SOLD FOR: $1376
Model: Twelvette Double Auto Lightweight
Serial Number: A13216
Year of Manufacture: 1960
Caliber: 12 Gauge 2 ¾” Shells
Action Type: Semi-Automatic Receiver Fed Shotgun
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “BROWNING ARMS COMPANY ST LOUIS Mo. / **-SPECIAL STEEL-12 GAUGE-SHELLS 2 ¾”.” Also on the left side of the barrel is “0Kg915” followed by a series of proof and manufacturing marks. The right side of the barrel is marked “BROWNING PATENTS / MADE IN BELGIUM”. The underside of the receiver is marked “A13 / 216”. Both sides of the receiver and the trigger guard are marked decorative scroll and border engraving. The bolt is marked with a series of Belgian proofs.
Barrel Length: 24 1/2″, 26″ to PolyChoke
Choke: Installed on the muzzle is an Adjustable Poly Choke system that is adjustable between Full, Extra Full, Slug, Improved Cylinder, Modified, and Improved Modified.
Sights / Optics: There is a white plastic bead atop a serrated riser that is screwed to the barrel. The barrel is finely checkered and the top of the receiver is serrated, both for the purpose of reducing glare.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are checked walnut with a round knob pistol grip, straight comb, and a Browning buttplate. There are some scattered compression and draglines. There are a couple of small dings that have colored with age. The checkering is strong with some light rub wear. The LOP measures 14 1/4” from the front of the trigger to the rear of the buttplate. The plate has some scattered wear from use and there is a crack at the heel. The stocks rate in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Green Alloy
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright. There is some scattered erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 90% of its metal finish. The receiver has some scattered little nicks, light scratches, and scuffs. There is some thinning on the edges. The blued barrel has some scattered spots of oxidation. There are a couple of hairline scratches on the barrel. There are a couple scuffs on the barrel that have lightly thinned the finish. The screwheads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this gun rates in about Very Good-Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions properly. We did not fire this shotgun. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: These Browning Double Autos are an interesting design. There is no tubular magazine, and the shotgun is capable of holding two shells, one in the chamber, and the other in the receiver below the bolt. It is loaded by locking the bolt back and placing a shell into the loading port located in the lower-left side of the receiver and running the bolt forward. A second shell can then be placed into the loading port ready to be chambered when the bolt next operates. A person can have shells available in a left pocket or pouch, to constantly top off the shotgun. As it holds only two rounds, it can also be safely used in skeet or sporting clays. The Twelvette was produced from 1957 to 1971 and is still popular with many people who have actually owned and shot them. This is a Lightweight model that was made in 1960 based on its serial number. It has a Lightweight alloy receiver with a green finish. It retains about 90% original finish and has a decent bore. Please see our photos and good luck!