Browning BSS B-S/S 12 Ga 26″ M/IC Double Barrel SxS Shotgun, MFD 1981
SOLD FOR: $2375
Serial Number: 04982PZ158
Year of Manufacture: 1981
Gauge: 12 Gauge, 2 ¾” and 3” Shells
Action Type: Top Lever Break Side by Side (SxS) with Single Selective Trigger and Ejectors
Markings: The left side of the left barrel is marked “”BROWNING ARMS COMPANY MORGAN, UTAH & MONTREAL P.Q. / MADE IN JAPAN” and the right side of the right barrel is marked “B-S/S SPECIAL STEEL 12 GA. SHELLS – 2 ¾” AND 3””. The lug that retains the forearm is marked “NP” on the left and “8” on the right. The underside of the left barrel is marked with a “3” and the underside of the right barrel is marked with a “4”. The left barrel flat is marked with an “H” contained in an interrupted circle, “04982”, a circled “SP” proof with three lines at the top, “NP”, “12”, “26”” and “**” denoting Modified choke. The right barrel flat is marked with an “H” contained in an interrupted circle, circled “SP” proof with three line at the top, “NP”, “12”, “26”” and a double “**-” denoting Improved Cylinder choke. The inside of the forearm hardware is marked “04982”. The left water table is marked with an “H” in an interrupted circle and in the recess between the water tables is marked “982”. The underside of the receiver is marked with a circled “R” over “BrowninG” with scroll engraving on the trigger guard, sides of the receiver and barrel latch lever. Beneath the barrel latch lever “04982PZ158” is marked and “S” is marked above the automatic safety.
Barrel Length: 26”
Choke: The right barrel is choked Improved Cylinder and the left barrel is choked Modified.
Weight: 7 lbs, 8.5 oz
Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a flattened brass bead front sight. There is another smaller bead mid rib. The top of the rib is serrated for glare reduction.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are checkered walnut with a beavertail forearm, straight grip and comb, and a black Decelerator buttpad. The checkering appears unmarred and there are no chips, cracks or scratches in either stock. There are no major imperfections, only light handling wear. The LOP measures 14 1/8” and 13 1/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad, which hardly shows light wear and discoloration. The drop at the comb is about 1 5/8” and the drop at the heel is about 2 7/16”. The stocks rate in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. The barrels show some light marks near the muzzle. The receiver shows a faint plum hue. There are some small light scratches on the bottom of the forearm metal. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly and the automatic safety is applied upon moving the top lever. There is a selector switch at the rear of the trigger guard. We have not fired 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: The Browning Side by Side or BSS as it’s known is famous for reliability and longevity. They are almost impossible to wear out. This example was manufactured in 1981 and shows more signs of storage wear than shooting. It has a single selective trigger with the selector in the rear of the trigger guard where it is easy to access. It balances just ahead of the barrel hinge and points well with its 26” barrels. This would make a great field gun for the larger upland birds and a great cowboy action shooting side by side, if you were willing to subject this nice shotgun to such hard use. Please see our photos and good luck!