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April 15, 2008

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Bourjaily: What Guns Should Browning Make?

A guest post from Shooting Editor and Shotguns Columnist Phil Bourjaily.

Last week I was lucky enough to travel to Japan with three of my gun-writing colleagues to visit the Miroku factory, which has made Browning guns since 1966. It was an eye-opening experience which I’ll be recounting in an upcoming Shotguns department. After we toured the plant, the Miroku brass gathered us in a conference room and asked “What guns should we make?” Because they thought we were firearms experts, and because they are very polite people, they carefully wrote down everything we told them. We had a lot to say, much of which, if the Japanese know what’s good for them, they will consign immediately to the Miroku shredder.

So let me put the same question to you Gun Nuts, who are the real gun buying public and therefore the experts whose opinions matter: what guns would like to see Browning make? Should they revive the A-5?  How about the A-Bolt shotgun? Or, is there something new you’d like to see come out of the Miroku factory?

Here’s your chance to be heard. Make some noise.

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Ryan

WINCHESTER MODEL 94 30-30 !!!!!

Rocky Mtn Hunter

My problem is, never too many firearms or enough $ to hunt the Rockies as much as i would like.Never owned a Browning, many Remingtons, but now Marlin hs come out with the XL7 and I got a 270 in one. Took 6 months to get. Love it. Quality is there and for a blk syn stocked gun, it looks better than any I've xeen.My only complaint, wish was a 24" bbl rather than the 22. Have you bought any Factory Ammo lately? Better buy up, as it's up about 40%. Wish the mfges would stop making new guns, and just improve on what they already got out. Look at the Rem model 715 and 770, looks like made of beer cans.So far teh BDl and CDL are ok, but the 2 above are junk to me.

Mike Wylie

I am with you on wishing for a new BPS, but something a bit different. I have shot a 20ga shotgun left handed all my life. Started with an Ithaca, which I still have, and went to a BPS to shoot 3" shells for duck hunting. I have wished for a 20ga BPS in black, with a matt finish for years. I am just about ready to paint my present BPS, both metal and stock before this year's season.

Del in KS

Mike Wylie,

Check out www.ultracoatingsinc.com. They have a gun finish called Cerakote that is more rust resistant than stainless steel. It comes in many colors including matt black and military digital camo. Several yr ago they did my Benelli SBE duck gun. I hunt in rain all the time and never a spot of rust even when I don't clean for days. Recently had my new Kimber mod 8400 coated to make it weatherproof. The results are really nice. They even coat screws, springs and trigger parts so the gun truly is weather proof. They can turn a rusty old gun into something that looks new. This is the same finish Thompson-Center uses on their "weathercoated" rifles like the new Icon. Check them out and let me know what you think. If you slap paint on your gun the value will drop like the stock market. Cerokote will add to the value and look good too.

Bob Grumbling & "Emma"

I rabbit hunted with my sweet sixteen for many years and have only pleasant memories of its performance. I would definately buy another . The sweet has been retired by a Gold 12 ga.. The best improvement suggestion...ditto reduce the weight.

Micky

There is no auto in the world that feels like an A5. What I would like to see is redesign of the internals so it would be recoil (inertia) driven with the same exterior. The comfort of an A5 with the simplicity of recoil operation. thats a wet dream.

Next I think Browing needs to dust of the tooling for the A-bolt shotgun or go with a new X-bolt slug rifle. The demand for those is so high right now there are people asking of 2000 bucks for them. The only thing I would add would be 20ga option to the 12ga.


micky

LES

I WANT TO SEE BROWNING COME OUT WITH A TURKEY VERSION OF THE NEW MAXUS. 24" BARREL, REAL TREE APG OR MOSSY OAK OBSESSION OR BREAKUP CAMO. FIBER OPTIC SIGHTS AND A REAL GOOD TURKEY CHOKE.

Brian

I also can't believe they aren't making the A-bolt slug guns. The used ones are selling for nearly $2000. I kick my self for not getting one when I had the chance. I just never thought they'd stop making them. I've had a Marlin for years, but would buy a Browning in a heart beat if they made them again. Please make them again!!!




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