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Moonshine
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My son just acquired a 1962 Belgian Browning Lightning O/U.

Basic 12 g barrels with Purbaugh inserts, all numbered with gun SN, for.410, 28 g, and 20 g.

First I’ve heard of such.

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Posted : August 18, 2019 3:11 pm
Dave B - L.C. Smith Man
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Moonshine,

1962 BB Lightning, nice old gun for field and Clays for sure.  Hope he enjoys it!

Dave B - L.C. Smith Man

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Posted : August 24, 2019 6:06 pm
Moonshine
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@dave-buehner

It’s not for him to shoot - too long. He’ll deal it.

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Posted : August 24, 2019 6:38 pm
thornton
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Pre-salt and Purbaugh was the name back in the day...someone will like it

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Posted : August 24, 2019 7:30 pm
Further North
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Moonshine, is the gun a Superposed Lightning?

Browning made an O/U back there somplace...I'm CRSing on what it was called...that was not a Superposed.

"Some people stand tall as great leaders because they elevate all the people around them, some seek to stand tall by pushing all around them down."

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Posted : August 24, 2019 9:26 pm
Moonshine
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@geoff-roznak

My son made no mention of the word “Superposed” in his texts about the gun.”

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Posted : August 24, 2019 11:36 pm
Further North
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I'd ask him.  He'll know.

The Superposed is, IMO, the classic, industry leader of O/Us.  It was the first, and 88 years later remains among the best (if you can afford the new ones.

I've owned several, including two 1931 first year guns, and have an early 70's 20 gauge Lightning that my daughter has adopted.

Fabulous guns, classic styling, dynamic performance and great value.

Hard to beat.

I'd be curious what your son will ask for that set.  If he's smart (I'd be shocked if he wasn't) it'll be outta my casual acquisition range given the 4 gauge tube set, but one can always hope!

"Some people stand tall as great leaders because they elevate all the people around them, some seek to stand tall by pushing all around them down."

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Posted : August 24, 2019 11:51 pm
Moonshine
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I’ve asked him; will see what he says  - don’t always hear back quickly.

From Wiki, for what it’s worth: 

“Original [Superposed] production dates were 1931-1940.[2] Original production grades were Grade I (Lightning/Standard), Pigeon, Diana and Midas.

“Post World War II production began in 1948 and lasted until 1960 when the model underwent major changes.[2] ”

So, would a 1962 Lightning gun still be a “Superposed?”

Whether or not, it is what it is. 

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Posted : August 25, 2019 9:08 am
Moonshine
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Son’s reply- - 

“All the info I looked up referred to it as a "Lightning Superposed" “

He has sold it.

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Posted : August 25, 2019 4:03 pm
Further North
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That was a sweet gun.

"Some people stand tall as great leaders because they elevate all the people around them, some seek to stand tall by pushing all around them down."

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Posted : August 25, 2019 6:30 pm
Shuck M.
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Sounded sweet indeed. In my simple mind I always just equated a Belgian made Browning ou as a 'Superposed' with various grades made. Very likely oversimplified.  

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Posted : August 26, 2019 2:41 pm
Lee Sykes
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It is a Superposed (B25).  All were made in Belgium. All had non removable forearm.   They made a gun briefly in the mid-70s called Leige and perhaps one other but they were of different design.  

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Posted : August 26, 2019 3:00 pm
Moonshine
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@lee-sykes

Lee - my son replies, “Standard removable forearm. I'll have to look for B25.”

The B-25 came in 1988, according to this - https://www.shotgunlife.com/shotguns/art-of-the-gun/the-secret-of-the-browning-superposed.html

His was a 1962 gun.

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Posted : August 26, 2019 4:41 pm
Lee Sykes
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@lee-sykes

Lee - my son replies, “Standard removable forearm. I'll have to look for B25.”

The B-25 came in 1988, according to this - https://www.shotgunlife.com/shotguns/art-of-the-gun/the-secret-of-the-browning-superposed.html

His was a 1962 gun.

Non removable forearm.   You may have read my post before I corrected it.  I'll look in Michael's Best Guns and see what he says. My memory isn't too sharp and jt's been a few years.  I thought the model B25 was more recent nomenclature but the design was the same as the original Superposed. 

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Posted : August 26, 2019 5:18 pm
Moonshine
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@lee-sykes

I’m confused. I read your saying “non-removable” forearm twice - in your 2:41pm and your 5:19pm posts.

Regardless, my son said it had a “standard removable forearm “

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Posted : August 26, 2019 5:36 pm
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