The Browning Superposed was one of the most significant shotguns designs ever created. Rugged and well made, it was one of the first high-quality, affordable over-unders made. Even though it wasn’t cheap in its day, it cost a far less than OUs made in the UK. Here’s more information about this Super Light model Superposed from the seller:
Ultra Rare 1970 Belgium Browning Superposed Superlight 20GA English Stock: Browning Superposed Superlight Grade I, Chambered in 20GA!! This Browning Superposed Superlight is one of the Grade I Configurations Built in the Famed Belgium Facility, Featuring a 26″ Fixed Choke Vent Rib Barrel Choked Full / Modified, Gorgeous Blue Finish with Grade I Scroll Engraving on the Receiver and the oh so Sought After English (Straight) Wood Stock!!
Back when I was a kid, Brownings, Rugers, and then Beretta 686s were the classy OUs I dreamed about owning one day, and this 20g Browning Citori Superlight certainly would have been a shotgun that I fantasized about taking into the field with me.
It’s on Gunbroker.com now, and the online auction ends 5/28/2022 @ 8:15 PM.
The Browning Citori was the grandchild of the company’s first over-under shotgun — the Superposed. First offered in 1973, Citoris are still around today and over the last 50+ years they have come in all sorts of styles and models.
A TRULY EXCEPTIONAL!!!! 1985Browning Citori “SUPER-LIGHT” – FACTORY ENGRAVED!! Chambered in 20 GAUGE 2 3/4 inch ONLY!!!!!
Sporting a 26inch VENTED Ribbed barrel, OUTFITTED W/ the highly desirable INVECTOR CHOKE SYSTEM!!!! Finished off W/ a GORGEOUS“OIL FINISHED” (NOT THE EASILY MARKABLE EPOXY FINNISH) English style walnut stock &SUPER SEXY SCHNABEL fore-end!
Flaunting 95% CONDITION!!! !!! FROM 1985!!
IF THIS EXAMPLE WAS EVER FIRED, IT WAS LESS THEN A BOX OF SHELLS IF THAT!!
This is the VERY RARE & DESIRABLE “SuperLight” Model!!! Not the “Sporter” Model, the “Sporter” model is desirable as well, but nothing close to the “SUPERLIGHT“!!!
A quick way to tell the difference btw: the two is that the “SUPERLIGHT’s” WILL ONLY EXCEPT 2 3/4 inch shells! While the “Sporter” Model will except 3inch shells…
These “SUPERLIGHT’s” are OVER 1 POUND LIGHTER than their “Sporter” Model Cousin!!
Unlike today’s alloy framed & gloss finished Citori’s, this GEM is an ALL STEEL receiver and sports a gorgeous OIL FINISH that doesn’t show dings as ugly white scars the way gloss finishes do!!
This Citori SUPERLIGHT is in excellent condition! If it wasn’t for the very small handling marks near the receiver, I would rate this at 99%+. But in no way do these small handling marks take away from the beauty of this piece!
OVERALL: If you are looking for a super classy upland shotgun THIS IS IT!!!
This is one phenomenal over/under by Browning – arguably the best model for upland bird hunting with its light-weight, gorgeous English stock & undeniably sexy schnabel fore end!!!
AYA No. 4/53 Double Barrel 28 Ga Shotgun, Beautiful! PENNY START! This is an AYA No. 4/53 double barrel shotgun chambered in 28 gauge. This gun rates at about 99.8%! This gun is absolutely beautiful. The metal finish is about perfect, with only the very TINIEST little scratch on the left side lower edge of the receiver. The case colors are perfect. It is equipped with ejectors. The 26″ barrels are also perfect with bright and shiny bores. The wood is excellent with one small repaired crack as shown on the left side of the wrist. The classic English straight stock coupled with the splinter forend makes this gun a quick handler. The chokes are IC & M. This gun is a box lock using the Anson & Deeley/ Westley Richards style of action. This gun was imported by American Arms Inc. This gun has seen very little use, and is absolutely gorgeous. Don’t miss this sweet shotgun!
Back in the day, L.C. Smith was one of America’s most successful gunmakers. According to this timeline from the L.C. Smith Collector’s Club, the first “L.C. Smith” SxS shotguns appeared in 1884. The company went out of business in 1950. The name was revived in 1969 and retired for good in 1971. In that time, LC Smith built 250,000+ guns in several configurations and grades (learn more about them here).
The 16g you see here is a Field grade, the most basic SxS Smith offered from 1912-1950.
The Field-grade Smiths came in 10g, 12g, 16g, 20g, and .410. Regular and Featherweight (FW) models were offered. LC Smith built around 199,384 of them — 38,678 in 16-gauge alone.
While it has problems (like a stock that’s cracked in a couple places), the issues I can see can be fixed. If the barrels and the rest of the gun are sound, there’s no reason you can’t take this shotgun back into the field to hunt again.
Parker Bros VH, 16 Gauge, 0 Frame, 26″ Barrels, No Reserve: Sights: Front Bead, Choke: Improved and Modified, Chamber: 2 1/2 Inches, Stock: LOP: 13″ – 14″ (Dual Triggers), DAH: 2 5/8 Inches, DAC: 1 5/8 Inches, Weight: 6.0 lbs, Serial Number: 157060. Additional Features: Barrel, receiver, and forend all have matching serial numbers. Original factory buttplate. Automatic safety. Overall Condition: Good -Several small cracks throughout the wrist. Bore Condition: Good Finish Condition: Good Mechanical Condition: Good
ISSUE 1: The checkering pattern on the forend is incorrect for a GH-grade Parker.
It should look like this:
ISSUE 2: The “2 3/4 SHELL” stamp on the barrel flats was not put there by the maker.
While the incorrect checkering pattern doesn’t bother me much, that 2 3/4 SHELL stamp gives me pause. Was it put there to inform — or deceive? And what should you make of it?
Chamber-lengths on older Parker shotguns are a confusing topic and trying to figure them out makes my head hurt. From what I can figure out, this 20g GHE was probably made with 2 3/8″ chambers for low-pressure 2 1/2″ shells.
No, that’s not a typo: 2 3/8″ chambers for 2 1/2″ ammo. Parker often bored chambers 1/8″ short, believing it improved shot patterns.
Once 2 3/4″ became the standard shell length for American-made game loads, gunsmiths and gunmakers often lengthened short chambers to 2 3/4″.
So is that what happened with this gun? Sort of. If the chambers really are 2 3/4″, a gunsmith — not Parker or Remington — did the work. As for the stamp, it’s not from the factory. But the person who had the gun redone may have asked to have the chambers opened and the gunsmith obliged and marked his work.
Or maybe a gunsmith opened the chambers to 2 3/4″ before the gun was redone and then later someone else added the mark to make the longer chambers appear original. Possible, but unlikely.
Regardless, one thing we do know for certain is if you were to buy this gun, you need to have a qualified gunsmith take a close look at the barrels and action to be sure everything is still in sound, safe, and shootable condition.
And even if they are, remember that you can’t shoot modern, high-pressure 2 3/4″ loads in this gun. You must still use vintage-style shotgun ammo.
Yesterday, I spotted this great little 20g S55. Gunbroker.com. It’s listed online now at Gunbroker.com and the auction ends Wednesday, 10/15, @ 9:00 PM.
It has everything you need to hunt grouse, woodcock & quail: two triggers, two barrels, good chokes, and good stock dimensions. And don’t let the sling turn you off. Over your shoulder is a great way to carry your gun — especially if you hunt over pointing dogs.
Beretta introduced it’s S-series OU shotguns in 1955. There were three models: the S55 (Silver Snipe), the S56 (Golden Snipe), and the S57 (Ruby Snipe). These OUs combined features of Beretta’s expensive, handmade ASEs and sidelock S1s with cost-cutting, mass-production techniques.
In their day, Beretta’s S55, S56, and S57 competed with OUs like the Browning Superposed. But the S55, S56, and S57 weighed less and cost less than Browning’s gun. Thanks to these differences, the Beretta’s S-line of OUs sold well.
Over time, these guns evolved into some of the best-selling OUs ever, like the Beretta 686 and the S687 Silver Pigeon.
European Beretta Model S55 Over Under 20 Ga Shotgun 28″ F/M Mfd 1962: We offer you a Beretta Model S55 Over/Under 20 gauge shotgun. It appears to be similar to their Silver Snipe shotgun. It was made for the European market and came from the factory with sling swivels and has a sling as shown. It wears 27 7/8 inch barrels but they were marketed as 28 inch. Both sides of the receiver are marked the same “BERETTA LOGO – PIETRO BERETTA / GARDONE V.T Brescia / MADE IN ITALY. The top of the barrel is marked “BERETTA with the Beretta logo as shown. The top barrel on the left side reads “ACCIAIO SPECIALE AL CROMO MOLIBDENO” – ” SPECIAL CHROME MOLYBDENUM STEEL” / 1,100 15,8 15,1. “full”. The top edges on the left is marked with the model number S.55″ the right top edge the serial number “01536”. On the receiver bottom is an engraving over a banner marked P.BERETTA / S.55 / PATENT as shown The bottom barrel “17.4/70 15,8 15,4” “modified”. The bottom is marked with proof marks with the model “S.55” the serial number “01536” and date code “XVIII” which makes the year of production 1962. The bores on the barrels are in excellent condition and it functions just fine. The bluing is in fine condition with some marks and a small area of freckling on the bottom of the lower barrel. It has 2 3/4 inch chambers, extractors and double triggers. There are no “star” choke markings on the barrels. The forearm is solid with no cracks with some dings on the bottom as shown and also has the matching serial number of “01536”. The English style butt stock is solid with no cracks and has some dings with the most distracting on the left side as shown. Overall this is a very fine made in Italy over/under shotgun.