The Brownings were completely American made big bucks back in the day probably why they didn’t sell many but they set the factory produced standard for fit finish and performance but god they are heavy. I paid $300 for mine 2 years ago. It’s a .50 and was a never shot wall hanger so it’s got a few dings. Really shoots well…Yep, just as I suspected. I like them all!
Thanks Skybow,@Loja man I ended up leaving the factory, adjustable buckhorn on mine. I was on the fence about, but after I got used to it I’m all good. I did paint the back of the front blade with brute pink nail polish so I could see it better. Front blade is a bit thick.
@deerstalkert I know nothing about flint guns, but if your barrel is like mine it should shoot pretty well.
So I’m jumping in because I should have one headed my way in the next few days!! Would love to know what you all have done about improving the sights on yours. Pics would be great! I have read they are maybe a little chunky???
I bought my .50 caliber percussion GPR kit sometime around 1979 or 1980, don't recall for sure, and the earliest target I have from it is dated Sept., 1980. I bought it from a guy who had a table at a gun show at the National Guard Armory in Boulder, CO, the town I'm from originally. I paid $160.00 for it out the door. He told me he had to buy three in order to get a best price from his distributor, kept one for himself and was selling the other two at his cost. (Who knows if that was really true, or not!) The AE stamped on the barrel indicates it was proofed in 1979. Being my first 'kit', it took me a while to assemble and finish it up the way I wanted. I had built other stocks before for some 'unmentionables', so this stock was not my first rodeo.
I did not care for the supplied adjustable rear sight, so opted for an adjustable long classic Buck Horn. I cold blued all the metal, so it wouldn't look too good. I favored the worn look of thinning blue that resembled a patina of sorts. I cut a shadow line accent around the cheek piece and both the front and rear of the stock's side flats. I cut round bottomed accent lines all along both sides of the belly of the stock and all along both sides of the forearm just below the top edges of the barrel channel. I know that none of this is period correct, but to me at least, I could care less about that aspect of things because this is how I wanted 'mine' to look. They seemed to have real nice wood back then.
I can't tell you what it prefers to shoot because over all these years I'll bet it hasn't had much over a hundred PRBs through it. Haven't had the time to shoot any of my guns the way I'd like too, so maybe now in semi-retirement I'll find more time to devote to the sport. Great thread! Thanks for sharing!
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i'll limp in too. i don't have a complete GPR but i did just acquire a .54 unfired flint barrel for one. if i live long enough to finish the fowler i am working on, my next project will be a Hawken built from the Hawken Shop plans, and built around this barrel.
am contemplating defarbing it. what do you all think?
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