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Browning Grade VI Engraving ??

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by cabman, Aug 8, 2011.

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  1. cabman

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    I have a Browning Grade VI made in Japan. Serial #27132PR643

    Is this gun hand done or was it pressed and then hand embellished?

    Its pretty none the less but when I look at it under a magnifying glass it looks hand done?

    What am I really looking at?

    Thanks,

    Cabman
     
  2. bigbore613

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    Grade 5 Citoris were hand engraved . The grade 6 had gold and were not. Jeff
     
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    I was under the impression that Grade V and VI were the same engraving pattern but the VI had gold inlays for the animals in the scenes. Can anyone clarify this for me?

    Brownk80
     
  4. bigbore613

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    Grade 5 was very close to the Diana Superposed. Grade 6 was stamped or rolled , no comparison. Jeff
     
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    The grade 6 was not stamped or rolled but probablly etched and the gold is NOT an inlay but was plated on and touched up a bit after.
     
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    Grade II and Grade V where both hand engraved from what I heard. The grade VI was not. I believe the two I had, the gold birds and such had different contour to them. They did not look like the usual flat plated gold engraving. They seemed to be inlayed, even though they may have still been plated. Still is a very nice looking gun, both in the Blued and Nickel version.
     
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    Anyone have any idea what a grade VI NIB is worth?
     
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    Depending on model, I sold my Grade VI Citori Trap with nickel receiver for $2700, six years ago. The blued version sold for $2400, sold about the same time. They were both in like new condition. Hard to say what they would bring today. I would think around $3000, would be a good starting point. Wish I still had both of those. They were great works of art.
     
  9. cabman

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    This is my work of art....glad I kept it forA BIT OVER 20 YEARS!!
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    Cabman,

    That is a beauty. Really nice wood. Now I really miss mine. Nicest looking gun I have ever owned. Can you show a picture of the engraving up close.
     
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    I know people will want to argue, but I have a grade 6 skeet in 20 ga. That is hand engraved and signed. I called Browning about it and their historian said if it is signed, then it was hand engraved. He even knew the engraver. I own four of these grade 6s, two skeet and two trap but only the one is signed.
     
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    I believe I read not to long ago in one of the outdoor magazines, when they took a tour of the plant in Japan, that the engraved guns are first rolled, then the lines are re-cut by hand.

    Here's the link....

    http://www.fieldandstream.com/photos/gallery/guns/shotguns/2011/03/citori-miroku-shotguns-browning-japan-factory-tour?photo=7#node-1001384352


    Doug
     
  13. cabman

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    Thank you very much for the link..It was really interesting to see how it is done.
     
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    what did you expect? 20,000 engraving job on a 3000 gun?????
     
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    I have a few Citori VI's. I have one that is hand engraved and signed. All the other ones do not have as nice recessed and actual depth ingraving. I will try to take pictures of two grade sixes for comparison.
     
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    In cabmans second post there is box with a red x. If I right click a dialog box with options in it, I click the show picture but it don't.
    All the threads that have this box I can't open. Any help?

    Robert
     
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    Cabman: Very nice shotgun. Beautiful stock.

    -Gary
     
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    Notice the signature on the black and gold receiver M NOZAKI.
     
  20. toad67

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    Check these out.........
     
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