SOLD FOR: $1525
Make: Miroku in Japan, for Browning
Model: 12 High Grade (Grade V) Limited Edition
Serial Number: 01401PN932
Year of Manufacture: 1989
Gauge: 20 Gauge 2 3/4? Shells
Action Type: Pump / Slide Action, Tube Magazine Fed Takedown Shotgun
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “BROWNING MODEL 12 20 GA – 2 3/4? SHELLS ONLY MOD.”, with a “NP” proof, found again on top of the receiver to the left of the rib extension. The right side of the barrel is marked “BROWNING ARMS COMPANY MORGAN, UTAH & MONTREAL, P.Q. / MADE IN JAPAN”. The underside of the magazine tube and extension have indexing arrows. The bottom of the receiver is marked “01401 / PN932?. The barrel extension has a sticker on the right with “01401” in white. The butt plate is marked “BROWNING”. The left side of the receiver has a scroll engraving surrounded dog and pheasant scene, the right a similarly surrounded waterfowl scene with the animals in both gold-plated.
Barrel Length: 26”
Choke: Modified, Fixed
Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a steel bead fixed to the front of its ventilated rib. The rib meets at an extension slotted onto the receiver; the top is serrated for glare reduction.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are a two piece checkered, gloss finished select walnut set. The forend has checkering on each side with three diamonds on the bottom, the front and rear are checkered, the middle diamond is smooth. The butt stock has checkering on the pistol grip with a fluted comb, blued steel grip cap and textured black plastic buttplate. The stocks have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. TThe checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 7/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the butt plate; the plate has no notable wear or damage. The stocks rate in Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue with Gold Accents
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. The magazine tube shows light wear from disassembly/reassembly, mostly concealed when assembled, and the action shows minor operational wear. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp, the markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun rates in Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. This shotgun takes down in seconds for easy storage and maintenance. We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The shotgun comes with a two-piece black cardboard Browning box with serial matching label, styrofoam inserts, plastic sleeves for the two main assemblies including wax paper, and an assortment of factory paperwork including manual. The exterior of the box has wear at edges and corners with light scuffs in the faces. The styrofoam inserts have light wear from their contents. Overall, the box is in about Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: What a gun! When Browning had these shotguns produced by Miroku, Winchester had discontinued both the Model 12 and 42, making this a first opportunity for some and a last opportunity for many to get their hands on new production guns. Some of this production run was given over to standard Grade I guns, but there were also a limited number of Grade V guns produced. This Grade V Model 12 is chambered for 20 gauge. The gun is in Excellent condition with its original box and it’s a beauty! From the select walnut stocks to the beautiful engraving and gold accents, this shotgun will take a prized place in any collection. If you’re a collector of Winchester or Browning shotguns, don’t let this one pass you by. Please see our photos and good luck!