I often get the chance to work at hunting fairs in Europe, but whether in France, Germany, Sweden or England, one question comes up time after time. “Hello, I shoot with a B25 purchased in the 1960s and I wanted to know why Browning shotguns stand out from the rest with their extraordinary longevity”? Well, here are some of the answers.
Hand-crafted action frames
Browning’s weapons are long-lasting, primarily because we respect the philosophy of John M. Browning, the brilliant inventor of the B25. According to him, the hands of a gunsmith are always more precise than a machine, however sophisticated it may be. That’s why all our over-and-under shotguns have hand fitted action frames! Each gun is individually adjusted and filed; there is no automation at this stage. The manual process of fitting the action frame guarantees an optimal distribution of the recoil forces that can cause breakage. So, we can say that every Browning shotgun is unique.
Proof of this? – The parts are not interchangeable. So confident are we in the robustness of our shotguns, we are the only manufacturers to offer a 10-year warranty on our action frames as standard.
Japanese steel: a must
Japan is where we make our over-and-under shotguns, a place held in great esteem by connoisseurs of fine knives. The reason is the exceptional steel from which they make their famous katanas. Our Japanese suppliers deliver one of the highest quality hot forged steels in the world. This allows us to manufacture our metal parts to uncompromising standards.
We know that the devil is in the detail. That’s why we leave nothing to chance! For example, our guns have bolts three times larger than those of our competitors. This maintains the barrels better when fired, and prevents play appearing which could eventually damage the whole gun. Another example is that barrel locking lugs are housed on a hinge pin, whereas most manufacturers operate with trunnions. The bearing surface of our shotguns is therefore considerably increased, which greatly reduces vibration in the barrel.
Selecting and adjusting the wood
Most suppliers of wood for gun-making think we’re the most demanding manufacturer in the market. Browning insists on not only the most beautiful but also the highest quality wood. The slightest defect means we reject the whole batch. We are also proud to be one of the only manufacturers to fit all woods by hand! Because the ranges are perfect, recoil and vibration are less likely to damage the wood. We are also the only manufacturers to include ‘bedding’ on all our under-and-over guns. This term refers to a technique of putting a kind of glue between the action frame and the stock which protects the wood as the gun is fired.
So, if you want a shotgun that will stand the test of time, go to www.browning.eu!
Reconditioned my 1953 “D” grade O/U last year. Now looks as new. Cost per year to own $14-29 $ Aust No idea just how many shots have been fired through it since I bought it in 1966. Used on a weekly basis until 2000 still take it out regularly.
I Love my Brownings full stop
I have an A1, B1 & B2 all are superb, what I like is the balance & handling, they seem to float when mounting
bought my browning 325 about 35 years ago its still tight no play cant fire it now as i have spondulosis in my neck and even with a large pad on the butt plate i still get too much whack. need a decent recoil reducer but price wont allow as i am retired now. best gun i ever owned
i love my Browning one Miljon superposed sporting, on the clay grounds in Holland i am the only one hihi
The thing I like about my Belgian Brownings is that beautifull Thunk they make when you close them, it is like the sound of a bank vault door closing
The best comment I have ever heard that sums up how good these guns are was when a well known Australian Clay Target Shooter asked a shooter what he was going to do now he had retired
His reply was ” I going to have a good shot at wearing out a lovely B1 out I have”
The Reply ” No one lives that long”
I love brownings they are easy to fix ultra reliable ,and they shoot good to .I would say they are best there is.
I have a new 525 & it’s perfect in every way—–I simply love it.
I have owned half a dozen B25,s and am at present waiting to have my license come through for a beautiful B2g which I’ve bought recently. There is something magic about these guns and the patterns thrown by a B25 are hard to match, when you’re using the right cartridge. The gun weight, with 70 cm barrels is also a great advantage when the gun is used for a day of walked up shooting.
Being a Swede, I’ve seen prices dropping dramatically on these fine handmade guns in my country and the reason for this is the sad fact, that young persons who passed the exam for a hunters license and are about to buy their first gun, believe that you cannot hit something with a shotgun if it hasn’t screw-in chokes. A sad fact, but a godsend for people who understand what a B25 is and accordingly making it possible to buy one for 25-30% less on the second-hand market, than 10 – 15 years ago.