Since the Cynergy was launched in the UK, most shooters have come to the conclusion that this is a gun to suit the sophisticated tastes of the 21st century Shot

Product Overview

Overall rating:

80%

Browning Cynergy

Pros:

  • Styling, the trigger mechanism, the action layout, and the price

Product:

Browning Cynergy shotgun review

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£1,400.00 (Second-hand )

This is perhaps the most radical break-action shotgun launched in the past 100 years. In fact, it could claim to be more radical in design than John Moses Browning’s immortal B25 – created over 80 years ago and still doing sterling service. The B25 is the gun that set the bar for the modern over-and-under.

Read on and you’ll see how mechanically it stands apart.

Made in Japan

Japan’s Miroku build the Browning in the city of Nagoku. Miroku and Browning began their association in 1965 and Miroku has been building sporting arms since 1893.

Of course, Miroku also make guns under their own name.

Adaptable enough for field use

In my opinion most people will buy the Cyergy for clayshooting – but the weight and stock dimensions of the Sporter version makes it adaptable enough for use in the field.

How the Cynergy works

The Cynergy’s workings are fascinating. Some other guns have some of the features, but nothing else has the whole package.

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 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.

Barrels

  • Built on Miroku’s 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

Stock

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.

However the 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 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.
The weight of the sporter is approximately 7¾lb.

Competitors

The  Beretta 682 Gold E, and the Browning Ultra or XS. For more information visit Browning

 

Sporting Gun tested the Cynergy in August 2004

Verdict

The Browning Cynergy shotgun incorporates all that’s best in modern shotgun design – at an affordable price.

  • 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?