SOLD FOR: $2082
Make: Miroku in Japan, for Browning
Model: 12 Grade V Limited Edition
Serial Number: 02837NM972
Year of Manufacture: 1990
Gauge: 28 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 28 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 barrel extension is marked “02837”, the underside of the magazine tube and extension have indexing arrows. The bottom of the receiver is marked “02837 / NM972?. The butt plate is marked “BROWNING”. The sides of the receiver have floral scrolls on either side with gold inlay hounds stalking fowl on the left side and gold inlay water foul on the right.
Barrel Length: 26” Vent Rib
Choke: Modified, Fixed
Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a silver bead at the front of the 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 walnut set with a steel capped pistol grip, straight comb and textured black plastic Browning buttplate. The stocks have no noteworthy wear or damage, only light handling marks. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 14” from the front of the trigger to the back of the butt plate. The plate has no notable wear. The stocks rate in Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. There is light operational wear on the mag tube and bolt. There are a few scattered hardly noticeable marks on the barrel. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is 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: This shotgun comes in its original serial matching box with paperwork including the manual.
Our Assessment: What a gun! When Browning had these shotguns produced by Miroku, Winchester had discontinued the Model 12, making this a first opportunity for some and a last opportunity for many to get their hands on new production guns. This Grade V Model 12 is in Excellent condition with a great bore and strong mechanics. The sides of the receiver are beautifully engraved with gold inlays on either side. The gun does not appear to have seen much use in the field if any at all. It would be a classy piece to challenge yourself on the Skeet fields or a nice addition to a Winchester or Browning shotgun collection. Please see our photos and good luck!