Browning Diana 3 Gauge Set – LESS THAN 100 MADE, 99%, GORGEOUS WOOD, vintage firearms inc
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Category: Browning Belgium Shotguns - O/U Superposed Diana - Browning Belgium Shotguns - O/U Superposed
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Seller: Vintage Firearms, Inc
Company: Vintage Firearms, Inc.
Member Since: 5/19/07
First Name: jay
Last Name: shachter
Country: United States
Phone: (616) 292-6240
Phone2: (616) 608-4337
Fax: (616) 608-4701
Number of Active Listings: 88
Total Number of Listings: 3241
Seller: FFL Dealer
Return Policy: 3 day inspection and return policy on used guns.
Payment Types Accepted: credit card, check, certified funds, wire transfer (Advertised price represents the 3% cash discount price. Actual price if paid by credit card is 3% higher cost.)
General Specs: Browning, Year 1969, 20ga 28ga .410ga, 6lb 9oz; 6lbs 14oz, Skeet Chokes, LOP 14 3/8", DAH 2 3/8", DAC 1 1/2"
Serial Number: 48808 V8
The Browning Superposed is one of the finest over/under shotguns in history and one of John Browning’s most brilliant designs. Produced in plain-jane field grades to the most elaborately engraved and finely stocked shotguns ever seen, production of the Browning Superposed was done in Belgium, running strong from 1931 through 1977 when traditional production stopped. One of the most sought-after Superposed in the Browning catalogue was the Diana Grade with the appealing game scene engraving and highly figured wood. When you consider there were over 250,000 Browning Superposed guns made in all grades and gauges, one recognizes how rare the Diana Grade small bore guns were with less than 1300 made in 20 gauge and another 500 or so made in 28 gauge and .410 combined, or a total of about 1800 hunting style Diana Grade small bores. We are presenting here a very special, factory documented Diana Grade 3-gauge set; 20-gauge, 28 gauge, and .410 bore, all choked SKEET and having 26.5” barrels and field style forearms. This small gauge Diana 3-gauge set, sn48808 V8 made in 1968, was shipped in April of 1969 (see included factory letter). This was a time period when salt-cured stock wood plagued Browning causing rust problems with some of their guns. Our in-house gunsmithing department has tested this gun’s wood and THE WOOD IS SALT FREE AND IS NOT PART OF THE SALT WOOD DEBACLE. We have certified this in writing and a LETTER OF GUARANTY goes with the gun at time of sale. This beautiful Diana Grade has seen little use in the past 52 years, with the 20ga. barrel set showing the slightest wear at the muzzle, otherwise 99% factory blue, with the other two sets a solid 99.5% factory blue. The action retains over 99% of its French Grey finish with no wear except by the safety. The factory wood is the best you will see on a Diana Grade gun, wonderfully figured both sides, as new checkering, and 100% of a recently applied hand-rubbed oil finish. The Browning finish had “crackled”(as they are known to do) and did not measure up to the condition of the rest of the gun, so we restored the wood to perfection, and it is gorgeous! The gun is a VFI CERTIFIED GUN WITH A 90 DAY MECHANICAL, as we stripped the action and forearm irons to the smallest parts, Ultrasonic cleaned and scrubbed all parts, inspected all for function and integrity, lubricated and reassembled, making them all good for another decade or two before needing further attention. THIS GUN IS IMMACULATE INSIDE AND OUT. The set is housed in the factory supplied Airways style Browning case that is in very good shape with papers and the original keys. THERE WERE LESS THAN 100 DIANA GRADE 3 GAUGE SETS EVER PRODUCED, MAKING THIS A GREAT INVESTMENT QUALITY GUN THAT WILL INCREASE IN VALUE AS YOU ENJOY ITS USE. Thanks for looking, and don’t let this one get away!
*Measurements are in order of 20ga; 28ga; .410ga
Barrel Length: 26 1/2" all
Chokes: .005/.004; .004/.007; .004/.007 SKEET choked
Bore Diameter: .625/.625; .549/.552; .406/.410
Wall Thickness: .036/.039; .043/.040; NA
% Blue: 99%; 99.5%; 99.5%
Chambers: 3"; 2 3/4" ; 2 3/4"
Ribs: Vent rib, all
Sights: metal middle/front
Ejectors or Extractors: all ejectors - all excellent
Case Color: French Grey 99% factory
Engraving: Alfonse Marechal; exceptional
Trigger Type: single selectable
Trigger Guard Color: 99% factory french grey
Type: round knob, short tang/field forend
LOP: 14 3/8"
LOP To End Of Wood: 14"
DAH: 2 3/8"
DAC: 1 1/2"
Cast: 1/8" Off
Checkering Condition: perfect
Butt Treatment: Black Browning Plate
There are more photos upon request. We offer a 30 day mechanical warranty on this fine firearm. Call us for full details. PLEASE SEE MY OTHER FINE VINTAGE FIREARMS. Just open one of my ads and click on the line that says “see all items from this seller” and a very nice list of fine sporting and collectible arms will appear. I have many more fine sxs shotguns not yet listed. Thanks for looking!
Payment Methods: Credit Card, Money Order, Certified Check, Personal Check, Wire Transfer (Advertised price represents the 3% cash discount price. Actual price if paid by credit card is 3% higher cost)
Inspection Period / Return Policy: Three Days from the date the item was received.
Sales Tax: Sales tax will be collected based on ship to address
Shipping & Insurance: Ground $330.00 within the continental U.S. Additional fees for HI & AK. We ship internationally with additional fees!
Item Condition: Used
Requires FFL?: Yes
Call to purchase #616-292-6240. If you have any questions please call or email us. Thanks! Vintage Firearms Inc
We employ a full time gunsmith on premises and can perform alterations to suit your needs within a few weeks of purchase. Common requests are: -stock bending to suit your particular requirements -addition of any specified butt pad to increase length of pull -alteration of chokes to suit your shooting preferences -lengthening of chambers and forcing cones -darkening stock color with penetrating stains -restoring any part of the gun including rust blue, charcoal blue, bone and charcoal case color, wood restoration and checkering recuts. If you like one our guns but it needs "tweaked", let us know and we can quote you a time and price. Some enthusiasts like the guns "as found" and others want them "just so". We often list guns as found and let the particular buyer choose how they want their gun to fit or look.
Shotgun Gauge: 20 Gauge, 28 Gauge, .410 Gauge