SOLD FOR: $1125
Make: Browning, Mfg. in Portugal by FN Herstal
Serial Number: 431PX02059
Year of Manufacture: 1983
Caliber: 20 Gauge 3” Magnum Shells. The additional barrel is chambered for 2.75” shells.
Action Type: Semi-Automatic with Tubular Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “BROWNING ARMS COMPANY MORGAN, UTAH & MONTREAL P.Q. / MADE IN PORTUGAL BY FN HERSTAL / 83 03816”. The right side of the barrel is marked “SPECIAL STEEL 20 GA. SHELLS 3″ MAGNUM ** / PATENT- ‘PB’ in oval ITALY – 3420140”. The left lower portion of the barrel is marked with several specifications, three Italian proof marks, and the date code. The left side of the frame is marked with the buckmark logo next to “BROWNING / B-80” and the serial number at the rear. The trigger guard is marked with the buckmark logo. The buttpad is marked with a buck mark logo and “BROWNING”.
The additional barrel bears all of the same markings except for the chambering designation and barrel serial number on the left side.
Barrel Length: 28″ Vent Rib
Choke: Both are Fixed, Modified (** Code on Barrels)
Sights / Optics: Both barrels are mounted with a brass bead atop a full length rib. The rib is finely checkered and the top of the receiver is serrated, both for the purpose of glare reduction.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered wood with a grooved forearm, pistol grip, straight comb, and a weave-textured Browning butt pad. The wood has a high gloss finish. The wood shows some infrequently dispersed nicks, compressions, and draglines. There are no chips or cracks and the checkering is sharp. The LOP measures about 14″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the pad. The pad shows some faint white discoloration between the basket weave texturing. Overall, the stocks rate in about Fine-Plus.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This gun retains about 96% of its metal finish. There are some light scratches on the sides of the receiver. There is some light thinning on the leading edges. There are a few hardly noticeable marks on the installed barrel. The additional barrel has scattered light marks and thinning around the muzzle. There is faint operational wear. The markings are clear. Overall, this gun rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this gun. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box & Accessories: This shotgun comes with the previously mentioned additional barrel.
Our Assessment: The production of the B-80 Automatic Shotgun began in 1981 and ceased in 1988. This example was manufactured in 1983 and is a cool short run Browning shotgun in Fine condition. It should appeal to the sportsman and more importantly, the trap shooters. The quality is good and this gun points nicely. It also comes with an additional barrel chambered for 2 3/4” shells providing an additional shooting option. Please see our photos and good luck!