The Self-Adjusting Locking Bolt is found in every Browning Citori and is operated by the thumb lever that opens the breech. It is smartly designed to self-adjust over time with the wear of thousands of rounds. As wear occurs, the locking bolt seats itself deeper into the monoblock to keep the lockup between the receiver and monoblock tight. This setup is why people say that a "Citori wears in, not out.
The Citori White Lightning is a fine example of the Citori breed. It features a silver nitride finish and a traditional engraving pattern on the receiver, richly blued barrels, gloss walnut stock and forearm and is available in 12, 20 and 28 gauge and .410 bore. These rugged guns are excellent for chasing pheasants, quail, doves and other upland birds. It can even hold it's own on a skeet or sporting clays range if called on.
In addition to smartly-designed parts like the Self-Adjusting Locking Bolt, the Citori gains it's reputation for strength, longevity and performance from several other features:
• Precision - The Citori is built with a level of hand assembly that is on par with many custom guns costing thousands of dollars more. You honestly get more than you pay for with a Citori. The tight tolerance wood to metal and metal to metal fit of a Citori is indicative of the careful hand finishing and assembly methods used to build the guns. From the hammer assemblies to the triggers to the ejectors, parts are not just hand assembled, they are hand fit to perfect tolerances. This level of detail ensures both flawless function and long-term reliability and longevity that other guns cannot match. A Citori undergoes more than 30 individual, human-performed fit, finishing and polishing techniques. This is more than any other mass production over and under shotgun. Real people mark, assemble, check, disassemble, file and fit — over and over again — until the fit of the parts is just right. Triggers are checked and re checked. Nothing is overlooked in the pursuit of shotgun perfection.
• Full-Width Hinge Pin - The hinge pin is the surface on which the barrels and monoblock pivot. It is a crucial structural element as it literally keeps the front of the monoblock from flying out of the receiver when the gun is fired. It is a high wear area also because the monoblock rides on it every time the breech is open. Unlike the side-mounted trunnions that do this job on other over and unders, the hinge pin on a Citori runs the full width of the receiver to provide unmatched strength and longevity. The full-width pin better distributes recoil forces and surface wear than trunnions because it is easier to perfectly fit the monoblock surfaces to the hinge pin which reduces stresses like twisting and uneven wear.
• Locking Lugs - A pair of massive locking lugs on the bottom of the monoblock are precisely fit into the bottom of the receiver. These lugs not only take the brunt of recoil force, they distribute it through the lower half of the receiver for improved recoil control.
• Coil Sprung Hammers - The hammers are sent into action by stout coil-type mainsprings that offer more consistent, reliable function than other types of springs.
These features are only part of the story. You know the Citori is more than just strong. It is a handsome gun. Naturally, our attention to detail carries into the appearance of the Citori; where wood and metal converge almost seamlessly. Here again, trained artisans carefully sculpt excess material from the stock to eliminate gaps in between parts. Wood is carved away in delicate ribbons where the latch is recessed into the forearm. Precision stamp and roll engraving is performed by modern, computer-controlled machines. Quality is checked and rechecked. Wood surfaces are finished and hand rubbed to ensure uniformity and a perfect match between the stock and forearm.
To ensure the Citori patterns as great as it looks, 12 and 20 gauge guns feature Vector Pro™ lengthened forcing cones. Vector Pro back-boring reduces friction between the shot cup and the bore to increase shot pellet velocity, minimize pellet deformity for more uniform patterns and reduce felt recoil. Browning was the first big-time manufacturer to put back-boring and its advantages into production shotguns. Vector Pro forcing cones taper gradually over a longer area to minimize shot deformation for maximum pattern uniformity, consistency and density and more shot right where it needs to be to bring down birds and smoke clays. Vector Pro back-bore specifications are the ideal bore diameters. Any larger and gases blow past the shot cup, resulting in reduced pellet velocity and blown shot patterns. If the bore is smaller, pellets are smashed into the forcing cone, leading to poor ballistic performance and uneven patterning.?
The proven Standard Invector (28 gauge, .410 bore) or Invector-Plus™ (12, 20 gauge) interchangeable choke tube systems are featured on every Citori shotgun and provide consistent, dense shot patterns in the constriction needed for the specific shooting situation. The longer choke taper inside an Invector-Plus choke tube works with Vector Pro™ lengthened forcing cones to produce dense patterns with uniform densities and fewer fliers. The superior designs of the Invector systems are far more durable than the choke systems found in competitors’ guns, especially when shooting steel shot loads. The Invector systems eliminate gases slipping between the choke tube and barrel that ?could damage both the choke tube and the barrel.
The final pieces to the Citori puzzle are the fit and handling that is nothing short of legendary. A Citori is designed to come to the shoulder quick with minimal effort. The balance is almost unbelievable and allows for intuitive pointing at your target and a smooth, easy follow through. Of course, the only way to know this is to take one for a swing. See your dealer and have them take one off the rack for you.
You may not know that the Citori is a direct descendent of John M. Browning's final project, the legendary Superposed. Though not the first over and under shotgun made, Mr. Browning believed in the single sighting plane of stacked barrels and set about designing a gun that would outlast and outperform earlier examples of the breed. Browning made the over and under stronger, sleeker, more user friendly and less expensive to manufacture. In total, Browning made and patented 68 modifications to the over/under shotgun design. After his untimely death, his son Val finished his fathers' work and the Superposed began production in 1931. US distribution of the Superposed ended in 1986. It is still available to this day, only through the Browning Custom Shop in Liege, Belgium.
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