Of all the world’s major gunmakers, few have been around as long as Browning and fewer have made as wide a variety of firearms. Many of Browning’s guns were built on patents created by the company’s brilliant founder: John Moses Browning. But while JM did invent everything from the M1911 pistol to the Superposed, he never came up with his own design for a SxS.
But that doesn’t mean Browning never “built” them.
In fact, Browning introduced it’s first side-by-side shotgun in 1972. It was the 12g BSS boxlock, and in 1973 the company added a 20g. These guns were actually made in Japan by Miroku and they had beavertail forends and pistol-grip stocks. The trimmer, straight gripped Sporter models came out in ’78. (BTW: So did another classic — the Bee Gees’ Night Fever). Of all these BSS guns, ones Sporters with 28″ barrels are the toughest to find.
That’s why this 20g BSS caught my eye. While it’s not cheap, it is a nice gun at a fair price. It’s also pretty light for a 20g Browning with two tubes. For those reasons, I bet it will sell pretty quickly.
20ga. Browning BSS Sporter SxS Shotgun: 28″ bbl. choked F/IC (factory choked), single select trigger, ejectors, premium grade straight stock, beavertail forearm, 6lbs, As new 99%. Price: $2,050