I suspect the recoil issue was caused by the stock of the Model 12 not fitting you well, rather than the gun's weight. Could be wrong about that, of course, but I look at the Model 12 specs and don't see it as being terribly light.I've always admired the Mod12. Bought a very nice 1950's 12ga several years ago as I thought it would clean up nicely which it did.
Took it to the gun club to shoot it and it kicked like a mule! Just too light for comfortable shooting. Sold it the next week.
That is very nice embellishment. And wood, though as a matter of personal preference I like simple checkering (well executed) rather than carving on stocks. Matter of personal preference, not to be taken as "Why did you allow that to happen"..I learned to shoot shotguns with a Rem. 870 20 ga. When I got my first M12 I was hooked. I've owned a dozen, but have just 3 now, two 20's and a 16, plus a 42. My nicest one was a rusted beater when I bought it, a 20 ga. with solid rib made in '37. I draw filed the pits out of the receiver and polished it. I took it to Italy with me and had it engraved by two master engravers, Giacomo Fausti and Giovanni Steduto. Fausti did the scrolls and Steduto did the inlays. When I got back I eventually restocked it and carved it in Winchester Style A. I occasionally get flack from Win. collectors who don't like guns that have been messed with. I only restore guns that are rusted junk that are too far gone to be collectors items. Gary
My 28 is a regular old plain bbl field grade. My dad wasn't a rib guy and so I never became on altho I did have a mat rib A5 Browning for a while.Hey Sarge,
The Brownchester is a Model 12 made by Browning for 2 years in 1991 and 92. I couldn't afford the 28 gauge in Winchester. They are made in Japan with very nice wood and vent rib. Congrats on yours. I see also you were with an AHC. I was with the 176th AHC.