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Browning 12 gauge Citori Lightning, Gr. 1


Central and North Louisiana


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What I Want:

$1100 for my gun. Open to full or partial trades on other firearms, +/- cash as needed. Looking for a Ruger Blackhawk in 44 magnum, S&W 586/686 in 357, 20 gauge pump or semiautomatic shotguns (no single shots), or Lever Action rifles in 243, 308, 44 magnum, or 45 LC. May be interested in others so let me know what you have. Beaters or broken guns are welcome too, just don't expect the trade value at retail price of a new one. I'm studying to be a gunsmith and need project guns to refinish and repair. NOT looking for 30/30's, 270's, .444's, ammo, or bows/crossbows.

What I Have:

The Browning website dates the serial number from 1989 (year code# PN), 12 ga. Lightning in Grade 1 (model# 753). This is a Miroku gun made in Japan with 28' barrels threaded for Invector choke tubes (not Invector Plus), and has 3' chambers. I purchased it used from a gun store in 2011 and have taken it on several hunts and trap shoots. Mechanically the gun is excellent. It functions flawlessly and locks up as good as a brand new one. I have 11 shotguns and 7 of them are 12 gauges. This one gets used the least so I'm willing to let it go to thin my herd. Or at least change it a little.

There is zero rust or pitting anywhere on the gun. It has recently been broken down, cleaned, and lubricated. The bores are bright and shiny and the choke tubes are not stuck in the barrels. It is a 29 year-old gun and has a few handling marks on the wood that you can see in the pictures. Otherwise this gun has been very well taken care of. Those few little dings are the reason I bought this gun instead of a new one. Scratching up a brand-new Citori would make any gun person sick to their stomach. I wanted a nice looking Citori that I wasn't afraid to hunt with. From the left or right side the gun looks great.

Handling Marks:

All of these items could be fixed and the gun would look like new again. All of my friends tell me I'm too picky about it and the gun looks great. They wore me down and ultimately I decided that none of them are that bad and to leave it as-is so I wouldn't be paranoid every time I used the gun. I don't buy safe queens. Scratching a new gun sucks, but scratching a gun that you have 20 or 30 hours refinishing would really suck. I just wanted to call out all of the little dings up-front. This is a grade 1 gun so it's meant to be used and was never really a collectors item anyhow. That's what the higher grade guns are for.

The bluing is 98% or better. Only a few very light scratches that can be seen only at the right angles in good light. I have seen brand new guns at gun stores with stuff like this, and worse. I would put the wood at 90%. See below for more details.

-A group of dent lines on the bottom of the stock near the butt pad. Looks like a previous owner had an accident putting this thing in a gun rack at some point. Noticeable from either side of the gun but doesn't stand out too bad.

-A group of small dents on the bottom rear of the fore end along the center. Not noticeable from either side of the gun.

-One small dent on the bottom rear of the fore end on the left side, approximately 3/8' long. Barely noticeable from the left side of the gun.

-One 1/4' wide by 3/8' long scuff on the bottom of the fore end, near the center and towards the front. Not noticeable from either side of the gun.

Bottom line is that this is still a beautiful gun in excellent mechanical condition with the heart-rending first few scratches already out of the way. You can take this gun out in the field and still make your friends drool. Or give this one to your kid or grandkid without them or you having to worry about scratching and dinging up a brand new $2000+ shotgun. It's still a beautiful shotgun that anyone can be proud to own. I have no problem keeping it. Like I said before, this one just gets used the least of all of my shotguns anymore so I thought someone else could use it.

Posted By Seth Winn

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