SOLD FOR: $1,030.00
Serial Number: 4449A72
Year of Manufacture: 1972
Gauge: 12 gauge, 2 ¾” shells
Action Type: Side by Side Top Break with Extractors and Single Non-Selective Trigger
Markings: The left side of the left barrel is marked “BROWNING ARMS COMPANY MORGAN UTIAH & MONTREAL P.Q. / MADE IN JAPAN”. The right side of the right barrel is marked “B-S/S SPECIAL STEEL 12 GA-SHELLS 2 ¾”.The sides of the receiver are scroll engraved. The underside of the receiver is marked “BROWNING”. The top tang is marked “4449A72”. The water table is marked “H” in a circle. The left barrel flat is marked “H” In a circle “4449A72 / NP / 12 / 26” **” with an “SP” proof. The right barrel flat is marked “2 7 / SP / NP / 12 / 26” / **-”. The forend hardware is marked “4449A72”. The underside of the right barrel is marked “3”. The underside of the left barrel is marked “4”.
Barrel Length: 23 3/8”
Choke: Both barrels are fixed cylinder bore.
Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a brass bead front sight at the front of the solid rib. The top of the rib is serrated in a wavy pattern to reduce glare.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are glossy lacquer finished checkered walnut with a beavertail forend, pistol grip, straight comb and ventilated brown rubber Pachmayr White Line recoil pad. The stocks have several scattered light compressions, scuffs, drag lines, bruises and scrapes. There are a few scattered spots of marring in the checkering which is otherwise well defined with light handling wear. There are no chips or cracks. The forend has light play to the receiver. The LOP measures 14” from the front of the trigger to the back of the recoil pad, 13″ to the back of the wood. The recoil pad has light wear at the heel and toe and is still mostly pliable, in about Very Good-plus condition. The stocks rate in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 87% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at most edges. The barrels have some scattered light scrapes and scuffs. The outside edges of the fences have light finish wear, there are a few scattered light marks in the receiver and finish wear on the top tang, lever and safety slider. The trigger has a few scattered light marks. The chamber mouths have been chamfered to make loading easier. The screw heads are mostly sharp except for the bottom tang screw which is tool marked with a strong slot. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The safety has been modified so that it functions manually, but does not engage automatically on opening the action. The barrels lock up with no play to the receiver. The trigger is mechanical, not recoil operated. We have not fired this shotgun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: The B-S/S is a double barrel shotgun made by Miroku in Japan for the Browning Arms Company. It has the classic styling of the Citori series in the classic side-by-side configuration of the earliest double barrel shotguns. This example is in Very Good condition wtih about 87% of its finish, bright bores, and strong mechanics. The barrels have been cut to 23 3/8″, opening the bores up to Cylinder, the mechanical trigger allows for a fast second shot without worrying that a light load won’t reset the trigger, and the chamber mouths have been chamfered for easy shucking of fired shells and fast re-loading, making this gun fast-handling, ideal for Cowboy Action Shooting. It would also be great for fast-moving upland birds and skeet. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This shotgun CAN be transferred in California.