Browning BSS Side By Side Coach Gun in 12GA 22” Shotgun, MFG 1979

SOLD FOR: $2,251

WOA#: WY240326JS006

Make: Browning/Miroku

Model: Side By Side Coach Gun

Serial Number: 02313RN158

Year of Manufacture: 1979

Gauge: 12, chambered for 3” shells

Action Type: Top-Break Mechanical Trigger Double Shotgun with Extractor.

Markings: The barrel is marked, “B-S/S SPECIAL STEEL12GA SHELLS 2-¾” AND 3” / BROWNING ARMS COMPANY MORGAN UTAH & MONTREAL P.Q. / ASSEMBLED IN KOREA WITH JAPANESE COMPONENTS” the underside of the barrels is marked, “02313” with nitro proofing and marked as “26”” The forend is marked, “02313RN158” The box action has an “H” proof mark. There is engraving on the frame and barrel.

Barrel Length: 22”

Choke: Both Fixed Improved Cylinders.

Sights/Optics: There is a brass bead at the front of the barrel rib.

Stock Configuration and Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered wood with beavertail forend, straight grip, straight comb, and soft rubber buttplate. The buttstock has a multitude of light scratches and pressure dents. The forend has light pressure dents. The LOP measures 14.5” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the stocks rate in Very Good – Fine condition given the age.

Type of Finish: Blued

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: Both bores are bright with no erosion. In this writer’s opinion the bores rate at a 9/10.

Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. There is some wear on the sides of the barrel and under on the trigger guard. The frame has turned to plum. The screw heads are sharp and the markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun rates in Very Good – Fine condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The lock up is tight with no play. We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: None

Our Assessment: The Browning BSS (Browning Side by Side) is a classic double-barreled shotgun manufactured by Browning Arms Company. Produced from 1978 to 1987, the BSS was designed as a side-by-side shotgun for hunting and shooting sports enthusiasts. It features a timeless boxlock action and is renowned for its reliability and elegant craftsmanship.

Chambered in 12 gauge, the BSS handles a wide range of loads, making it suitable for various hunting and shooting applications. Its side-by-side barrel configuration provides quick target acquisition and a classic feel that appeals to both seasoned shooters and collectors alike. This particular Browning BSS has been modified into a Coach Gun.

While production of the Browning BSS ceased in the late 1980s, it remains highly regarded among shotgun enthusiasts for its quality construction, smooth handling, and timeless design. It continues to be sought after in the secondary market by those who appreciate its craftsmanship and performance. -R.E.

Browning BSS Side By Side Coach Gun in 12GA 22” Shotgun, MFG 1979
Browning BSS Side By Side Coach Gun in 12GA 22” Shotgun, MFG 1979