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Browning Twelvette

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by TN Man, Oct 23, 2010.

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  1. TN Man

    TN Man TS Member

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    Opinions about Browning Twelvette. Why did Browning make a 2 shot auto?
     
  2. DoubleAuto

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    The Browning Double Auto was made at various times in three Models/Weights. The Standard steel receiver gun, the Twelvette with an alloy receiver and the Twentyweight with an alloy receiver and further reduced weight. The DA's are one of the best balanced semi-autos Browning has ever made. Very lively shotguns in the Twelvette and Twentyweight (particularly with plain barrels). DA's make great upland hunting shotguns. The DA's were made with Cylinder, Skeet, Improved Cylinder, Modified and Full fixed chokes (may have been made in more choke choices but these are the ones I have). It was made with plain barrels, vent-rib barrels and a unique solid rib with a recessed channel. Black and Grey colored receivers are the most common. However, the DA receivers were made in many other colors (including many that were only made in as experimental colors). A few 20 gauge experimental DA shotguns were made but the guns never went into production.

    The DA was invented by Val Browning, son of John Browning.

    DoubleAuto
     
  3. GROCERY GUY

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    DoubleAuto, you forgot to tell them about the trap model. Glenn Allison
     
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    I knew that there was a trap model but have never seen one. Thought I would leave details like that to the DA experts on here who know a lot more about them than I do.

    DoubleAuto
     
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    I don't think that is possible.Glenn Allison
     
  6. GROCERY GUY

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    Sorry about that, I have the wrong double auto. Glenn Allison
     
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    Double Auto, Grocery Guy didn't read the user name very well. He thought Dbl Auto was fishing for somebody to talk about his favorite shotgun.

    But since somebody did ask, I'll tell you about some of mine.

    Doug Allison
     
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    Here is a 1971 last year flat knob DA with the diamond post VR.

    Doug Allison
     
  9. Dbl Auto

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    20wt.

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  10. GROCERY GUY

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    That's the Dbl Auto I know. Are you going to show him the Trap Model. Glenn Allison
     
  11. Dbl Auto

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    The cool recessed rib on the early guns.
    Doug Allison
     
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    The only thing that makes a DA trap gun is the stock. It had a higher comb as you would expect. This one is from 1960ish.
    Doug Allison
     
  13. Dbl Auto

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    Here is Grocery Guy in the early 70's with that DA trap gun in Iowa looking for Pheasants.
    Doug Allison
     
  14. Dbl Auto

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    About 67,000 were made in all. The gun has a cult following and they are very collectable in the unique colors. They are best used IMO in the uplands. As stated before, I don't use many magnum loads in mine as I don't want to tear them up. That trap model shown above has had many, many, thousands of rounds including some big ones ran through it. I do have a beat silver DA that sports a rifled slug bbl for deer. It kicks like a mule and I have yet to shoot it at an actual deer, maybe this year? They are very dependalbe and parts are still available. Art at www.artsgunshop.com can fix them. Black and Grey DA's can be had for $400-$600. One just sold in a LGS for $390 and was in average condition but was functional.
    Doug Allison
     
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    A friend that I hunted Quail with had one and he could shoot hell out of Quail with it==very fast handling...SMOKIT
     
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    I bought one very cheap, with a skeet barrel and shot a 97 with it the very first time I used it. I almost didn't but it because the barrel was so thin but Dbl Auto talked me into it(It didn't take much urging). I've always been fond of 1100's and 390's but can understand why folks like the twelvette. Jackie B.
     
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    I bought a Trap model Twelvette in 1964.
    I loved it, easy recoil, never failed, however, the "chrome" lined bbl rang like a bell after every shot, and the ejected hull almost always hit the shooter to my right square in his (or her) temple, did not make many friends that way.
    Never had an auto-loader throw a spent hull as far as that Browning did.
    Would have kept it if I could have found a shell catcher to fit that worked.
    Sold it at a nice profit and bought a NM Garand. Shot a lot of DCM with it, but now I use the Garand once and a while at 3 gun shoots, don't win much but the roar and the clang of the enblock clip ejecting is a hoot. Love the look of disaproval from the piss-ant AR frame .223 shooters. Man up boys, take a little recoil, I think I need an M1A next.

    Bill Boston
     
  18. Dbl Auto

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    The DA with a VR does have a distinctive sound when fired.
    Bill, was your DA trap a black receiver gun?
    Doug Allison
     
  19. GROCERY GUY

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    Dad would be pleased to know what a monster I have created. He loved that gun.
    It has many more thousands in it. Glenn Allison ps I never could beat him with it or any other shotgun.
     
  20. Dr.Longshot

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    We used to have a Chairshooter that shot a Twelvette and was qute good with it, and it was a Trap Model. Shot at the Marysville Ohio Gun Club that is now closed.

    Gary Bryant
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