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Browning Cynergy shotgun review


Browning Cynergy shotgun
Price: £2000-£3000

So what’s this? Is it a stylish gun designed and built to suit the sophisticated tastes of the 21st century shooter, or something Mr Spock might stash aboard the Starship Enterprise, just in case his phaser goes on the blink and those Klingons get stroppy again?

Fortunately for Browning, since the Cynergy was launched in the UK, most UK shooters seem to have gone for the first definition – but there’s still no doubt this gun breaks the mould, both in looks and the way in which it operates.

It is probably the most different break-action shotgun to be launched in the past 100 years. In many ways it can claim to be more radical in design than John Moses Browning’s immortal B25 born more than 80 years ago and still going strong – the gun that set the yardstick for the modern over-under.

Mechanically it is like nothing else, as we shall discover.

Who makes it?
The Cynergy is built for Browning by Miroku in Japan. The Miroku factory is in the city of Nangoku, in Japan’s Kochi prefecture on the island of Shikoku. They started building sporting arms in 1893, and their long association with Browning began with negotiations in 1965. For many years, as well as making guns under their own name, they have built all of the more affordable Browning over-unders. They also make machine tools and automotive parts.

How adaptable is it?
We think most people will buy the Cynergy as a clay-busting gun, but the weight and stock dimensions of the Sporter versions make them adaptable enough for field use.

How does it work?
In a nutshell, it works in a novel and totally fascinating way. There isn’t another gun quite like it anywhere in the world at the moment. Some have some of the features, but nothing else has all of them.

The action block, machined from a solid steel forging, is one of the shortest in the business, and the first visible difference is the jointing seems to be back to front, with the concave curve in the block itself and the convex curve on the fore-end iron. Stub pins are built into the fore-end iron, but the gun does not truly hinge on these. They form a convenient rearward latch for the fore-end iron when the gun is assembled, and the barrels actually hinge on quarter-circle cut-outs in the action walls which engage with similarly-shaped projections in the barrel monobloc. This feature provides huge load-bearing areas compared to pins of any kind, and makes for incredibly strong jointing with little chance of ever shooting loose.

The top lever is very slim and low in profile. Cocking rods run along the action floor, and are forced backwards by cams in the fore-end iron when the gun is opened. Browning call this new system ‘Monolock’.

Inside the mechanism, the arrangement for firing the gun is novel, too. There are no hammers, the coil mainsprings acting directly on the firing pins via levers. The sears work directly on to these levers, which means the gun has an incredibly fast lock time. Browning claim just 1.8 milliseconds from trigger release to cartridge ignition, which really is fast. The single, selective trigger is transferred to the second barrel mechanically rather than by recoil, but a recoil mechanism is there to prevent a double discharge.

Barrel selector is in the usual place, built into the safety thumbpiece.

The bolt on this gun is a U-shaped component, with prongs coming forward through the breech face to mate with bites in the back of the barrel monobloc level with the centre line of the bottom barrel. There are no barrel lumps, as such, at all.

The single-piece ejectors, which are tripped when the gun reaches the fully open position, are powered directly by coil springs which run between the barrel tubes forward of the monobloc. With the fore-end fitted, these springs rub behind polymer shrouds.

Typical of a dedicated competition gun, the exterior of the action bears little engraving – a simple logo and the word Cynergy on each side in gold, and the Browning logo, again in gold, on the top lever.

– Built on Miroku’s now-familiar monobloc system.

– The top rib, supported on angled pillars, is slightly ramped and tapers from 11mm at the breech to 8mm at the muzzle.

– Side ribs are ventilated.

– Bores are internally chromed.

– Chambers are three-inch (76mm), and the tubes carry steel shot proof.

– Tubes are over-bored, with an internal diameter of 0.736 in compared to the old British standard of 0.729in. This reduces recoil and tends to improve patterning, too.

– Long Browning Invector Plus choke tubes, now re-named Diamond chokes, are fitted. These protrude from the muzzles,
and are colour-coded for easy identification.

– Barrel sets of 28, 30 and 32 inches are available.

– When the Cynergy first came on to the British market the stock was as radical as the rest of the gun. It had what’s known as a ‘hog’s back’ comb of rounded profile – a style sometimes seen on continental rifles. The idea of this is, on recoil, the stock moves away from the shooters cheek, avoiding stinging and possible bruising. The gun also had a soft rubber recoil pad, in the style you see in the pictures on these pages.

– When Sporting Gun tested an early version, the magazine took the unusual step of also asking five experienced clay shooters for their impressions, and by and large they didn’t like the stock much. Consensus was it seemed to shoot a bit high, despite a 1.1/2 inch drop at comb, and that the recoil pad snagged on clothing.

– Browning have now addressed this problem, and their Pro Sport and Pro Trap models are fitted with stocks of conventional profile, with normal recoil pads.

– There is also a stock with an adjustable comb available, at extra cost, and a version called the Black Ice with a synthetic stock.

– The original stock remains available on a number of models, for those who like it.

How heavy?
Weight of the sporter is about 7.3/4 lb.

What the tester thought
Sporting Gun tested the Cynergy in August 2004. It scored 9 out of 10 for build quality and styling, 7 for handling (a criticism which, with the new stocks, is no longer valid), and 8 for value for money. Plus points were noted as the styling, the trigger mechanism, the action layout, and the price. Lows concentrated on that original stock – the comb height and the recoil pad: “We think the makers have dropped on a winner,” was one favourable comment.

The Pro Sport is about £2,100.

Serious contenders are the Beretta 682 Gold E, and the Browning Ultra or XS.

More information
From all Browning dealers.

Useful website
All the different models and specifications are listed on which also carries a list of dealers throughout UK and world-wide.

UK SALES: 01235 514550

  • jaden streu

    i would like to see more photoes and a price pleace i would like that thank.

  • John Norris

    Detente pins securing cartridge case ejectors to ejector mechanism,come loose,jamming ejector mechanism. Gun cannot be closed.

  • Charles Lehman

    I have had a 3.5″ Cynergy camo 12ga waterfowl gun since 2006. The gun has fired 1000s of rounds, even took a dip in a South Dakota slew in November. Saved my back side from drownding. Yet, it still kept shooting like new all day. It’s been bullet proof, best gun I have ever had and I have had 100s of guns. Just picked up a Cynergy Feather 20/28/410 combo. Where and why people are having problem’s, is they fire the gun with the barrles off. That makes it very tough to put the gun back together. Most are putting it together and breaking the gun or over stressing the ejectors(they break). DON”T fire the gun with the barrel’s off. Leave it cocked and only fire it with snap caps and well it is fully assembles. You will not have problems if you follow those rules. I haven’t. Browning! BEST THERE IS

  • Johnny Maness

    I have a Charles Daly Miroku O/U shotgun , it has fixed skeet and skeet chokes, the serial 372017 . How old is it, can I shoot steel shot in it and how do I get in touch with Miroku? thanks Johnny Maness

  • Angela Thackray

    Finally got my Cynergy Black Ice back from Browning after nearly four weeks. I have now used the gun several times and so far I have not had any further problem with it. Browning seem to be reluctant to let me dealer know exactly what the problem was and how it was fixed. But like Gregory and Mark my gun had not easily opened fully and seemed to stick at about three quarters open until eventually it jammed solid and wouldn’t fire. This is now not happening. I have been told that the gun mechanism has a 10 year warranty which is tranferrable, but I will be getting rid of my Cynergy if I have any further problems with it.

    If you search around the internet on other forums (some dating back to 2004/05) you will find others who have had similar problems with the Cynergy mechanism who have been advised to bang the gun on the floor to free the mechanism! I will not be trying this out.

  • thomas

    My Cenergy is demenstrating the same problem as Gregory is experiencing. When you open the action it stops at about three-quarters. Then you have to force it to get the lower barrel reloaded. This makes for an impossible situation when shooting at passing ducks and geese in a laydown blind. I will return this gun tomorrow after only shooting a few Skeet targets and two days in the fields of Canada. I had to switch to my old 20 ga Citori for the remaider of the hunt. A great shotgun bt the way.

  • Gregory

    Hi guys. I just bought a Browning Cynergy Classic Sporting a couple of months ago and I have noticed a couple of faults on it. Sometimes when I open the action to take cartridges out without firing the gun, it will eject the loaded cartridge from the under barrel only. This happens occasionally though, and I was wondering whether I’m doing something I’m not suppose to do. Also when I open the action, it will slide nicely up to a point where you can still pull out the cartridges but the action is still not all the away open. ( Maybe that’ why it will eject the loaded cartridge).When I force the action to open all the way it feels as the barrels move upwards rather than slide smoothly all the way. It feels like there is .5cm loose point. I thought it might be the ejector springs that they are still tight since its a new gun but I dought it. Is anyone experiencing the same problems?

  • justin young

    I have recently purchased a Black ice cynergy, after spending half a day picking up just about every gun in the sub £2000.00 range and felt this to be very comfortable, I also like the very slimline feel and look of the gun, im not as you can guess a big lover of fancy scrolling on my guns!!
    Have put several thousand rounds through this gun since buying it, including 500 in a single afternoon, and the gun has never let me down other than one cartridge which was duff firing every thing from 21 gms to 28grs.

    The gun does shoot high as in the review, but that has helped cure my habit of shooting low.

    Overall I am very pleased with the gun and would reccomend a cynergy to anyone.

  • mark

    come on browning, get your finger out and do the honourable thing and fix this lady’s gun….If this was one of your American customers, they’d be playing merry hell by now……

  • Mike Hemingway

    Angela—it looks as if you might have been landed with a “rogue gun”–which is bad enough, but the attitude of Browning is a lot more worrying. As you will see from my first message, I am still delighted with my Cynergy, as is everyone else who has used it—maybe I have just been lucky. Hope you manage to get your gun sorted—have you thought of a letter to the Chief Executive of Browning—that should get things onto the hotplate!! Good luck, anyway, and keep us informed of progress.

  • Angela Thackray

    Further to my recent posting (16 Aug), my Browning Cynergy has now been with Browing UK since 10 Aug for repair. My dealer chased Browing today, who by coincidence claim they were just about to fix the gun!

    Come on Browning pull your finger out. This gun is not yet a year old and has now spent nearly six weeks in repair. If you want to keep me as a customer please replace the gun.

    I thought the Cynergy was a superb gun when it was working. However, with no back-up from Browning Belgium and Browning UK dragging their heels I could not recommend this gun to anybody.

    Very disappointed with Browning’s attitude.

  • Angela Thackray

    I’ve had a Cynergy for just under a year. The action has seized completely on two occasions. The first time the gun was sent to Browning Belgium who found no fault and suggested I was not pulling the trigger hard enough which caused a safety feature to kick in!

    My gun is now with Browning UK for repair. They have put the fault down to two broken springs.

  • Steve Smith

    Hi All

    I am currently looking to purchase a Browning Cynergy Black Ice so if you have one for sale or you know someone who is selling one please email me asap.

    Kind regards

    Steve Smith

  • Mike Hemingway

    I have had a Cynergy from new for about 3 years and have nothing but praise for it. It answers well for my standard of clays, and it is also perfectly ok for pigeons. I have heard that the action on some of them can literally seize solid after use—any truth in this, or is it just rumour?