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I have 2 Browning Superposed shotguns. One 20ga. 1959 serial

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I have 2 Browning Superposed shotguns. One 20ga. 1959 serial no. 15487 and a 12ga Lightning 1953 serial no. 34595. Both in very good condition. The 20ga shows some wear on the stock but not much. The steel on both is in excellent shape. What is their approximate worth?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Firearms
Expert:  TOM replied 5 years ago.

Hi,

Do you know what grade they are?

Tom

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
I do not, but, how can I tell?
Expert:  TOM replied 5 years ago.

The Grade I has some engraving.

Grade II

Grade III

Grade IV

Grade V

Grade VI

Tom

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Based on the photos, I would have to say Grade 1
Expert:  TOM replied 5 years ago.

Hi,

For the Standard Weight Grade I, They have a blue finish and triggers until 1955 when gold triggers became standard. The stock is a pistol grip walnut with a walnut forend.

The Blue Book values are:

Grading100%98%95%90%80%70%60%
12 ga.N/A$1,825$1,595$1,450$1,150$950$725
20 ga.N/A$3,350$2,925$2,650$2,100$1,750$1,350

The Lightning is 6 oz. lighter than the Standard and has the following Blue Book values:

Grading100%98%95%90%80%70%60%
12 ga.N/A$1,825$1,595$1,450$1,150$950$725
20 ga.N/A$3,375$2,950$2,650$2,125$1,750

$1,350

 

The following applies to both guns

Add approx. 35%-50% per extra set of barrels (same ga. only), depending on condition.
Add $300-$500 for correct Tolex hardshell case with paperwork.
Subtract 25% for non-original recoil pads on Grade I models, depending on condition.
Subtract 25% for non-original recoil pads on the higher grades, depending on condition.
Special order Superposed with non-standard factory engraving, checkered buttstocks, 3 piece forearms, and other special orders will command premiums over standard configurations.

Add 20% to 30% to the Blue Book values for retail prices.

I hope this helps you,

Tom

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
thank you
Expert:  TOM replied 5 years ago.

You're welcome, Glad I could help you,

Tom

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