps tame the recoil of these break-action shotguns.
The Field model is offered with 26- or 28-inch barrels and weighs about 6 1/4 inches. The Sporting model is offered with 28- 30- and 32-inch barrels and weighs closer to 6 1/2 pounds, depending on barrel length. All of these variants are lightweight and should be very fast and easy to point, even for beginning shooters.
These models are priced in-line with other Citori 725 shotguns and start at $2,469. This makes them some of the more approachable Citori over-unders that can have price tags upwards of $9,000.
New Hunter HR 37 stocked (photo credit: Browning).
Of course with shotguns of this class it’s considered a good idea to keep them locked up in a real gun safe. To help people save up for a new Citori shotgun Browning is pleased to introduce its new Hunter Series of fire-resistant gun safes.
The Hunter Series isn’t Browning’s most entry-level safe series, like the Bronze or the Classic series, which can be found for a little less, but have a larger capacity and a little more flexibility when it comes to storing guns.
These are fire-rated for 1,200-degree heat for up to 60 minutes and use a manual 3-spoke lock. The safes use 11-gauge steel and have 1-inch formed doors. Available with 26 or 37 cubic feet of storage, the Hunter safes weigh 670 pounds and 830 pounds, respectively.
For more information head over to the Field and Sporting product pages. Details about the Hunter safes can be found here.