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.
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.
The Technoid writing for Shotgun Report, LLC
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