Browning is one of the world’s most famous gunmakers – and for good reason. John Browning changed the gun world forever, and millions of shooters have cherished creations. But even though Mr Browning designed two of the most iconic shotguns of the 20th century – the Auto 5 and the Superposed – he never developed a SxS.
Browning’s first SxS was a rugged boxlock called BSS. Introduced in 1971 and offered until , it made in Japan by Miroku. Browning added to it’s BSS line in 1983 with introduction of its highly regarded BSS sidelock. While both models were well made, Browning stopped producing them in 1987. But even though the BSS ended, Browning still offered side-by-sides through The Browning Custom Shop in Herstal, Belgium. I don’t know a lot about the SxSs they offered but at least two of the models (LC1 & LC2) were offered until about 2006. Both were manufactured by the famous Belgian firm Lebeau-Courally, and the gun you see here is one the guns that company built. This gun looks top quality, and at $10,500, it’s a very fair deal.
Browning Lebeau Courally LC1 20 Gauge Sidelock Shotgun: From the Browning Custom Shop by Lebeau Courally. This 20 Gauge bar action sidelock with 28″ F/M chopper lump ejector barrels with 2 3/4″ chambers and smooth raised rib. Bores measure .627 right and left. Choked .011 right and .028 left. Color case hardened reciever with border scroll engraving. Double triggers. Highly figured straight grip stock of European Walnut. 14 3/8″ LOP to a checkered butt. DAC-1 1/2″ DAH- 2 5/8″ Neutral cast. Splinter forend with Anson forend release. 6lb 1oz Cased in factory Emmebi trunk case with cloth sleeves. The Browning LC1 was discontinued in 2006. MSR at that time was $17,516. This outstanding 20 bore game gun remains in new and possibly unfired condition. Outstanding value by Belgium’s top tier maker. Price: $10,500