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Old 05-23-2013, 02:04 PM   #1
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Question Browning "hump back" light twelve

I recently inherited a Browning "Light Twelve" semi-auto shotgun. I think it was produced in the 50's and its never been fired or if it has it's very limited. Perfect condition, no scratches mars and it's engraved with some beautiful scroll work. Anyone have any idea of the value?
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Old 05-23-2013, 05:10 PM   #2
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It's hard to assign a value to any gun these days.
The Blue Book is the industry standard, but due to publisher lag and the exploding market, it's almost always low, and in cases like Colt revolvers... Insanely low.
However, unless you can visit a lot of major collectors shows and see what a similar condition gun is bringing, the Blue Book is about all we have to serve as a general guide.

With that said, the Blue Book says a Browning Light Weight 12 gauge in about 98% original condition is listed as so:

A FN model would be about $700
A FN with vent rib around $950.
Subtract 30% if it has a Cutts or Polychoke on the barrel.

20 gauge guns are worth 40% more.

Again, these prices will likely be low to really low.
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Thanks brother! Good info for insurance purposes...
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Can't help you but I'd love to see a pic.
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Can't help you but I'd love to see a pic.
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I recently inherited a Browning "Light Twelve" semi-auto shotgun. I think it was produced in the 50's and its never been fired or if it has it's very limited. Perfect condition, no scratches mars and it's engraved with some beautiful scroll work. Anyone have any idea of the value?

Nice gun. I have one that was made in 1950, +/-. Mine was my father's and it is used, though still in pretty decent shape and certainly shootable.
Mine has an unusual safety; a wedge of gold plated metal that is in the front of the trigger guard and is similar to the M-1 Garand safety in that you push it forward to put in "fire" mode. I was wondering if yours has the same type of safety being it is almost a contemporary. I think A5s were made with this safety for only a short period of time.
I can't really guess at the price but dfariswheel has probably given you a good idea.
I consider mine to be priceless, really; it was my father's and for that reason it has value to me that you just can't attach a dollar value to.
I trust you will enjoy and value your scattergun.
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Nice gun. I have one that was made in 1950, +/-. Mine was my father's and it is used, though still in pretty decent shape and certainly shootable.
Mine has an unusual safety; a wedge of gold plated metal that is in the front of the trigger guard and is similar to the M-1 Garand safety in that you push it forward to put in "fire" mode. I was wondering if yours has the same type of safety being it is almost a contemporary. I think A5s were made with this safety for only a short period of time.
I can't really guess at the price but dfariswheel has probably given you a good idea.
I consider mine to be priceless, really; it was my father's and for that reason it has value to me that you just can't attach a dollar value to.
I trust you will enjoy and value your scattergun.
Mine doesn't have that...and I won't sell mine either..it was my grandfathers.
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Fantastic guns in every way, one of my fav's. It was well know that it was the design the Browning was most proud off. An amazing technological achievement. When invented, you could walk inot a hardware store and ask for a box of "12ga" ammo, and you could get any combination of...

2"
2 1/2"
2 3/4"
2 5/8"
2 9/16"

High base
Low base
High brass
Low brass

Black powder
Smokeless powder
Schultz powder
Duplex or triplex

Brass case
Paper case
Waxed paper case

And Browning created a gun that would work with any combination of the above; simply amazing. Try THAT with your brand new gas action Browning.
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Fantastic guns in every way, one of my fav's. It was well know that it was the design the Browning was most proud off. An amazing technological achievement. When invented, you could walk inot a hardware store and ask for a box of "12ga" ammo, and you could get any combination of...

2"
2 1/2"
2 3/4"
2 5/8"
2 9/16"

High base
Low base
High brass
Low brass

Black powder
Smokeless powder
Schultz powder
Duplex or triplex

Brass case
Paper case
Waxed paper case

And Browning created a gun that would work with any combination of the above; simply amazing. Try THAT with your brand new gas action Browning.
WOW! that's awesome ...I didn't know this
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This one is ribbed (for his pleasure) and has pachmyer recoil pad.
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