You are the go to guy for the BT’s. I believe the matte finish BT100 was the model that did not offer the eject/extract option. I had both a gloss and a matte finish BT100. The matte finish BT100 came with a drop out trigger missing the eject/extract option. The gloss finish BT100 trigger group had all options. The drop out triggers were interchangeable though on both. Should have never sold either of them.A quick summary of the basic differences:
Two "generations" were produced (Gen 1 and Gen 2).
- The Gen 1 BT-99 was made from 1968 to 1995. This is sometimes referred to as the "old style" or "original" BT-99. General consensus is that Gen 1 BT-99s were better fit and finished than the Gen 2 version. There were a staggering number of different variants offered over the years . . . everything from the base model to highly-engraved/higher-quality wood versions at much higher prices. Fixed-choke versions . . . Invector-choke tube models . . . Invector-Plus choke-tubed models, 2-barrel sets, the BT-99 Plus (with adjustable rib and recoil-absorbing mechanism), Micro-sized models, the expensive Golden Clays version, contracted production-run "Leo Specials", and on and on. All the Gen 1 versions were equipped with an ejector. Used-gun prices for Gen 1 guns can therefore be all over the map, depending on condition, and the exact version it is. Some Gen 1-specific parts are getting hard to find.
- The Gen 2 BT-99 has been made from 2001 to the present. Many of them are extract-only. The base model has a very plain receiver and wood. Over the past 10 years or so, Browning has added many new Gen 2 versions to their line-up, and discontinued many others. Like Gen 1, special production runs and SHOT Show specials also exist. Some of them are very high-grade, and are even equipped with an ejector again. Therefore, Gen 2 BT-99 prices can also be all over the map (both new and used prices). Example: the base model Gen 2 currently has an MSRP of $1500. The current production BT-99 Max High-Grade has an MSRP of about $5400. Gen 2 parts (and those parts that are common to Gen 1 and Gen 2) are easy to find when you need them.
The BT-100 was made only from 1995 to 2001. It has a completely different rib than (most) BT-99s. Yes, it has a drop-out trigger assembly, which means although the BT-100 externally resembles a BT-99 (and handles similarly), the insides of the guns are completely different. BT-100s were well fit and finished (equal to the Gen 1 BT-99 in that regard). Among some shooters, the BT-100 has almost a "cult following". Browning only made the BT-100 for a few years, then dropped it and introduced the Gen 2 BT-99.
Some replacement parts for the BT-100 are getting scarce.
So, you can't really compare/choose a BT-99 versus a BT-100 unless we know which exact version of each gun . . . new BT-99? Used BT-99? Gen 1 BT-99? Gen 2 BT-99?
You will not regret it. A much better overall shotgun than the 99. The 99's have a reputation for having a bit more recoil as well. I suppose this is contributed to there lighter than standard weight.Bought a BT100.