Made in 1929, this beautifully preserved 16ga Grade 4 Browning A-5 is a refreshing sight! Conservatively retaining 95+% of its condition, this gun could rate as high as 98%. Wood finish and checkering appear original, and have only light pressure/handling marks. Even the artfully sculpted teardrops have evaded damage. Metal blue is thinning on the high edges and on the surface of the top tang. Screw head engraving and screw slots are undamaged. Gold wash has thinned on the trigger, safety and magazine cut-out. Flawlessly executed gold wire inlay is a testament to the engravers art, from more than eighty years ago.
The stock and foreend are crafted of stunningly beautiful walnut. Length of pull is approx 14-1/4" from the trigger over the original Browning horn buttplate. Buttplate has mild surface worming, but fixable. Serial numbers match, including the foreend. 25-1/2" barrel is chambered for 16ga 2-9/16" shells, has shiny, smooth 0.668" bore and cylinder/zero choke. The markings on the side of the barrel match our measurements. Barrel exterior retains excellent blue.
This is an opportunity for Browning collectors to add an un-messed-with Grade 4 A-5, 26" example to their collection, in a smaller gauge, with great condition.
Offered at $5250 SOLD