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Browning Superposed 28 Gauge – PIGEON GRADE, 1965, vintage firearms inc
General Specs: Browning, Year 1965, 28 Gauge, 6lb 12oz, Chokes SK/SK, LOP 14", DAH 2 1/4", DAC 1 9/16"
Serial Number: 917F5
The Browning Superposed was the first prominent over/under introduced to the USA. Beginning in 1931, the Superposed over/under has been used in the field and at gun clubs with over 90 years of proven, rock-solid performance. These are hand-fitted, quality guns made one at a time by skilled master gunmakers that are a dying breed. This fine Pigeon Grade Superposed Lightning in 28ga., sn917F5 built in 1965, has hard to find 28” barrels making it a much more desirable gun than a similar gun with 26” barrels that are more common. As you compare this gun to others, keep in mind that the most desirable Superposed guns are the long tang, round knob guns built before 1966, like this one. This gun is ALL FACTORY ORIGINAL FINISHES WITH OVER 96% OVERALL CONDITION, with the barrel blue a solid 99%, action and trigger guard retain 90% French grey; and wood 98% original finish with light hunting marks but no gouges, deep scratches, cracks, or repairs (we can “clean up” the light scratches without totally restoring the wood within 8 weeks of purchase for an added cost). The gun wears a beautiful Purdey style leather cover pad befitting a fine European over/under with 14” LOP. The Pigeon Grade has hand-cut engraving, deep chiseled oak leaf engraving on the top of the action, pigeons in flight, floral bouquets on the bottom, and well figured French walnut stocks. This gun will not disappoint in the wood department as it has honey colored wood adorned with dark mineral streaks and lots of fiddleback figure that changes as the gun is moved in the light…very nice! Guns built after 1965 were prone to salt contamination and rust because of the manner which Browning cured their wood. Browning also tried to cut costs by changing the trigger guard tang to the “short tang”, which nobody really liked. The marketplace has an aversion to the later guns with short tangs and/or square knob pistol grips. The early guns like this one are highly desirable. IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THE 28GA. ONLY BECAME AVAILABLE IN 1960, WITH A SLOW START IN ORDERS. THE TOTAL PRODUCTION OF THE PIGEON GRADE 28GA. GUN WITH LONG TANG, ROUND KNOB BUILT BEFORE 1966 IS LESS THAN 30 GUNS TOTAL. LESS THAN A DOZEN HAD 28” BARRELS. THIS IS A VERY RARE GUN AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO OWN A PRE-1966 PIGEON GRADE 28GA. WITH 28” BARRELS WILL NOT OFTEN PRESENT ITSELF. See the specification tables below for details of this gun. COMES WITH A BROWNING AIRWAYS CASE IN EXCELLENT CONDITION, A $375 VALUE. THIS IS A VFI CERTIFIED GUN, THE ACTION AND FOREND IRON HAVING BEEN STRIPPED TO THE SMALLEST PART, ULTRASONIC CLEANED AND SCRUBBED, ALL PARTS INSPECTED FOR INTEGRITY AND FUNCTION, LUBRICATED AND REASSEMBLED WITH A 90-DAY MECHANICAL WARRANTY, ANOTHER $375 VALUE. The value of these earlier Superposed guns continues to climb, so you can invest in this gun and enjoy its use as it gains value. We have priced this gun to sell and if you are the new owner, you will have instant equity in such a high-condition, long tang, round knob Superposed. Thanks for looking!
Barrel Length: 28"
Chokes: .005/ .005 Skeet/Skeet
Bore Diameter: .546/ .549
Wall Thickness: .036/ .037
% Blue: 99%
Chambers: 2 3/4"
Sights: Front ivory bead, Rear ivory bead
Action: tight, slightly right of center
Ejectors or Extractors: ejectors- timed- strong
Receiver Condition: 99%, french gray
Engraving: 97% cover, clear
Trigger Type: single- crisp
Trigger Guard Color: 99%, french gray
Type: Round Pistol Grip/ Field forend
LOP To End Of Wood: 13 1/8"
DAH: 2 1/4"
DAC: 1 9/16"
Cast: Heel 1/4"off, Toe 3/8"off
Checkering Condition: excellent
Butt Treatment: VFI leather
There is a 30 day mechanical warranty on this gun. Call us for full details, or to purchase #616-292-6240. If you have any questions please call or email us. Thanks! Vintage Firearms Inc
Payment Methods: Credit Card, Money Order, Certified Check, Personal Check, Wire Transfer (Advertised price reflects 3% cash discount. Actual price if paid by credit card is 3% higher.)
Inspection Period / Return Policy: Three Days from the date the item was received.
Sales Tax: Collected in AR, IL, KS, MI, PA, TN
Shipping & Insurance: Ground $300.00 within the continental U.S. Additional fees for HI & AK. We ship internationally with additional fees! (**NOTE that most all of this is INSURANCE. If you have your own, we could arrange your insurance covering it.)
Item Condition: Used
Requires FFL?: Yes
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We employ full time gunsmiths 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: 28 Gauge