Citori 725 Earns the 2013 Guns and Shooting Online Best Shotgun Award.
Release Date: 10/21/2013
Browning always carefully watches the Guns and Shooting Online Awards each year presented by the Chuck Hawks team at www.chuckhawks.com .
Why? Because Mr. Hawks and his editors have always been an independent bunch, with their readers being more important than any other consideration. So when the Guns and Shooting Online team hands out their annual awards we listen. This year the awards include a shotgun we consider one of the most important firearms in Browning's recent history: the new Citori 725.
These fine shotguns are as functional as they are beautiful,
deserving recipients of our 2013 Shotgun Award.
Below is the news release from Mr. Hawks and his team along with a few comments on why they gave both the 725 Grade III and Grade V the 2013 Shotgun award.
Guns and Shooting Online 2013 Awards
By the Guns and Shooting Online Staff
It amuses us that most outdoor publications announce their annual award winners in January or February, right after new products are announced at the SHOT Show. How do they know these products are actually worth recommending? Of course, at that time, no one knows if the featured products will actually work in the field or how well they will hold-up to hard use. In reality, these early year awards are just a reward to the publications' major advertisers. We do things differently at Guns and Shooting Online.
Now that 2013 is almost in the books (these awards are being announced in October 2013) and we have had some time to appreciate the featured products, it is time for us to select the winners of the Guns and Shooting Online Shotgun, Rifle, Handgun and Optics of the year awards. To receive this award, products do not have to have been introduced in 2013 or advertised on Guns and Shooting Online; they just have to be available during the year and, of course, exceptional. 2013 was a good year for shooters, as you can see from the products honored below.
Above: Citori 725 Grade V
Shotgun Award: Browning Citori 725 Grade III and Grade V
Browning introduced high grade Citori 725 O/U shotguns for 2013. These are elegant O/U guns with silver nitride finish steel receivers, high relief engraving, highly polished and gloss blued VR barrels, high grade walnut stocks with gloss varnish finish, field type black recoil pads, 22 lpi checkering, selective hammer ejectors and Browning's FireLite selective single trigger. The barrels are struck full-length, not mono-blocked, and provided with ivory front and mid-bead sights.
The Grade III version comes with grade III/IV walnut and the game scene engraving features pheasants on the left, mallards on the right and a hunting dog on the bottom of the receiver. Grade V is more elaborately engraved with 100% receiver coverage with gold pheasants and mallards. Grade V guns come with very highly figured grade V/VI walnut and include a fitted Crazy Horse, wood frame, canvas/leather covered hard case.
These fine shotguns are as functional as they are beautiful, deserving recipients of our 2013 Shotgun Award.
Citori 725 Grade III
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