I started shooting in 1968, got into clay targets regularily in 1970 so my "early" years fall right into this time period.
I think the citori was built beginng in 1973??
Yes, this is correct, about the same time they brought out a "Liege" model, a less costly Belgian version (which was not sold very long). The Midwest history page shows the various "generations" of the Citori from 1973 - on.
What is the difference between a citori and a superposed?
They are very similar in function and design, the most immediately recognizable difference is the Citori's fore end is removed for take down, the Superposed's slides foreward but stays on the barrels.
Is a superposed a better built gun than a citori? Or is it just a less expensive version?
Get ready for the arguments
The Superposed made today is a very costly product of basically, for lack of a better word, a custom shop and its fit and finish should be near perfect.
The Superposed of 30 years ago was a production gun that was comparatively less costly and more common, this is the gun I remember and will refer to.
I was told when I was in my teens, "you will never wear out a Superposed and that they are trouble free". There was a man, recently passed away, that I knew that had one from the time I met him in 1970 until he passed away in 2001. His shot loose and had some of the more common issues; loose ribs that had to be repaired. His missed the "salt wood" problem.
The old ones are nice guns, that like some other models, have earned a good reputation but like all things, they have their "issues". In some cases, IMHO, the expectation and perception exceed the reality.
Which gun do you guys think is a better gun? And, did they make a superposed with invectors? Also, 1 last question, why is it when I post something it goes thru twice and I see 2 posts?
The Citori's I have seen apart have a better internal finish (i.e., fewer tool marks) in the action than the old production Superposed. Bear in mind, I have not seen a huge number of these guns apart so this is a limited observation.
I have seen Citori's with a lot of rounds through them and they seem to be just fine.
And, did they make a superposed with invectors?
Not "back in the day" as far as the production Superposed goes, Invectors came in in 1984, long after the Superposed was basically a custom proposition.
I watched the Superposed go from something that was on most gunshops racks, costing marginally more than the competion in 1970, to something a few years later that was quite pricey. Had the Citori not come along, there would not be very many Browning o/u's in the hands of target shooters and hunters as ther are today.
Some people still have the "made in Japan" thing but that is not me, I have no issues like that. Any gun I have bought or used that was made there has been very well made and finished for the price.
IMHO, the Citori has given us a nice looking, serviceable gun at a price most of us can afford. It has build up a great reputation on the clay target ranges where they are used to fire 1,000's of rounds per gun per year.
I am currently "kicking tires" and would quite happily buy a another Citori; that is if I don't decide to get a BT99 to complement my Citori Grade I Trap.