OUTSTANDING BROWNING SUPERPOSED PIGEON SMALL GAUGE 20/28/410 3 BARREL HUNTING SET
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Category: Browning Belgium Shotguns - O/U Superposed Pigeon - Shotguns - Multi Barrel Sets
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Country: United States
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Seller: Private Seller
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If you have any questions about this listing, you may ask a question through this listing or you may call me between 11AM and 11PM EST at 906-884-2000. If I am not home, please leave a message, talking loudly and slowly so I can get your name and number correctly. I will call you back as soon as I can. If you do not hear back from me within 24 hours, then please call again as I may not have gotten your message. NOTE: THIS IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL BROWNING SHOTGUNS. It is a VERY RARE special order Browning Superposed Pigeon Grade small gauge 3-barrel Lightning field set with special order wood and factory letter, and in its immaculate original Browning 3-barrel factory hardcase.. This rare collectible Special Order Pigeon Grade 3-barrel set small gauge Lightning Field Superposed shotgun IS IN GORGEOUS ORIGINAL CONDITION, BORDERING ON 99%, with only two exceptions. A past owner has removed the original butt plate and added a thin recoil pad. I do not believe the wood was touched. It should be a small matter to find an original Browning butt plate or recoil pad and have it fitted to the stock. The second exception is that it is of 1969 manufacture, and as such, has what is known as salt wood. However, there is even great news here, in that it must have been wood from the top pallet as it has had minimal effect on the metal, just showing along the edge of the wood. While this has greatly reduced the price from $20,000-$25,000 to my asking price of $13,000, it has not diminished the appearance and condition of this gorgeous gun. In addition to the cash purchase price of $13,000, I am willing to take partial trade or full trade in fine firearms or car or truck of equal or greater value. While I have received several offers of trade from dealers that I have not accepted, I am still quite willing to consider what you might have in mind to trade. This gorgeous Pigeon Grade 3-barrel small gauge set Browning Superposed is cased inn its original factory issue Browning three barrel set vintage hard case with the original instruction book, original case tag and original key in the original plastic envelope, and it comes with an authenticating Browning factory research letter. The factory letter says it was special ordered by Kerr's Sporting Goods, Hollywood , California, with the New Style Skeet wood (14 1/4" LOP), with each barrel set having its own New Style Skeet forearm. The factory letter further indicates that all three barrels were ordered as 28 inch vent rib Modified and Full barrel sets. However, all three barrel sets have Skeet/Skeet markings on the shiny silver part of the receiver end of the assemblies, but only the 20 gauge appears to be choked skeet. The 28 gauge and 410 gauge still have field chokes, that seem to measure improved cylinder and modified, not skeet chokes as stamped on the receiver ends, and not modified and full as indicated in the factory research letter. It is a mystery I can not explain, but I enjoyed trying to learn about, to no avail. If any viewer has an idea about any of this, I would appreciate hearing from you. The entire set is in outstanding original cosmetic and mechanical condition. All three barrel sets are tight in the receiver with the release lever way to the right as it should be on a new gun. While the 20 gauge set is tight, the 28 gauge and the 410 sets are extra tight, indicating very little use at all. The gun has not been refinished and the original finish on the wood is still excellent plus or better. It was a special order gun for one of the Hollywood area stars and ordered through the famous Kerr Sporting Goods, of Hollywood California. The factory letter further states that it is special order for Kerr's and each of the separate barrel sets has a Browning factory stamped "KERR'S" on it, as well as the other normal factory stampings of that time period. All of the above is the good news. The less than good news is that the manufacture of this gorgeous gun was right within the salt problem era and is one of the 98+% plus guns exposed to that drying process. However,there is even good news in that, as the wood on this gun must have been at the top, of the top pile of wood, during the drying process, as the salt drying effect on this wood, while present, is minimal, and not a major distraction, as on most Superposed shotguns of this time period. However, because it does have the salt dried wood, though minimal, the price of this set has been greatly reduced. So instead of paying $25,000 fir this gun you can purchase it for half that amount. Special order guns are rare. Special order multi-barrel sets are very rare, and when ordered as a hunting gun with individually dedicated forearms, rather than as a skeet gun with one removable forearm for all three sets, very rare. Special order hunting small gauge multi-sets with their own individual forearms are even more rare. Now factor in that it is a higher grade (Pigeon Grade) multi-barrel, small gauge Hunting Gun, then obviously this is a very very rare gun, and very desirable in any condition, let alone the outstanding condition of this gun and each barrel set. This gun has not been refinished and is in outstanding original finish, showing very little use. In fact, both the 28 gauge set and the 410 set show hardly any use at all. It appears that the original owner only used the 20 gauge set to hunt, and then only occasionally. The original factory hard case is in the same EX+ condition and comes with the original case instruction sheet and original case envelope with key. This is an absolutely gorgeous gun. It is a joy to handle and point. The wood is gorgeous California Claro Walnut. The 28 inch 20 gauge barrels are marked for 2 3/4" and 3" 20 gauge shells. It will shoot all shells in those sizes including 20 gauge 3" magnum shells. The 28 inch 28 gauge barrels are marked for 2 3/4" shells and the 28 inch 410 gauge barrels are marked for 3" shells (had this gun been special ordered for skeet, all the barrels would most likely have been 26 1/2 inches in length, and the 20 gauge set and the 410 set would not have been marked for 3" magnum shells). All three sets are consistent with a special ordered Pigeon Grade Hunting Gun. ( A skeet gun would have had each barrel set chambered for only the shorter shells in each gauge, and with only one detachable forearem to use for all three barrel sets.) I can not explain the skeet markings on the receiver ends of each set. However, it is clearly a hunting gun. PLEASE NOTE THAT WHILE THIS IS A HUNTING GUN, MODERN STEEL SHOT SHOULD NEVER BE USED IN A BELGIUM BROWNING SUPERPOSED. DO NOT USE STEEL SHOT IN THIS GUN! While I do not know the answer to why this special order hunting gun has skeet markings on the receiver part of each of the sets, I do know that each barrel set has its own forearm, and that the 20 and 410 are marked for 3" shells, which is not done on the skeet guns, and is only done on the hunting guns. Like most factory special order guns, it comes with a mystery or two, only known to the original purchaser, who is most likely now deceased. If you have been looking for a Belgium Browning Superposed Pigeon Grade Hunting small gauge 3-barrel set , but could not afford to purchase one, then you need look no further. you will not find a better price than is on this set. I would never consider selling it, but at age 75 have decided to do so. Since this is a collectible and usable operating firearm. I will need a valid copy of a current FFL to whom to ship the firearm. It will be shipped to your receiving dealer via Fed Ex or UPS. Payment to be made via wire transfer or Postal Money Orders only. Please add $100.00 to the amount for shipping when you mail your funds, as this case already weights a lot before packing it, and I want to pack it very heavy duty to protect the case as well as the gun and barrel sets, so I will have a very heavy, oversize package to ship when I am done. I will pack this up like I would want someone to pack it up to ship to me. This shotgun is in full functioning condition and in gorgeous cosmetic condition, with minor indications of the salt drying process. You will not be disappointed. It is being sold "as is" and is not returnable. No adjustment will be made after sale. I am 75 years old and my sales are final. Please do not buy it unless you agree to these terms. Please look at my other gun listings. You will find that I had impeccable taste and that I took excellent care of my hunting collectibles.