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Browning Custom Shop B25 Renaissance SE 12GAx3″ 28″bbls

Browning

B25 Renaissance SE

12 Gauge

Break Action

Upland

Right-Handed

28"

2

0911076

Availability:

1 in stock

$89,999.99

1 in stock

The Wood
GETTING TO THE ROOT OF WHAT MAKES A SUPERLATIVE SHOTGUN
Only walnut wood – root or first fork – is used, not only for its magnificence but also for its characteristics of hardiness, combined with suppleness.
The walnut tree that is dedicated to the stock of a luxury firearm is not cut down but uprooted with hundreds of precautionary measures. The walnut blocks, simply squared, will become fine weapons stocks. Each block weighs about 3 kilograms of which there will be only 600 grams left after shaping. In the same wood and with the same care, the forehand will will be fitted up to the barrels and fore-end iron to match the stock.

ENSURING A PRECISE FIT BETWEEN THE WOOD AND THE STEEL SECTION
In order to ensure the specified fit between the wood and steel section, our craftsman uses a technique similar to lampblacking. Using a special red dye, he smears it on to the action frame, which he then locks onto the stock.
Disassembling the parts, he notes the points marked with red dye and thus refines the precision of the fitting. He then employs the same method to fit the fore-end and the trigger guard. The stocker uses tools that he has designed and made to his own specifications, for inletting the stock and the receiver, as well as the fore-end and at the fore-end stock.

ARRIVING AT THE FINAL FORM

After fitting the woodwork, the stocker reshapes the stock and the fore-end to give the final form. He also corrects measurements to the wood edges, plate and handle. Then, patiently and meticulously, he repairs small wood defects with inlets. Now the wood will be subjected to a series of finishing processes. Successive stages of polishing and rubbing with grain filler are repeated until perfect.

 


Eventually the wood parts are waterproofed by linseed oil saturation.

THE CHECKERING, ENSURES AN EXCELLENT GRIP
In order to assure an excellent grasp of the firearm in one’s hand, the stock and fore-end prehensile zones are checkered by hand. This work of the finest and most accurate kind and of surprising elegance is performed with special tools, some showing astonishing forms, designed and manufactured by the craftsman himself. The limits of the zones that have to be checkered are previously marked on the wood with talcum powder and pattern.

Receiver & Frame
THE ACTION FRAME – REFILING AND PROFILING
This starts with the dismantling of the percussion parts of the B25 for cleaning. Using a file, emery paper and a specially made chisel, the craftsman begins the task of the final refiling of the frame, fore-end iron and barrel head. The polishing of the parts that will be engraved is done manually with thin emery paper. This is extremely fine and exacting work, as the polishing must not alter the form created by the refiling.

PERPETUATING THE LIÈGE ENGRAVING TRADITION
The master engravers of the Liège area of Belgium have been world famous since the 16th century. Jean Varin, Jean Valdor, Corombelle and the Demarteau brothers all chiselled their reputations in the courts of the French kings.
Today their heirs continue the engraving tradition of Liège with artistry, delicacy and patience.
The technique remains the same. With deftness of touch, the engraver outlines a rough sketch in fine lines on the polished steel using a dry point needle. Then, using handmade chisels and hammers, an elegant motif, scene or pattern emerges in exquisite, complex detail.
Almost anything is possible, including the inlaying of precious metals like pure gold, green gold, yellow gold, silver or copper for a spectacular finish.
Each action frame of a John M Browning Collection is house marked to confirm its authenticity. The engraving is also signed by the artist who created it, and that confirms supreme talent, patiently applied.
The Barrels
EVERYTHING STARTS WITH THE CHOICE OF QUALITY STEEL

A B25 begins life in the barrel workshop.

It starts with the choice of quality steel, which at this stage is in the form of solid bars that are successively hot-forged to increase their strength, then drilled and hammered at the choke. Traditionally, each pair of barrels consists of two barrels ‘demi bloc’, silver brazed together for outstanding durability. Tried and trusted, this technique is still regarded as the most reliable.

The side and top ribs are tin soldered and brazed to the barrels. At the boring bench the inside of the each barrel is polished using a rod partially covered with lead lap and emery dust. Then the barrel maker bores the chambers of the barrel and reams the choke.


Striking off is the process that removes the braze residue along the top and tin from the side ribs, as well as any unevenness to the outer profile of the barrel left by machining. The ‘garnisseur’ smooths the barrels off, leaving a faultless ‘line’. This work is done entirely by hand, using planes specially designed by the craftsman himself.

ASSEMBLING THE ACTION FRAME, BARRELS AND FOR-END IRON

To assemble these three principal elements the gunsmith uses the technique of lamp-blacking, an ingenious method that is both simple and efficient. This ancient process is still the only way to ‘see’ the fitting and timing of the parts inside the closed gun. The parts are covered in a fine layer of lampblack produced by the flame of an oil lamp. It is one thousandth of a millimeter thick.

 


He then fits them firmly together before breaking them apart. If there has been any friction between the parts, the lampblack will have disappeared. Thus the gunsmith can check the precise fitting and timing of the parts and make any necessary modifications. He repeats the operation as many times as needed until the fitting is perfectly smooth and firm.
This is the secret of the characteristic sound you hear every time you open or close a Browning shotgun.

The finishing processes not only improve the aesthetics of the parts but, crucially, protects the gun against corrosion.
Polishing always precedes any type of surface treatments. The barrel undergoes a complete polishing using a felt buffering wheel and iron brushes. After that the barrels are ‘blued’ through oxidisation. This treatment requires at least six layers of ‘acid liquor’, between which the barrels are kept in a steam cabinet to ‘rust’ the surface of the metal. The parts are then brushed in order to remove the excess rust. This process of rusting and brushing is repeated until the barrels show the attractive black colour called ‘crowblack’.
UPC: 023614736936 Categories: , , , Tag:
Gauge 12Chamber Length 3″
Barrel Length 28″Overall Length 45 3/4″
Length of Pull 14 1/4″Drop at Comb 1 5/8″
Drop at Heel 2 1/2″Weight 7 lbs 6 oz
Wood Grade Grade VChokes Included Full, Improved Modified, Modified, Improved Cylinder, Cylinder
Dura Touch Finish NoFront Sight None
Choke System Invector-DS FlushBarrel Material Steel
Receiver Material SteelTrigger Guard Engraving Laser

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