The 4-digit serial number on this Fabrique Nationale manufactured Browning Lightning Superposed over and under shotgun is 79xx. It is the Lightning variant, 26 inch (26.5 to be precise), 2 ¾ inch chambers, Improved Cylinder and Modified chokes. Shoppers please note that the hardshell case IS NOT INCLUDED, it simply shows that the shotgun has been well stored for most of its life.
Positively, there are no cracks anywhere in the wood. The receiver proper has as much as 90 percent of its original bluing remaining, with no stress marks to the screw heads. Similarly, the barrels have 90 percent, or close to it, of their finish remaining, with the only detractions being about 8 slight dings to the rib’s edges only. The chambers and bore tubes are Excellent, with no conspicuous streaks and certainly no pits whatsoever. Lockup and metal-to-metal fit is Excellent. The breech lever still retains 2 or 3 degrees right-ward cant.
Wood finish wear is more conspicuous on the forend than on the buttstock. Forend has about 30 percent of the original gloss finish remaining. It is weakened, but this makes for a nice blend with the rearward forend area where checkering is still strong, and the wear simply makes the finish appear hand-rubbed oil, which indeed it probably is – not intentionally, though. A similar situation holds with the pistol grip area of the buttstock. It has probably 70 percent of the original gloss, with some detractions to the finish on the buttstock sides, notably toward the top about 2 inches rear of the comb. None of the scratches are deep. Buttpad is Pachmayr, probably installed in the 1960s. Length-of-pull is 14 1/8 inches including the pad, and about 13 1/8 of proper walnut buttstock. Checkering is strong on both stock and forend.
The trigger has a substantial amount of its original gold plating, around 60 percent, with wear where it is supposed to be, on the forward trigger face.
This shotgun is original, a strong Very Good, with excellent portions. The only metal that a person should consider refinishing will be the forend furniture and the trigger guard. Wood will accept a gloss refinish, if a person so desires, likely without having to re-cut the checkering. We do not intend to have it refinished. The period, or perhaps even original, case, is in Very Good to Excellent Condition, with perhaps a few dings and surface scratches, but nothing major or conspicuous. We rarely see shotguns like this one; and when we do, they are priced in the $3000 - $4000 range. We’re offering this one, however, for only $2139.95
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