Belgian Obsolescence

Hey Bruce;

I think we’ve butted heads over this once or twice, and normally I tend to agree with what you say. I must however take exception to your, “A weighty tome on Recoil.” I must admit when I read this (most of it being good solid usual technoid stuff) I was astounded, appalled and disgusted (in no particular order) when you called the Browning O/U design basically, ‘inferior’ (BLASPHEMY)! Because of the full length hinge pin.

My God man are you nuts? No gun designer yet in the world who hasn’t ‘borrowed’ something from John M. Browning, in MY never to be humble opinion the man is a genius and his birthday should be a national holiday. (Again, that’s just MY opinion, I could be wrong) I know that nothing invented by Browning is ‘inferior.’

Please, in the future show the great master the proper reverence and thank God every day for (among others) the 1911, Model 94 30/30 and the Superposed by bowing (every time you pass) to the statue of the great one you will erect to his memory.

Please govern yourself accordingly, and please take this in the spirit in which it was written.

Most Respectfully yours


Dear Tim,

In theory, the deeper the action, the less linear the recoil. That’s physics. No way around that. A Browning underlug is a deeper action than a Boss bifurcated trunion action (used in modern Italian guns). Therefore it is “inferior” in that aspect. Gotta be. Shotgun design did not stop in 1930. I mean, look at the silly non-detachable forend the B25s use. And the soft soldered ribs on the narrow ribbed Belgian Browning models that shoot loose. And the right hand ejector studs that break. And the guns shoot “dirty” due to less than perfect standing breech to monobloc geometry.

There are tons of things wrong with John Browning’s design. I’m amazed that anyone still wants a Belgian Browning B25. For the most part, the engraving’s a joke. The wood is either saturated with rust-promoting salt or is that featureless blonde stuff. They don’t even have modern screw-in chokes! They can’t possibly compare to the modern Perazzi/Beretta/Marocchi design.

I’m a gun reviewer, so I get a new, modern gun each and every month. I’ve also been shooting for over 30 years and have owned just about every gun suitable for clay targets. I ought to know what a good design is, right? So let’s root through my gun safe…

Lemme see, last time I counted I owned eight shotguns… I’ve got a pair of ten year old 303s. There’s a nice little model 42 from the ’30s. Oops, there’s a 20 gauge 28″ FN B25 field gun. I must have forgotten to throw out that inferior design. Aarrggh, they’re multiplying. There’s a 12 gauge B25 Superlight. My goodness. This is awful. There are TWO 30″ FN B25 Super Trap #6s! Those obsolete Belgian Brownings have multiplied and not left any room for more modern and vastly superior O/Us. It seems that every over and under I own is one of those outdated, inferior design B25s!

No wait, there’s my wife’s 687 28 gauge Beretta. See, I am up to date! Phew! Saved from the ignominy of being a low-tech Technoid.

Best regards,

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

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1 Response to Belgian Obsolescence

  1. Jay says:

    Browning Superposed receivers are tall and thin like Dallas girls, P & K gun receivers are short and fat like Italian and German matrons. I like Dallas girls and Brownings.


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