Model: Model 12 Grade V (5)
Serial Number: 01290NM972
Year of Manufacture: 1990
Gauge: 28 Gauge 2 ¾” Shells
Action Type: Pump / Slide Action with Tubular Magazine
Markings: The right side of the barrel is marked “BROWNING ARMS COMPANY MOGAN UTAH & MONTREAL P.Q. / MADE IN JAPAN”. The left side of the barrel is marked “BROWNING MODEL 12 28 GA-2 ¾” SHELLS ONLY MOD.” The left side of the receiver has an engraved hunting scene of two gold inlayed dogs and an inlayed bird flying in a wooded scene with scroll engraving bordering it. The right side of the receiver is engraved similarly with four golden ducks near a lake with mountains in the background and scroll engraving bordering it. The underside of the receiver is marked “01290 / NM972”. The underside of the barrel extension is marked “02190”. The top of the receiver is marked “NP”.
Barrel Length: 25 3/4”
Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a silver bead front sight on a ventilated serrated rib.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are glossy checkered walnut. There were no marks on the stocks that we could see. The LOP measures 13 3/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the plastic browning buttplate. The stocks rate in about Excellent overall condition. Exhibiting beautiful grain.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is Bright. There is No erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 99% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows the slightest wear on the action. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are Clear. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly and smoothly. It will not slam fire as the original model 12s could. We have not fired this shotgun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This Shotgun comes in its original cardboard box. The lid has standard storage wear. Inside the box is a foam cutout for the barrel and receiver and stock. A Browning model 12 owner’s manual and knives pamphlet are also included.
Our Assessment: This is a very easy pointing pump action 28 gauge shotgun, built off of the time tested and John Browning designed Winchester Model 12. This great action was manufactured by Miroku in Japan, who has an exceptionally good reputation for producing quality Browning firearms (such as the Citori line of shotguns.) The 28-gauge shotgun isn’t nearly as popular as 12- and 20-gauge scatterguns, but it does have a loyal following among experienced bird hunters who pursue mourning or white wing doves, snipe, quail, woodcock, and grouse, and among small-game hunters who like rabbits and squirrels.