Browning® Citori® CX 12 Ga 3″ 32″ Barrel w/ Adjustable Comb


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A new concept in getting more for your money. The Browning Citori “crossover” shotgun is designed to be adaptable to all the clay target games, – trap, skeet and sporting clays – and still be adept in the game field without being too heavy or cumbersome to carry all day long. The Citori CX is the ideal choice for someone wanting to participate in all three of the major clay target games without having to buy a purpose-built gun for each.

Specialized features for performance. The Triple Trigger System on the CX allows the user to select from three different optional trigger shoe profiles to create their perfect finger-on-trigger position.


  • Transverse-mounted, full-width tapered locking bolt and monoblock recess for maximum strength and longevity
  • Stronger and longer lasting Full-Width Hinge Pin
  • Inflex Recoil Pad II
  • Inertia Trigger
  • Hammer Ejectors
  • Chrome Chambers for increased durability, corrosion resistance and easier cleaning
  • Steel Shot Performance
  • Total Barrel Dynamics
  • Vector Pro Lengthened Forcing Cone
  • Invector-Plus Choke Tube System
  • Back-Bored Technology
  • Versatile 60/40 POI is ideal for hunting and all clay target sports
  • Graco adjustable comb makes it easy to dial-in a perfect fit
  • Gloss finish Grade II American walnut stock
  • Gold enhancement
  • Three Position Trigger with one trigger shoe
  • Ivory bead sight and mid-bead
  • Three extended Midas Grade choke tubes
  • Crossover model for hunting/sporting clays/skeet/trap



Canada Legal Classification Non-Restricted Action Break
Handedness Ambidextrous Optic Interface Vent Rib
Rear Sight Fixed Ivory Mid-Bead Front Sight Fixed Ivory Bead
Default Sight Radius (in; cm) N/A Grip Type Stock Integrated Pistol Checkered 20 LPI
Pistol Grip Cap None Trigger Type Modular Shoe, Adjustable Position Triple Trigger System; (1) Supplied Trigger Shoes
Trigger Material Steel, Gold Plated Trigger Compatibility Browning Citori
Min Trigger Pull (lbs; N) ~4; 17.8 Max Trigger Pull (lbs; N) ~4; 17.8
Observed Trigger Pull (lbs) ~4 Safety Manual 2-Position Tang w/ Selector
Manual Safety Position Rear Receiver Tang Magazine Interface None
Magazine Compatibility N/A Capacity 2
Default Length (in; mm) 49; 1244.6 Min Length (in; mm) 49; 1244.6
Max Length (in; mm) 49; 1244.6 Min Width (in; mm) ~1.6; 40
Max Width (in; mm) ~1.6; 40 Min Height (in; mm) ~7.1; 180
Max Height (in; mm) ~7.1; 180 Weight w/o Mag (lbs; kg) N/A
Weight (lbs; kg) 8.5625; 3.88388467 Accessory Interfaces None


Operation Boxlock Action Size Standard
Receiver Type Browning Citori Lower Receiver Material Steel
Lower Receiver Finish Polished Blued Upper Receiver Material Steel
Upper Receiver Finish Polished Blued Stock Interfacing Mechanism Direct to Receiver via Threaded Stock Bolt
Stock Interfacing Mechanism Material Steel Stock Interfacing Mechanism Finish Standard
Barrel Interfacing Mechanism Direct to Receiver Barrel Securing Mechanism (3) Locking Lugs
Barrel Securing Mechanism Material Steel Barrel Securing Mechanism Finish Polished
Recoil Lug None Recoil Lug Material N/A
Recoil Lug Finish N/A Feed Type Direct Insertion
Ejection Barrel Mounted Spring Mounted Ejector Ejection Direction Rearward
Bolt Type Receiver Bolt Material Steel
Bolt Finish Polished Blued Bolt Head Type Part of Receiver
Bolt Lock Boxlock Operating Handle Top Receiver Mounted Lever
Operating Handle Material Steel Operating Handle Finish Polished Blued
Bolt Hold Open None Bolt Release None
Trigger Guard Type Attached to Receiver Trigger Guard Material Steel
Trigger Guard Finish Polished Blued Trigger Guard Engraving Buck Mark in Gold
Magazine Release Type N/A Magazine Release Position N/A
Magazine Cutoff N/A Anti-Release Magazine Lock Mechanism N/A


Stock Type Receiver Attached Pistol Grip Full Size Stock Fit Browning Citori
Stock Material Black Walnut, Grade II Stock Finish Gloss
Buttpad Soft Synthetic Inflex 2, Large Adjustable Length of Pull (3) Trigger Shoe Positions
Default Length of Pull (in; cm) 14.25; 36.195 Min Length of Pull (in; cm) ~14.2; 36.7
Max Length of Pull (in; cm) ~14.3; 36.3 Adjustable Comb Yes
Min Drop at Comb (in; cm) ~1.1; 2.8 Max Drop at Comb (in; cm) 1.75; 4.445
Min Drop at Heel (in; cm) 2.25; 5.715 Max Drop at Heel (in; cm) 2.25; 5.715
Adjustable Cast 1/4″ On or Off Range Adjustable Pitch No


Forend Type Receiver and Barrel Mounted Semi-Beavertail Forend Fit Browning Citori
Forend Material Black Walnut, Grade II Forend Finish Gloss w/ 18 LPI Checkering


Barrel Length (mm) 812.8 Caliber Marking 12GA
Chamber Size (mm) 76 Steel Shot Rating SAAMI Spec
Barrel Profile O/U w/ Narrowing 3/8″ to 5/16″ High-Post Rib Barrel Material Steel
Barrel Finish Polished Blued Chamber Finish Chrome Plated
Rifling None Twist Rate N/A
Choke Pre-installed Extended Midas  F, M; Supplied MidasExtended IM Choke Thread Browning Invector-Plus

Additional Information:

A direct descendant of John M. Browning’s Superposed, the Citori is the quintessential representative of the Browning brand. Action components are manufactured to exacting tolerances, heat-treated for strength, and carefully assembled using the traditional lampblack-and-file method to ensure precise fit. Wood-to-metal fit is impeccable. It is this extreme level of craftsmanship that leads to the dependable function, admirable appearance, championship performance and respect from generations of shotgunners.

The beauty of a Citori runs more than just skin deep, it’s performance is something to behold. An accomplished shotgun competitor himself, it was Mr. Browning’s belief that a shotgun with the barrels stacked one above the other, and with a single sighting plane, would be superior to the side by side models popular in his day. The Citori is nimble to the shoulder and deftly swings to the target with time-honored, natural grace. Whether for target sports or hunting, the stock and forearm dimensions and style are optimized for each model. Another aspect of the well-earned reputation of the Citori lies with it’s durability. The full-width hinge pin and tapered locking lug design easily outlasts trunnion-style guns and why hunters and shooters say that a “Citori wears in, not out.”

Legacy, beauty, performance, and durability … it’s all here. Get a Citori in your hands and see for yourself. Only then will you fully understand why the Citori is the best-selling over and under shotgun in the world.

Features of the Citori

Full-Width Hinge Pin

The monoblock hinges on a strong full-width hinge pin that is significantly stronger and more durable than trunnion designs.

Tapered Locking Bolt

A transverse-mounted, full-width tapered locking bolt fits into the monoblock recess and self-adjusts for wear to keep the action locked-up tight.

Steel Receiver

Receivers (except Feather models) are machined from steel and feature either a traditional blued finish or a silver nitride finish that offers improved wear resistance, increased fatigue strength and added protection against corrosion.

Inertia Style Trigger

Tried, true and reliable, Citori shotguns use an inertia-style trigger that borrows recoil from the first shot to set the hammer for the next shot to be fired.


The ejectors are activated by a sharp strike for more positive ejection compared to the push imparted by competitors’ ejectors. Fired hulls are ejected when the breech is opened and unfired shells are elevated for easy removal.

Precision Barrels

Browning shotgun barrels are noted for their quality construction that emphasizes durability with features that optimize shot pattern performance.
Floating Rib

A floating rib prevents point of impact shifts caused by barrel heating as it allows the rib and barrel to expand independently.

Choke Tubes

12 and 20 gauge models receive the Invector-DS Interchangeable Choke Tube System and 28 gauge and .410 bore models benefit from the Standard Invector system.

Point of Impact

Depending on the end use, Citori shotguns have different points of impact (POI). The flat 50/50 POI is preferred when a target presentation can come from any direction, like a target soaring in from overhead on a sporting clays course or a pheasant erupting from the brush. The versatile 60/40 POI is great for all clay target sports and hunting as it allows the shooter to float the target slightly to improve the sight picture. Shotguns with a 70/30 POI are more suited to trap, where the higher POI allows a rising target to be visible when the trigger is pulled.

Point of Impact (POI) is an issue with all types of firearms and relates to the relationship between where you are aiming (or sighting) and the place where the bullet (or shot) is actually hitting down range.

Shotguns with ribs, beads and sights

The following information primarily details shotgun POI when a bead is involved. The chart below deals with Point of Impact for shotguns. Point of Impact (POI) is defined loosely as the relationship between the center of a shotgun pattern and a correct point of aim on the shotgun. Point of Impact and Point of Aim are closely related. You must use the correct Point of Aim to determine the POI of your shotgun.

The correct point of aim reference for shotguns can be different depending on your shotgun, your bead alignment/type or the type of shooting you are doing. For example:

  • Single bead shotgun: You would sight from the top of the front bead. This is the Point of Aim generally for single bead systems across the board: trap, sporting or hunting.
  • Mid-bead and front bead configuration: Found often on target guns. Correct Point of Aim is usually the top of the “Figure 8” which is formed when the front bead is stacked on top of the mid bead visually to the shooter. This is particularly true of trap guns.
  • Rib itself: Aiming with the flat plane of the rib itself and centering aim with the front bead is sometimes used for point of aim on hunting guns. As a POI reference, this method is less commonly used.

Shooters prefer sometimes desire different POIs for different situations, so our shotguns may have been calibrated by gun design engineers (prior to being manufactured) according to the end use of the gun. When testing, the shooter shoots at a dot or cross pattern on the center of the paper. The POI percentage is the percent of shot that falls above the dot and below the dot . . . always adding up to 100%. A 50/50 pattern — with half above and half below — would be common for many of our hunting guns.

The chart should give you a good idea of how it is calculated and how you can confirm your POI on your shotgun. Detailed instructions are below. You will need:

  • A safe range to do the testing
  • Quality ammunition
  • Several large pieces of paper (about four feet square usually works). An end roll of newsprint paper works well.
  • Something to hold the paper in place (a wooden frame, for example)
  • A way to measure a 30″ circle on the paper (for determining the center of the pattern)
  • A marker to put an aiming dot or “cross hair aiming point” on the paper
  • A bit of patience

Shotgun P.O.I. Testing Procedure

With our shotguns, all POI testing is done in our test tunnels at 40 yards. The only exception to the 40-yard test would be the .410. By industry standard, the .410 is tested at 25 yards. All guns are shot from a shooting bench using a front and rear rest much the same as what a bench rest shooter would use. A sheet of paper approximately 5’ square is used with a center aiming point of 6 inches.

The shooter will use the sight picture appropriate for the type of shotgun being tested. A flat sight picture is used for Field, Skeet, and Sporting Clays while a Figure 8 or stacked bead picture is for Trap Guns. In all cases, a 6 o’clock front sight hold on the target is used. 6 o’clock hold means sight bead held at the 6 o’clock position on the aim point.

The target is shot 3 times, the same as one would do to shoot a 3 shot group with a rifle. The purpose of the 3 shots is to give a denser pattern to work with. After 3 shots the pattern paper is recovered and a template 30 inches in diameter with a center hole is placed on the pattern and moved around to cover the most shot and the center marked. Removing the template, the shooter will measure from the center of the pattern to the center of the aiming point; up, down, right or left.

With these measurements one can determine where the center of the pattern is in relationship to the aiming point.

Standard Specifications: #38 11-18-10 JJH

Chrome Chambers

All Citori 725 shotguns feature chrome chambers for increased durability, corrosion resistance and easier cleaning.

Inflex II Recoil Pad

The Inflex II recoil pad uses directional deflection to send the comb down and away from the face, reducing felt recoil for greater shooting comfort and allowing faster, more accurate follow-up shots.

The Inflex Technology recoil pad is the most comfortable, effective pad available. That’s because Inflex Technology is more than a mass of recoil absorbing material, the innovation is engineered into the pad. Underneath the material, an internal skeleton has been designed using the concept of directional deflection. When a Browning with the Inflex recoil pad is fired, the pad collapses, but instead of simply moving to the rear, directional ribs pull the comb down and away from your face for even greater shooting comfort and faster follow-ups.

Inflex Technology is on several Browning rifles and shotguns. The same principles apply to the other Browning guns fitted with Inflex.

The new Inflex II Technology recoil pad is the next generation of the most recoil absorbing pad available. A softer new outer material provides even better recoil absorbing performance and is super slippery to prevent snagging on clothing when shouldering. Internal directional deflection construction guides the comb down and away from your cheek for greater shooting comfort and faster, more accurate follow-up shots.

Tree Position Trigger

Featured on target models, the adjustable Three Position Trigger allows the trigger shoe to be set in one of three positions to fine-tune finger-to-trigger reach. One trigger shoe is included.

Triple Trigger System

Certain Citori target models may include the Triple Trigger System that offers three position finger to trigger reach adjustment and three interchangeable trigger shoes for a truly personalized fit.

Safety/Barrel Selector

Placed within easy reach on the top tang, the safety and barrel selector switch is intutive to operate and allows you to select which barrel fires first.

Adjustable Comb

Certain models feature an adjustable comb to customize stock dimensions such as cast and drop. An adjustable comb will help you achieve a perfect fit to your shotgun and a repeatable mount that instinctively puts your eye consistently in alignment with the sights.

Total Barrel Dynamics

Whether you’re on the range cruising to victory or swinging onto a covey of quail, the shot pattern your gun produces is vital. 12 and 20 gauge Citori 725 shotguns feature Total Barrel Dynamics – the combination of a lengthened Vector Pro forcing cone, Back-Bored Technology and the Invector interchangeable choke tube system – working in unison to optimize shot pattern performance. Each component of Total Barrel Dynamics plays a part to reduce shot deformation, improve pattern density, and put more pellets on the target.

Importantly, Total Barrel Dynamics is limited to Browning’s highest performance shotguns. Some other shotguns have some aspects of the concept, but only a few special shotguns have all. Namely 12 and 20 ga. Citori 725 shotguns, A5 and Maxus shotguns. BT-99 trap guns. Note that no 10 ga., 16 ga., 28 ga. and 410 bore shotguns utilize the system. Nor does any versions of the Browning Silver.

  1. Vector Pro
    • Longer is better. The advantages of a lengthened forcing cone.
      • The forcing cone is the tapered transition between the chamber and the bore that constricts the shot column. The longer the forcing cone is, the more gradual the constriction.
      • A gradual constriction reduces stress on the shot column as it passes into the bore, resulting in fewer deformed pellets. Less pellet deformation produces more uniform patterns and keeps more pellets in the central part of the pattern. Vector Pro is better than the competitors’ forcing cone designs because of the more gradual constriction.
      • Lengthening forcing cones is a popular and expensive aftermarket practice done to increase shot pattern performance. But it comes standard on A5, Maxus, BT-99 and on 12 and 20 gauge Citori and Cynergy models. (Not found on the Browning Silver.)
      • Browning was the first manufacturer to recognize the advantages of a back-bored barrel. With select shotguns Browning has gone a step further with Vector Pro, featuring a longer forcing cone than found on other systems. This long, gradual taper minimizes shot deformation and maximizes pattern uniformity, consistency and density. Back-boring increases bore diameter to its maximum specification, reducing friction between the shot cup and the barrel to propel the shot pellets to a higher velocity and reduce felt recoil by the shooter.
      • Reducing constriction from the forcing cone on the shot column results in fewer deformed pellets for more uniform patterns, and keeps more pellets in the central part of the pattern where they need to be to bag birds and targets. Browning’s back-bore specifications represent the ideal bore diameter. A larger bore diameter can let gases slip by the shot cup, resulting in both reduced pellet velocity and blown patterns. A smaller bore diameter means the forcing cone can deform pellets, leading to poor ballistic performance and uneven, spotty pellet coverage on the target. The Vector Pro system provides a solution that is just right.
  2. Back-Bored Technology
    • What is back-boring?
      • Back-boring enlarges the bore to the maximum diameter to increase shot velocity, minimize pellet deformity for more uniform patterns and reduce felt recoil.
      • Extensive testing has shown that Back-Bored Technology reduces the friction between the shot cup and the bore, but does not allow gases to slip past the shot cup that would result in reduced pellet velocity and blown patterns.
      • Back-Bore Technology specifications minimize shot deformation and maximize pattern uniformity, consistency and density. Back-Bored Technology is standard on A5, Maxus, BT-99 and on 12 and 20 gauge Citori, Cynergy, BPS and Silver models.
      • Browning was the first firearms company to offer factory back-boring to shotguns for reduced recoil and improved patterns. Back-boring increases the inside bore diameter to its ideal, maximum allowable specification. This reduces friction between the shot cup and the barrel, allowing the energy developed by the powder to propel the shot pellets to a higher velocity.
      • Reducing friction from the forcing cone on the shot column also results in fewer deformed pellets for more uniform patterns and keeps more pellets in the center of the pattern.
      • Extensive research and testing has proven that when it comes to back-boring, .742″ is the ideal interior barrel diameter for 12 gauge, ensuring tight, consistent patterns. Any larger and gases blow by the shot cup and reduce pellet velocity. Too small and the pellets are deformed as they pass through the forcing cone, causing poor ballistic performance.
  3. Invector-DS or Invector Plus
    • Taking choke tubes to the max.
    • To maximize versatility and optimize shot pattern performance, Citori shotguns feature the reliable Invector-Plus system. The consistent, reliable shot patterns you need with unmatched durability.
    • The proven Invector-Plus interchangeable choke tube system works hand-in-hand with Vector Pro and back-boring to offer consistent, dense shot patterns with just the constriction needed for the shooting situation. The longer choke taper inside an Invector-Plus choke tube produces consistent patterns with more uniform densities and fewer fliers. The superior design of the Invector-Plus system is far more durable than the choke systems found in our competitors’ guns, especially when shooting steel shot. Invector-Plus eliminates gases slipping between the choke tube and barrel that could damage the choke tube and the barrel.
    • Browning shotguns with Invector-Plus are supplied with a variety of choke selections and configurations depending on the model. Most Browning shotguns with Invector-Plus feature flush mounted versions in various finishes. Extended tubes are standard on some models and are also available as accessory items from Browning.


Total Barrel Dynamics, including Vector Pro, is found primarily on select, back-bored 12 and 20 gauge models. Any shotguns with the characteristics below DO NOT have the full Total Barrel Dynamics package of features as listed.

  • No small gauges (specifically 28 ga. and .410 bore)
  • No 10 gauge Browning shotguns
  • No 16 gauge Browning shotguns
  • No Browning Silver Model Shotguns
  • No Browning shotguns with Standard Invector choke tubes
  • With multi-gauge sets, 28 ga. and .410 bore barrel sets will NOT have Total Barrel Dynamics, Vector Pro or back boring
Item Number 018111302


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Weight 5.2 kg
Dimensions 93.3 × 25.5 × 8.8 cm

12 Gauge





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