Model: 32, Monte Carlo Grade
Serial Number: 2727
Year of Manufacture: 1967
Gauge: 12 Gauge, 70mm (2 ¾”) Shells
Action Type: Single Selective Release trigger.
Markings: The receiver is finely engraved with gold inlay and border. The underside of the receiver is marked “KRIEGHOFF / MODEL 32”. The forend hardware is marked “2727”. The left side of the top barrel on the two barrel set is marked “H. KRIEGHOFF K.G.ULM GERMANY / MODEL 32 – 12 GA. / BOHLER – LAUFSTAHL”. The top barrel is marked “e04c 12/70”. The bottom barrel is marked “eU3c 12/70”. The underside of the lug is marked “2727 test fire proof and date code 167 / KRIEGHOFF / ULM I”. The right side of the barrel is marked “MADE FOR EUROPA CORPORATION MIMI FLORIDA”. The left side of the top barrel is marked “F” near the chamber and the bottom barrel is marked “IM”. The trap barrel is marked “IMPORTED BY MELVIN J. HUNTING BELLE MEAD NEW JERSEY / BOHLER – LAUFSTAHL” and “u4 / 18.6MM 12/70” followed by “2 ¾”. The top plugged barrel is marked “12/70”.
Barrel Length: 30” O/U barrel and 32” for the single trap barrel
Choke: Improved Modified over Modified for the Over under barrel set. There single trap barrel is cylinder
Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a bead at the muzzle and a mid bead on the over under barrel set. There single trap also has a bead at the muzzle and a mid bead. The rib is adjustable with a dial at the muzzle.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are High grade wood, beautifully polished and finished. There are a few light scratches and marks, nothing really stands out. The checkering at the wrist, upper tang, and lower tang is lacking in the quality expected from the level of engraving and wood. The job was done by hand, there are just too many minor imperfections to be from the factory in our opinion. Most average shooters will never notice. There are no visible chips or cracks and the fit to the metal is acceptable throughout. The stock was fit to the previous owner with a Drop at comb 1 5/16” and a drop at heel (measured to the rear most part of the cheek rest) 1 3/16”. The butt is canted with the toe away from a right handed shooter, please see our pictures for a better understanding. There is a right hand palm swell as well at the wrist. The LOP measures 13.5” from the front of the trigger to the back of the Pachmayer rubber recoil pad. The stocks rate in about Fine – Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue with gold Sculpted Inlays
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright on all barrels. There is no erosion. Both barrels have porting.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 95% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows light handling marks from previous use. Most of the wear is a result of assembly and disassembly, hidden by the forend when assembled. There is some tape residue on the bottom of the barrels, we were able to remove most of it, the remainder is just a little stubborn. When assembled the gun looks great and any marks are discovered under close examination with the gun inches from your face. The engraving is beautiful, we highly recommend spending some tiume with the pictures. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Fine – Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The shotgun is equipped with a release trigger, if you are not familiar with this please read up on it and make sure you understand how it works. This can become a safety concern in the field. We also noticed that the tang safety is frozen / not functioning properly. 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: The shotgun is in a Browning branded two barrel Naugahyde case. The gun fits the case well and holds the barrels in place firmly. If the Browning logo was not on the outside corner no one would be the wiser because of how well the shotgun sits in the case.
Our Assessment: This shotgun is truly beautiful and was a pleasure to handle and assess. The deep relief engraving and gold inlays are tastefully beautiful with no noticeable flaws. The wood grain and figuring matches in quality. We wish the checkering was a little more detailed, but honesty, with the gun shouldered no one would notice. I am what I consider a normal size right handed shooter and I was able to mount the gun well with little adjustment. There is an extreme cant in the toe away, which when bring the gun up to mount I noticed stopped me from bringing the gun too high on the shoulder. What we found interesting is the single selective trigger with a release. In our opinion not the best for field hunting, but if you were participating in a Pigeon shoot, or any clay shooting sport you have that slight advantage in getting a faster follow-up shot. The Browning case doesn’t bother us, it holds the gun well and great addition until something better can be found.