What is Saltwood on a gun?
Salt Wood. Salt Wood. Salt Wood – An unfortunate issue suffered by Browning in the late 1960s where a supplier had accelerated the drying of gunstock wood blanks by lacing them with [hygroscopic] salt.
What year did Browning use salt wood?
The salt curing process began in 1966 and continued until around 1971. There are salt wood guns for a few years after they quit using the process. Aside from the serial number giving you the date of mfg. it is pretty easy to tell if a gun is affected.
When did Browning stop making shotguns in Belgium?
Most Browning guns were made in Belgium by Fabrique Nationale (FN) until the mid 1970s when some production was shifted to Miroku in Japan. Today’s Browning firearms are made in either Belgium, Portugal, Japan or in the United States.
What does Superposed mean in Browning shotguns?
The Browning Superposed was the first over and under shotgun design to be produced. The Superposed introduced a wide variety of innovations including the single select trigger and over-under design.
Are Browning Superposed still made?
The Superposed shotgun was introduced to the U.S. market in 1931 and discontinued distribution in the U.S. in 1986.. The Superposed is still available through Browning International’s Custom Shop.
Are Browning superposed good?
Overalll, Browning Superposed are very fine guns, well made and strong as can be (you can shoot hi-powers wo problems).
Does Browning still make the Superposed?
Are all Browning superposed made in Belgium?
The Superposed introduced a wide variety of innovations including the single select trigger and over-under design….
|Place of origin||United States Belgium|
|Designer||John Browning, Val A. Browning|
What happened to Browning salt wood?
Browning Salt Wood Explained. According to Schwing’s interviews with Browning’s Harm Williams and Val Browning, all the salt curing was done in the US and affected at least 90% of all Browning stocks from made from 1967 to 1969. The problem continued to show up until 1972, but in smaller numbers.
Where did all the Browning salt curing go?
According to Schwing’s interviews with Browning’s Harm Williams and Val Browning, all the salt curing was done in the US and affected at least 90% of all Browning stocks from made from 1967 to 1969.
What is a “salt wood” gun?
“Salt wood” guns occurred generally between 1967 and 1969, but occasionally occurred in guns as late as 1972 and as early as 1966. In the 12 gauge models the last three letters of the serial number will read “…S8” for 1968. In the ’70s it would read “…S70”. Stock blanks were soaked in salt and then leached clean to hasten the aging process.
How can I tell if my Browning is salt or mildewed?
If you are looking at a Browning made in the “salt” years, you can easily test it for salt. Even if there are no outward signs of rust, you might want to pull the butt plate/pad and scrape an area to expose a bit of fresh wood. Put a 1% solution of silver nitrate on the fresh wood. If the solution remains a light purple, you are fine.