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I currently own 2 Browning Leo Specials: a BT-99 as well as a BT-100. There is also another one in my immediate family that my brother shoots.Since acquiring these guns, I have found that there is not very much information to be found on the internet outside of the basic history, and a ton of misinformation regarding the Leo Specials.With only a few runs produced, I would like to create a database and catalog every Leo Special that I can find.During my research, I have seen numbers above and beyond the 100 that were produced during a particular run.I have also seen these numbers located on different parts of the action lever.If you own a Leo Special, could you please email me at [email protected] or post pictures of your gun including its number.I would like to eventually start a website dedicated to the Leo Special, showing examples of found pieces.
 

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I currently own a BT 100 Leo Special. I bought it new when Leo was still in business. It is serial number
87. I have shot it for many years but have since put it in the gun safe for another gun. I pull it out every once
in a while to shoot it and clean it and put it back. I have replaced the springs and firing pin once since I purchased it.
Thanks ........... Tom
 

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Here is what Browning sent me:


Leo Grade I Leo Pigeon 1987 100 100 1988 100 1989 50 1990 50 1991 100 50 1992 15 25 1993 25 70 1994 81 40 There is a Browning Collectors Association on line that might offer a little more help. Best Regards, Browning Customer Service tp

Browning Collectors Association gave no info, in fact they had never heard of a Leo's Special. Needless to say I was not happy with the BCA so I did not join!

I am assuming the 1987 100 100 means 100 BT-99 and 100 BT-100 not sure as they didn't specify
 

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Any pictures that you guys would be willing to send of those guns would be really appreciated. Actually seeing the different placement of those numbers could help me put them in a particular production run. Thanks!
 

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Yes sir, I’ve seen all of those. Just looking for pics of any additional guns that may be out there to help catalog this fairly small run of shotguns and help identify the subtle differences.
 

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Leo Grade I Leo Pigeon 1987 100 100 1988 100 1989 50 1990 50 1991 100 50 1992 15 25 1993 25 70 1994 81 40 There is a Browning Collectors Association on line that might offer a little more help. Best Regards, Browning Customer Service
I am assuming the 1987 100 100 means 100 BT-99 and 100 BT-100 not sure as they didn't specify
Thanks for digging out that info, Tom!

The list Browning Customer Service sent you ends at 1994. So, I guess it covers BT-99s only, since the BT-100 didn't even reach the market at all until 1995.

I believe the two sets of numbers (after some of the years in your list) are separate totals for how many BT-99 Grade I Leo Specials were made that year and how many BT-99 Pigeon Grade Leo Specials were made that year.
 
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