SOLD FOR: $1875
Make: Miroku in Japan, for Browning
Model: 42 High Grade, Grade V
Serial Number: 02878NZ982
Year of Manufacture: 1991
Gauge: .410, 2 ½ & 3” Shells
Action Type: Pump / Slide Action, Tube Magazine Fed Takedown Shotguns
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “BROWNING MODEL 42 .410 BORE – 2 1/2″ AND 3″ SHELLS FULL”, 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 barrel extension is marked “02878”, the underside of the magazine tube and extension have indexing arrows. The bottom of the receiver is marked “02878 / NZ982″. The butt plate is marked “BROWNING”. The left side of the receiver has a scroll engraving surrounding dog and pheasant scene, the right a similarly surrounded waterfowl scene with the animals in both scenes gold-plated.
Barrel Length: 26”
Choke: Fixed Full
Sights / Optics: The shotgun is mounted with a steel bead fixed to the front of its ventilated rib. The rib meets at an extension slotted onto the receivers; the tops are serrated for glare reduction.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are a two-piece checkered, gloss-finished select walnut set. The forend has double diamond and surrounding checkers on both sides. The butt stock has checkering on the pistol grip with a fluted comb, blued steel grip cap and textured black plastic buttplate. There is no notable wear or damage in the stocks, only light handling marks. The 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 about 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 99% of its metal finish. There is faint operational wear and wear from assembly/disassembly. 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 actions function correctly. These shotguns take down in seconds for easy storage and maintenance. We have not fired these shotguns. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is a serial matching box with paperwork including the manual.
Our Assessment: What a beautiful shotgun! 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. The production runs for the 20 and 28 gauge Model 12s were separate while there was some overlap of production of the Model 42. These Grade V Model 42s were produced from 1991-1993 and only 6,000 were made. This Grade V is in Excellent condition and comes with its serial matching box! From the select walnut stocks to the beautiful engraving and gold accents, these shotguns will take a prized place in any collection. If you’re a collector of Winchester or Browning shotguns, don’t let this set pass you by, this is a visually striking homage to the best .410 ever made. Please see our photos and good luck!