Browning Superposed 12 gauge five-barrel set. Made in 1956, serial number 51611 features 30-inch barrels with fixed chokes (F/F), matted vent rib with single ivory bead, 3-inch chambers (lengthened), ejectors, mechanical trigger and mechanical safety with selector. CORDY / SIMMONS FOUR-BARREL SKEET SET: Famously made in Belgium for Simmons, each of the Cordy barrel sets is 28-inches long, choked SK/SK, wears a matted vent rib with double beads and is serialed to match the Browning action. Chamber lengths of the 12, 20 and 28 gauge are 2.75-inches and those of the .410 2.5 inches. All have spectacular bores and metal finishes are at least 97 percent across the board. FOREND: In order to accommodate all five barrel sets, the forend was altered to slide on/off and the original instructions are included. ENGRAVING: The receiver wears full coverage with game in gold relief. The right side features five pheasants, the left a trio of ducks and the underside a running rabbit; each in natural habitat which is then surrounded with a bolt vine pattern with framed by what appears to be a thin silver border. The theme extends over the forend furniture, opening lever, tangs and guard at full coverage, as well as the first two inches of the factory barrel set. (The Cordy barrel sets are not engraved.) The engraving is unsigned. CONDITION (base shotgun): The bores are flawless, barrels full on face and the opening lever rests centered. Metal finish is approximately 97 percent, with a bit of thinning from rubbing in a case and loss of gold plating over the trigger. Wood is approximately 95 percent, the forend faintly showing a repaired hairline (left rear) from improper takedown. The balance of conditional loss amounts to a scattering of impressions – mostly along the comb and toe lines. DIMENSIONS: Weight (with 12 gauge 30-inch barrels) is 8.2 pounds. Length-of-pull is 14.25 inches, drops are 1.5 and 2.5 inches, and cast off is approximately .25-inch. No box or papers. The price is firm and layaway is available. $9,000 plus shipping.
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