Western Field/Browning?


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Gordon
August 23, 2003, 06:50 PM
I came across a wierd old gun in fine condition Marked "Westernfield-Browning" . This is possibly a model 80?The locking bolt comes thru the roof of reciever and the pump handle gets bumped forward then back. I think this was an otherwise unused Browning shotgun design. Who made it? It has that 20-30's look of fine machineing and wood finish and checkering , it is original to butt plate an is $150 . Should I buy it , what is the story with this strange semi humped back gun?:)

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Gordon
August 24, 2003, 01:13 AM
OK after research I came to conclusion that this is a variation (semi humped back) of the Steven's 520 shotgun . Apparently Western Field marketed it in1920's as a model 30 But as I said this one has a ridge on top of reciever not a complete square back. It is a 1902 Browning pattern , some say his best pump shotgun as Stevens used it for Military contracts in WW1 & WW2! Think it is a good collector piece or a POS for $150?

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