SOLD FOR: $4225
Make: Browning, Miroku
Model: 325 Grade 5 European Market
Serial Number: 76708NY
Year of Manufacture: 1992 (NY Date Code)
Caliber: 12 Gauge, 2 3/4” Shells
Action Type: Over/Under Shotgun w/ Single Selective Inertial Trigger
Markings: The right side of the upper barrel is marked “Mod. 325 PLUS-SP-28”-12GA-2 3/4” BROWNING S.A.” and under the stock line, it is marked “18.8”, a London proof mark, “12/70”, and “850BAR”. The right side of the lower barrel is marked “18.8”, a London proof mark, “12/70”, “850BAR”, and “LP / 92”. The bottom of the monobloc is marked with three Miroku proof marks and “BSA / MILLBROOK NY” within a trapezoid. The left side of the monobloc is marked “INVECTOR / PLUS”, “5”, and “C / 76708”. The left side of the locking block is marked “JAPAN”. The top of the forend iron is marked “76708” and the top of the forend is marked “HIE76708”.The top of the receiver, under the lever, is marked “76708NY” and an English inspection mark. There is beautiful Grade 5 engraving throughout the receiver, on the trigger guard, the lever, and forearm iron.
Barrel Length: 28” Vent Rib
Choke: The barrels are threaded for chokes and there are currently two Colonial Arms chokes installed: Skeet over Cylinder.
Weight: 8 lbs. 2.2 oz.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a white bead at the front of the rib. There is a smaller white alignment bead midway. The rib is serrated for glare reduction.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are checkered wood with a pistol grip, straight comb, and a Kick Eez buttpad. There are just a few sparsely scattered faint lines and shallow compressions throughout, hardly noticeable. The checkering is sharp and attractive. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 14 3/8” & 13 3/8” the front of the trigger to the back of the pad and wood, respectively. The pad shows hardly any wear. The drop at the comb is 1 5/16” and at the heel it is 2”. The cast is slightly off. Overall, the stocks rate in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Coin
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright with no erosion. In this writer’s opinion, the bores rate 10/10.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows just a few sparsely scattered marks on the barrel. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The barrel locks up tightly to the receiver with no play. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: Browning’s over-under shotguns are known for their craftsmanship, reliability, and performance. They often incorporate various features such as engraved receivers, high-quality wood stocks, and advanced choke systems. This Model 325 is no exception. With its high grade stocks and Grade V coined receiver, this will be a head turner at the range. This example is of Miroku manufacture, a company that has a solid reputation for manufacturing quality firearms. Even more interesting, this example was made for the European market and bears London proof marks on the right side of the barrels and on the top of the receiver. It was made in 1992 with 28” barrels chambered for 12 gauge 2 3/4” shells. It also comes installed with two Colonial Arms chokes. Don’t pass on this one, drop a bid!