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Rooster Road Trip Gun Review: Browning Cynergy Feather Composite

The Browning Cynergy Feather Composite 12 gauge. Photo by Rehan Nana, Pheasants Forever

The Browning Cynergy Feather Composite 12 gauge. Photo by Rehan Nana, Pheasants Forever

Until this week, I’d never shouldered an over/under shotgun. Hunting pheasants across five states in five days may not seem like the ideal time to not only switch shotguns, but switch from the only action (pump) you’ve known for nearly 20 years. Thankfully, the Browning Cynergy Feather Composite has made the transition seamless.

So seamless, in fact, the first longtail I swung on in North Dakota crumpled at the report of my first-ever o/u trigger pull. As I cracked the shotgun open to eject the spent shell, for a moment it seemed like my life was complete. Then, when the dog retrieved the bird and I put the Cynergy up on my shoulder for a memorable trophy picture, it was.

While this o/u isn’t yet a classic in the aesthetic sense, the black composite is striking enough to draw looks in the field, and the gold enhanced grayed finish is pleasing up close. The composite make also has an almost “sticky” feel to it, making for confident gripping and shouldering.

Weighing in at just 6 lbs. 7 oz, with an ultra-low profile, the Browning Cynergy Feather Composite is the type of shotgun you can carry around the field all day, or in my case, five consecutive days.

One North Dakota rooster escaped unharmed when I momentarily forgot I wasn’t carrying a pump. I had all night to brood about this golden hour operator error on the safety and one unfulfilled dog. I vowed not to let it happen again, that tomorrow is a fresh start. Seeing the next rooster flushed coming back to me in the mouth of a happy little dog made me feel like I’d been shooting this Cynergy my entire life. And if all we can do is live in the moment, I had been.

Anthony’s Antics Afield is written by Anthony Hauck, Pheasants Forever’s Online Editor. Email Anthony at AHauck@pheasantsforever.organd follow him on Twitter @AnthonyHauckPF.

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5 Responses to “Rooster Road Trip Gun Review: Browning Cynergy Feather Composite”

  1. erzola says:

    I won’t hunt with a gun that doesn’t have a wood stock. Period. The Browning Cynergy is an ugly gun. I will not hunt with an ugly gun. The ONLY time I would consider using an ugly gun was if I was a guide in Alaskan Grizzly country and wanted to keep an ugly no-maintenance 12gauge or such over my shoulder. You have to like the looks of your gun to make the whole experience enjoyable. That gun just looks like a tool.

  2. ChiliD says:

    Then don’t shoot it, I don’t recall the author of this article asking for your opinion.

  3. birdchaser says:

    I LOVE my Cynergys. I have two of them. A 12 gauge Sporting Carbon Fiber (composite) and a 20 gauge Cynergy Feather (wood). Send me that one, it’s just as gorgeous to me as my other two.

  4. tom says:

    Thanks but no thanks. I have a composite on my waterfowl pump but for our Sxs and O/u my wife and I use for upland, wood is the only material. My wife’s Franchi weighs 10 ounces less than the Cynergy and thanks to their recoil system, recoils almost 1/4 less than the Cynergy. At 5′ 3″, she can carry it all day and still shoot 3″ magnums if needed. When we teach firearms classes with the wildlife club, shooting clays as well as rifles, the kids love the Franchi for its weight.

  5. Ross says:

    You shoot the gun that feels comfortable, mounts quickly and is accurate. I don’t care what it looks like. I have an expensive O/U that looks great but, I hate shooting it.


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