Nikko Shotgun


Dear Technoid,

I recently acquired a Nikko O/U from my father. It is a Nikko 5000 – I in 2 3/4 12 gauge with the “Golden Eagle” emblem on the receiver. I know that Nikko has since either gone out of business or has simply dropped from the shotgun/firearm business.

If I recall correctly, when it was purchased, it was a very good deal as compared to the other O/U’s on the market at that time.

I recently had screw-in chokes (Briley) installed. The first time that I shot it was on sporting clays and hit about 50%. As a result of the pounding I took on my shoulder, I had a Kickeez pad installed as well.

What can you tell me about this gun, if anything? It handles pretty well and has a nice look to it, but I have never seen another on the ranges. Nor have I seen anything in print regarding this shotgun.

Gary

Dear Gary,

The Nikko is a nice gun. I’ve shot a bunch of Nikko “Golden Eagles” in the ’70s. There was one skeet gun that I used which had a particularly broad rib which took some getting used to. It was broader than even the Browning Broadway. Nikkos were made by Kodensha in Japan. As you remember, Winchester Model 101s were made by a joint venture company called Olin/Kodensha. The Nikkos and the 101s weren’t made side by side on the same assembly line, but they were quite similar, though not identical. The quality of construction is similar. Fjestad’s “Blue Book of Gun Values” has a particularly informative couple of pages on the history of Nikko and the Kodensha plant, but it is has little on the actual Nikko guns themselves.

If you consider your Nikko Golden Eagle to be a Winchester 101 by a different name, you won’t be too far from the truth. I’ve owned a bunch of 101s and always felt that they were the hardest kicking O/U ever made. The Nikkos aren’t far behind. The gold for those Nikko eagles on the side of the receiver may have come from dental fillings jarred loose. I do remember that the 101s were always shooting their ribs loose like the narrow ribbed Belgian Brownings, but that the Nikko’s great broad aircraft rib stayed put. That probably has more to do with rib width than anything else. Browning Broadways don’t shoot their ribs loose very easily, but the narrow ribbed field guns do. Not all the Nikkos had that broad rib.

I wish I remembered more about the guns, but it has been 20 years since I’ve fooled with them. Enjoy the gun and experiment with 7/8 oz loads.

Best regards,

Bruce Buck
The Technoid writing for Shotgun Report, LLC
(Often in error. Never in doubt.)

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One Response to Nikko Shotgun

  1. alan8245 says:

    There are 3 models shown in the Nikko 1976 catalog. Nikko Golden Eagle I, Nikko Golden Eagle II and an exclusive top model that I don’t recall the name of. I have a Golden Eagle II and it is a superb piece of craftsmanship. Made in 1975/6, I was fortunate enough to buy one this year that had never been fired, complete with original hard case and keys. It is the 12 gauge 2 3/4″ version and shoots very well indeed. Barrels are 30″ with integral chokes, full and improved and chromed inside. Shoots very well, with really not much recoil. Usually shoot #7 1/2 1 ounce.
    Nikko made the Winchester 101 and probably a bit sneakily built a factory next door to build their own Nikko branded ones, using the same components as the 101, including German trigger mechanism and French walnut – except they used the best wood for their Nikko models and Winchester got second best!

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