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Yesterday could quite possibly have been the best day ever, received a free firearm! Long story short, the only condition was that I never sell the shotgun and I happily agreed. Its a 1990 Browning BPS w3.5" chamber and 30" barrell. I have a 1994 870 Wingmaster w/28" barrell and while I haven't fired this BPS yet I have a few observations. The Browning is heavy, a guess would be 3/4 of a pound or even more than my 870. While I'm sure that helps with recoil on the 3.5" shells I can't imagine wielding this for a dove hunt. They both wear walnut but the BPS has finer quality wood. It does point well despite the weight and feels solid. I'd say this has less than 100 shells fired, the magazine shows virtually no wear. The action is very solid, perhaps not even broke in solid. Compare that to my 870 which probably has 1000's fired through it and feels a little loose. I wouldn't say sloppy, just not as precise. This makes complete sense as the BPS is a bottom load/eject and has more moving pieces that need to work in perfect time. I'm stoked, can't wait to take it out for some trap and will see how it does. My Wingmaster is a tough act to follow ;-)

On with the gun porn!

 

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An older co-worker who is a fellow enthusiast rented an apartment from a husband and wife for quite a few years. About 4 months ago the husband passed and the wife had no use for the firearms and little need for money. My co-worker is no spring chicken and calls himself "recoil sensitive". He was offered first choice of firearms from his collection and mentioned my love for firearms. She agreed to let me have the shotgun on the condition that I use it and keep it.
 

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Haha, right. You should see the reloading bench this guy had. He probably has 20,000 primers, 2 presses, cast his own lead bullets, and boxes full of lead and brass. I'd love to get more but am quite happy with what I got.
 

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A few pics for comparison next to my 1994 870 Wingmaster Magnum 28" left handed. Still need to weigh these two but the BPS is heavier by a large margin.



 

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The BPS is from 1990 and it is considerably heavier than the 870? That sucks, but what can you expect? If you were to say the barrel was heavier, thatd be well and fine, but depending on what you plan to use it for (if anything) the added weight could be a pain.
 

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The BPS just seems bigger everywhere. The 870 has a light contour barrell and is also 2" shorter. The BPS takes 3.5" shells which makes the receiver larger than the 3" 870, which also means the magazine is longer on the BPS. The extra weight should be nice when shooting 3.5 shells.
 

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You WILL like the BPS I guarantee you. I see that like me you're a south paw. When I got mine, it was because I couldn't find a left handed 870, or 11-87 when I had the money. My gun dealer suggested the Browning because it was ambidextrous. After I took it out a couple of times I was glad I listened to him! Mine's a 12 ga. 28", with 3" chamber. It is kinda heavy, but that helps me to swing through, like I'm s'posed to (got an issue with that sometimes). The wood is nicer than some other guns I've looked at, especially in this price range. But the one thing that I love is that to make it ambidextrous, Browning put a thumb safety on it, instead of a trigger guard safety.
Mine has hunted everything from doves to geese. I think it might be a little "clumsy" for dove, but that's just me. I hunt dove like that old joke about the guy who goes hunting for the first time and buys a shotgun and box of shells, and asks where the best dove fields are. A couple of hours later the guy comes back and asks, " what's the bag limit on doves?" When he is informed it's 12, he asks for 11 more boxes of shells.
According to the literature that I have your new shotty comes in at just under 8.5 pounds. Not a featherweight, but you knew that already. Congratulations on your new BPS.
 

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They are a great gun for ducks, Geese and Turkeys. They drop the empties at your feet something also appreciated on a trap line, for some reason having a shell bounced off your head is something that a lot of old shooters get a little testy about. For upland birds the 3.5" is a lot of extra weight for no advantage. The older BPS's had a switch on the tube to shut the magazine off just for trap shooters.
 

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couple random comments

Early BPS 3.5 inch 12 gauge shotguns were built on the heavier 10 gauge frames. I believe it was just the first year or so they made it (starting in 1989) IIRC if its labeled a "Magunum BPS" its on the 10ga frame but I might be wrong on this. Might ask over at Shotgun World if you interested in more info.

The magazine cut-off is only on the BPS Trap models. I don't think there are any 3.5 inch chambered BPS with magazine cut-off.

The BPS is likely one of the strongest pump shotgun action currently in production. The lack of side ejection port and the way the bolt locks into the receiver makes for a very strong safe action.

I was using my BPS 3.5 inch Stalker for 3-gun/multi-gun competition and with a little practice the BPS is one of the fastest loading shotguns I have seen in competition. The lack of a spring loaded lifter gate lets you roll the gun over drop one shell into the port and use a second shell to stuff them both in the magazine in one smooth motion. I have won a fair number of tactical shotgun stages with my BPS.



I think you will be happy with the BPS.

mcb
 
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