Gun Review: Cabela’s 50th Anniversary Edition Browning Citori Superlight Feather
For those of you that have read the “Gun Shop” column in Pheasants Forever Journal in the past, you already know I am a big fan of classic Browning Shotguns. I saved tips for my first A-5. The Browning Citori is no exception. My first student loan helped me get my Citori. Seems I am not alone in my admiration of this iconic powerhouse.
Cabela’s also feels the Citori embodies classic tradition with style and speed, so much so that they have worked with Browning to develop the Cabela’s 50th Anniversary shotgun. They started with the Citori Superlight Feather 12 gauge as the base to start with and customized from there. The base model comes with a straight English stock and a lightweight alloy receiver. Both keep the weight down while making the gun extremely fast handling, always a bonus on a rocketing rooster! That said, you could not just throw some engraving on this and call it special or a collector piece.
What makes this Citori different from the standard Superlight? The first thing you will notice is the beautiful wood used in the stock and the forearm. This Citori has stepped up to a Grade VII wood. For the barrels they also kicked it up a notch by adding 2” to the barrels, which I felt really gave this Superlight a smooth swing. The weight not only makes this Citori quick but also a dream to carry for a full day in the field. The upgrade in the wood and longer barrels makes this a truly unique Citori. But they did not stop there. The Cabela’s 50th Anniversary logo is also engraved on the bottom of the receiver, giving this gun an extra touch of class without making it gaudy. Top that off with a very limited production run of only 200 and you have a true collectable firearm.
This gun is one that you would be proud to own. With a price tag at $2999 – only $600 above MSRP of a standard Citori Superlight Feather – you have the choice to hide it in the safe or, better yet, get out on a bright fall day and bag yourself a couple roosters. It looks like I may have to save a few more tips, or go back to school…
The Pheasant Fest blog is written by Brad Heidel, Pheasants Forever’s Director of Corporate and Special Event Sales. Look for Brad’s column, “The Gun Shop,” in the Pheasants Forever Journal.
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