The Browning Gold is the most successful gas semi-auto shotgun Browning has ever produced, by a huge margin. It is also the most successful semi-auto Browning has produced since the A-5.
The Belgium made "Gold Series" includes not just the label of Gold, but all of the Winchester branded SX2 and SX3 shotguns as well. Call it a Gold, a Silver, or a Winchester SX2 / SX3 . . . it is a huge hit, and is not going away soon. Sure, there will be new models (we seem to like that) and discontinued models, meaning last year's production more than a change in the action. The number of "discontinued" Citori models is staggering, but the basic Citori action has not changed.
I'd expect the Gold to be around, in one form or another for many, many years.
After a talk with a Browning Customer Service rep today, it looks like the Gold is on the way out. According to the rep, 'The entire Gold line has been dropped for 2008 except for the Sporting Clays models'
I like the looks of the Silver better anyway, but he said they were not going to put speed-load on them, so it can stay a lower price line gun. How much can the 2 piece lifter cost anyway????
If that is the case, it is a change from a few weeks ago. I'll ask Browning management what the current position is.
There is only one consistent reason why guns are discontinued; sales and profits. History repeats itself again and again.
We "said" we loved the Model 12, the A-5, the Ithaca Model 37. We still say that. But, we seldom mean what we say . . . or vote for what we say with the only vote that ever counts, the vote we make when we make a purchase.
It is very difficult to make a radical distinction between the Gold / Silver / SX2 / SX3. Same platform, same action. If there are less "Gold" sku's for 2008, and more "Silver" sku's-- it just means that "we" voted for the Silver.
Why would they be dropping the Gold? I never particlularly liked the Silvers since they've been out. To me they're were the same as the "classic" semi humpbacks that they made until about 4 years ago. Looks cheaper to me. Check out this link... I personally don't think they're getting rid of the gold. http://www.browning.com/products/flash/gold.asp.
Although I do like the new Pheasants Forever edition silver, it looks pretty sharp!
I shot my best scores with a Browning Gold Sporting Clays. Too bad I was retarded and got rid of it. But at least I have a Citori now. It would definately be a shame if they discontinued the Gold. The only gripe I had was that I cleaned it way more than a different auto I had. But never had a hiccup with my Gold either.
My dealers catalog only listed
gold golden clays edition
gold sporting clays
gold ladies sporting clays
gold 10ga models
gold superlight hunter
I absolutely do not need it, but I have a hankering to buy an Evolve just to have one. Looking at Randy's list I might still have time? :?
Personally I like the Silver so the golds being phased out isn't a big deal to me, but what a blow to the gold freaks out there.
Browning is doing some house cleaning. A-bolts choices are smaller it looks like. Cynergy lost 28ga sporting models with inflex pads. Gained more classics though. Citori lost a few choices they shouldn't be missed too much. And as we all know prices are on the rise.
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