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Oldie But Goodie: BROWNING BT99 Exhibtion Grade!

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  1. train222

    train222 Well-Known Member

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    Oldie But Goodie: BROWNING BT99 Exhibition Single Barrel Trap "ONE OF A KIND"

    This is the Premier Shotgun in my Collection.

    My research showed that this shotgun was manufactured in 1970 as a Standard Grade BT99 with 34”, Full Fixed Choke, Vent Rib Barrel.

    It was shipped to a hardware store in South Carolina in 1970. The gentleman in South Carolina, who I purchased this gun from, told me this shotgun was then sent out to be engraved and restocked. It was A gift to be presented to the State Senator from South Carolina. He told me that he purchased this gun from the senator’s family. The only thing that I can verify is the information that I received direct from Browning.

    The engraving is deep chisel engraving with gold inlays, silver high lights and gold wire border. The shotgun is not signed, so there is really no way of knowing who the engraver might be.

    The stocks are an unbelievable Exhibition Star Burst Wood Pattern with original Browning Recoil Pad. For those of you who may not be aware, Browning Changed the Stock Style of the BT99 for one year only, 1970. Than in1971 that went back to the original pattern. No other BT99 Stock will fit on the 1970 model. To this day, I still do not know why Browning made the change to the stocks, for that one year.

    The gun is Unfired and is one of those special shotguns that you really need to see it in person, to really appreciate the true beauty of it.

    I do wish I would have been able to find out more information about the gun after it was delivered to the hardware store, but the store has been long gone.

    I think the pictures speak for themselves on this one…..

    I hope you are enjoying looking at some of the older shotguns in my collection…. I really enjoy sharing my passion of older shotguns with you….

    Thanks for looking…..

    Stu Gabriel (MrGun)


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  2. philk

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    Have you gone over it with a magnifying glass? Can`t believe that amount of work and that quality has not been signed somewhere. Simply outstanding.
     
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    WOW !!!!!!!!!

    Stu...That is absolutely beautiful.

    Vern
     
  4. senior smoke

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    Stu:
    absolutely beautiful! i love model 12's, and old style bt99's made prior to 1976. it doesn't get any better than this. you have some of the nicest guns i have ever seen. good luck to you friend.
    steve balistreri
     
  5. skeet_man

    skeet_man Well-Known Member

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    Looks VERY similar to the Superposed Midas grade....
     
  6. Phil E

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    Thanks for sharing, Stu. Absolutely stunning. Phil E
     
  7. JACK

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    Stu. Well, you got me going on that gun. But tell me... What is so unusual about the shape of the stock? Taht it was a MC fo rthat year and then went back to strate stokcs?

    Jack

    And you have a PM
     
  8. train222

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    Jack,

    The change, was not if it was A Straight Stock or Monte Carlo, but the size of the tang and the inletling of the stock to the receiver and the size of the forarm latch. For some reason they made these changes in 1970 and then in 1971 they went back to the original design. I also have in my possession the orginal Factory Set of wood that came with the gun.

    I wanted to put the orginal Factory set of stocks on an other BT99, but they would not fit.

    So I spoke to a gentleman at Midwest Gunworks, who was a former Browning employee. He told me that the 1970 wood will only fit on a 1970 BT99 and will not fit on any other BT99.

    I had asked him at the time, what the reason for the change was, and he really couldn't give a realistic reason for the attempted change.

    Hope this helps...

    Stu
     
  9. kraiza

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    Thats a real nice BT99. It would look good in my safe..
    It's nice to have something that you can injoy for a life time.
     
  10. train222

    train222 Well-Known Member

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    Sport Shot,

    I was not the original purchaser of this shotgun in 1970. I brought this gun around 20 years ago from a gentlemen in South Carolina who had purchased it from the family of the senator that the gun was made for.

    Thanks for the interest...

    Stu Gabriel (MrGun)
     
  11. PA101_guy

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    Sweet BT Stu. To my eye the birds are done in a style very much like you'd see on a later GR 6 Citori. Perhaps the engraving was in fact done by Miroku?

    KEEP SMOKIN' EM.... Dave
     
  12. train222

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    Dave,

    I also thought that the gun might have been sent back to Browning for the engraving. Browning has no record of that. Although the birds might look similar to the Grade VI, they are not. The Grade VI and modern day brownings are mostly lazer cut engraving with flush gold work on them. All of the birds on this gun are raised and all of the engraving is deep chiesel engraved.

    Thanks for the interest...

    Stu Gabriel (MrGun)
     
  13. PA101_guy

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    Possibly done at FN through Browning? Or maybe by an engraver who once worked for Browning or FN? The gold wire inlay & engraving is very FN-'ish in the Midas style, yet the birds look Japanese. Very interesting indeed.

    Are you certain it's not signed?

    KEEP SMOKIN' EM.... Dave
     
  14. PA101_guy

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    BTW.....Outstanding wood :)
     
  15. train222

    train222 Well-Known Member

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    Philk and Dave,

    I have gone over every inch of this gun with a magnifing glass and can not find a signature any where...

    Thanks for the interest,

    Stu Gabriel (MrGun)
     
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    Stu. Take the stock off and look in the unexposed areas. please (PLEASE) contact me before yo do so I cna take you thru that process without it ever showing up on the gun.
     
  17. Bushmaster1313

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    Could it have been done by Neil Hartliep?

    see: http://gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=126683196

    (Not my auction)
     
  18. train222

    train222 Well-Known Member

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    Jack,

    At this piont in time I don't want to mess around with taking the stock off . Unfortuneatley I have not been able to work on my guns anymore. Severe Arthritis and Nerve Thropy has set in my hands,arms and legs.

    Thanks for the offer...

    Stu Gabriel (MrGun)
     
  19. rodbuster

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    Thank you for showing us another one of your fine firearms, Stu. You just do not see guns like this at the club. Your posts are another great benefit of this website!

    Have a good evening, Rodbuster.
     
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    WOW! Snookassassin, Clif Adams
     
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