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CIA SG1667-N PW87 Lever 12 Gauge ga 19" 2.75" Wood Black Fin
by Robert H Date Added: Tuesday 15 January, 2013
Functional but very rough actions. I bought 2 expecting to clean them up. One was worn right out of the box, with dings, gouges and finish wear from the poor Chinese packing. Not a big deal because I intend on re-bluing. One was much better than the other so check your packages upon arrival. These are packed with awful thick grease and need to be field stripped and cleaned before firing. I spent a few hours learning the action and de-burring the action. Now it is very smooth, but before it was VERY rough, almost to the point of not being usable.
The good: nice stocks, nice heft and overall a functional shotgun. Mod choke makes it useful beyond 20 yds.
The bad: machining burrs everywhere. very heavy trigger (but you can lighten the spring), gouges and rub marks in the finish. burr in the barrel under the bead sight, requires thorough cleaning. Serial number in the middle of the receiver where it looks pretty cheap.
Overall these are still a good value because they are so uncommon, and only seem to be imported once a year or so. I'll keep both of mine. Now that they are slicked up (basically you need to sand all the parts with 500 grit paper and then stone the mating surfaces, then reblue), I would trust them to self defense or cowboy shooting. Great starting point for a custom or competition gun, but not something that you will "show off". If you are used to the finer actions of a fitted and finished gun, you will be disappointed. But then again the next step up is 3x the price for an Italian 1887 repro. The action job is well withing the average Joe's ability, and makes a huge difference. Check out youtube for videos on how to do it. Century really need to package these better, the boxes are not even taped closed, and are too flimsy to protect the gun.

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars! [4 of 5 Stars!]
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