July 15, 2012

Browning Cynergy Sporting 12 Ga. No. 013231427

The menu for clay shooters and hunters looking to pick up a new over-and-under shotgun can range from plain meat-and-potatoes to chateaubriand. Gun Tests took a look at the over-and-under arena and the Browning Cynergy, a radical departure from the Citori models. The shotgun caught the eye of shooters and shotgun enthusiasts across the country because of its new design and internal mechanical innovations in 2004.

Here's what they found:

Browning Cynergy Sporting 12 Ga. No. 013231427, $2,690

To put our test shotgun through its paces on the sporting clays course, our test ammunition included Remington Premier STS Low Recoil 2.75-inch, 2.5 dram shells with 1 1/8 ounce of No. 8 shot with a muzzle velocity of 1,100 feet per second; Remington Premier STS Low Recoil 2.75-inch, 3.0 dram shells with 1 1/8 ounce of No. 7 1/2 shot with a muzzle velocity of 1,200 fps; and Estate Super Sport Competition Target Load 2.75-inch, 2.75 dram shells with 1 ounce of No. 8 shot with a muzzle velocity of 1,180 fps.

Gun Tests September 2004

This shotgun was very pleasing to shoot and worked well for all of Gun Tests' testers.

This gun is made in Japan and is distributed by Browning USA. It caused quite a few double takes when it was taken out of the box.

With its stock that slopes forward at the comb and features an Inflex recoil pad, plus the low-profile receiver, this was a bold new step for the company founded by John M. Browning.

Although our test gun did have an unusual feel when first put to your shoulder, minor adjustments by the shooter quickly allowed for target-busting performance. Unfortunately, a drawback to the system is that installation of an after-market recoil reducer, a Jones Adjuster or even shortening the stock to fit a youngster or small shooter would be very difficult.

Gun Tests September 2004

Because of its new design, putting the shotgun together is a little more difficult, but the solid locking system is worth the extra effort.

The Browning test gun was 47.0 inches in overall length, with a 30-inch factory-ported barrel and a length of pull of 14.5 inches.

Weighing 7.75 pounds, the shotgun was easy to handle, and the new-style recoil pad performed very well. The trigger pull was 5.25 pounds for the bottom barrel and 6 pounds for the top, and, as Browning advertises, produced a very crisp and fast operation.

An examination by our gunsmith confirmed that the mechanical trigger system is more similar to a rifle than a shotgun. The Reverse Striker design is an interesting innovation that reduces both lock time and overtravel. However, our gunsmith did express his concerns about the durability of the system. He felt the additional stress points could pose a problem with potential metal failure.

The drop at the comb was 1.5 inches, with the drop at the heel of 2.4 inches. Length of pull was 14.5 inches, although three pad lengths are available that can alter the LOP by one-half inch increments and a quarter-inch spacer is included with the shotgun. Additional pads are available from Browning for about $35. These adjustable features are a big plus for the Cynergy.

Gun fit for our test group was very good with the pad already on the test gun, so additional adjustments were unnecessary.

Also adding to the Cynergy’s performance on the clay target field were the back-bored and ported barrels. Both recoil and muzzle jump were noticeably less than the other test guns and the glide factor (moving through targets at various speeds) was very pleasing.

The shotgun has a forward-sloping comb and an unusually shaped recoil pad, both of which worked well.

With its 8-11 millimeter tapered rib, topped with a white bead middle sight and chartreuse HiViz Pro-Comp front sight, the pointing ability of the Cynergy earned high marks from our test group.

There were no malfunctions during any of the testing, and most of the testers were hesitant to stop shooting this fine firearm because of its handling ability.

Gun Tests Recommends: Our Pick. There is no question about the excellent handling ability and overall performance of this fine firearm.


Comments (6)

I'm with ya on the coach guns, Ridge Runner. I have a couple of them with hammers, double triggers, and 18.5 inch barrels. They are a real hoot to shoot. One of my recent acquisitions is the Mossberg Maverick O/U Tactical shotgun. While it is almost paradoxical to use an O/U tactically, I gave in to my urge after handling one several different times at different gun shows. I put a side mounted cartridge holder on the butt stock, and on the accessory rail, I mounted a small pistol laser. It really is a cute little number. The barrels are both cylinder bored, and the fiber optic front sight nestles very nicely in the buck-horn sort of rear accessory rail to make a nice sight picture. In fact, I may have to try shooting some skeet with it, since the sight picture should make it very easy to lead clay birds.

Posted by: canovack | July 20, 2012 11:42 AM    Report this comment

I like doubles, both SXS and O/U. I have to have most shortened, because of short arms, I guess, or maybe that is just where I feel comfrotable. I would think that Browning would take more people into thier thought process. If thier guns were easier to adjust the length of pull from about 12.5 inches to the normal 14.5 inches they would get more customers. That being said I have shot a Cynergy. I was not too umcomfrotable for me. I did like it very much otherwise. But I did not get to spend a great deal of time with it. If I had spent more time with it I am sure I would have had more to say.
Also, one of my favorite guns to shoot is a SXS Coach gun. It is just plain fun and I hit/shoot it very well.

Posted by: Ridge Runner | July 20, 2012 6:31 AM    Report this comment

Wow. Gotta luv Browning! JAR

Posted by: ThLizrd | July 20, 2012 12:34 AM    Report this comment

The only side by side or over under that I like have the double triggers ao I can pick either barrel or both at the same time depending on whats happening, as for ducks and geese from a blind either a pump or simi will do.
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Posted by: bear1 | July 19, 2012 10:57 PM    Report this comment

I'm not certain which double guns are the prettiest..... Both the over/under and the side by side have their own special charms. I have both in my collection, and I tend to favor the over/under due to the uncomplicated sighting plane. That said, however, I have always found that it is easier to lead fleeting targets with a side by side gun than with the over/under. In the cramped confines of a duck blind, the side by side is a bit more convenient to reload than the over/under, due to the shallower bed of the side by side receiver. But then, in a duck blind, we'd likely be even happier with a pump.

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