Make: FN, In Belgium, for Browning.
Model: Superposed, Grade I
Serial Number: 2493F
Year of Manufacture: 1963-1970
Gauge: 28 Gauge, 2 3/4? Shells
Action Type: Over / Under, Top Break Shotgun with Ejectors & Single Selective Trigger.
Markings: The left of the top barrel of the barrel is marked “BROWNING ARMS COMPANY ST LOUIS Mo. & MONTREAL P.Q. / MADE IN BELGIUM”. The right side of the top barrel is marked “SPECIAL STEEL – 28 GAUGE SHELLS – 2 3/4” / PATENTS No 2,203,379 – 2,233,861”. Concealed by the forend when assembled, the left of each barrel is marked with “13.8” and what looks like “20-70”, the bottom barrel is also marked “B”. At the breech on the left, the top barrel is marked “**”, the bottom “**-“, the bottom-left of the monoblock is marked “2493 F9”. The left of the forend latch is marked “GO”, the top of the cocking piece is marked “2493F”. The right side of the forend latch is marked “2493F”. The top tang is marked “2493F”, the bottom of the receiver is marked “BROWNING” with a bust portrait of John Browning and the water table is marked with Belgian proofs. The receiver has Grade I engraving. The bottom of the monoblock has proofs.
Barrel Length: 28? Vent-Rib
Choke: Modified over Improved Cylinder, Fixed
Sights / Optics: There is a brass bead mounted at the front of the rib.
Weight: 6 lb., 11 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with round bottom pistol grip, straight comb, and black hard rubber Browning buttplate. There are a couple little compressions and dings on the belly at the toe, otherwise there is just light handling wear. The checkering is strong. The LOP measures 14” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has a few light marks from handling. Drop at comb is approximately 1 3/8″, drop at heel 1 7/8″. The cast is neutral. Overall, the stocks are in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright, there is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 99% of its metal finish. There is light handling wear. The bright muzzles have a few spots of dark discoloration from previous oxidation. The barrels have faint wear forward of the forend from disassembly/reassembly. The top tang has very light wear from the safety/selector and lever. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly including the ejectors. The shotgun features a single selective trigger which is mechanically set. The action closes with zero movement between the barrels and frame. The safety does NOT set automatically when the action is opened but functions properly when manually set. We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is a Browning leather case with a green felt & faux-fur fitted interior. The case has some scattered scuffs and marks on the exterior with a tear on one of the bottom corners. There are a few marks that appear to be from liquid but blend into the leather well. The case rates in about Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: After the death of John Browning, his son Val would complete an over under shotgun with a single selective trigger and ejectors; the Superposed was introduced in 1931, it was an instant success; the factory did not produce any of these shotguns during WWII but just after the war ended, the factory came roaring back to life, creating some of their best product to date. This is a post-war FN produced 28 Gauge in about Excellent condition, showing tight metal and wood fit, retaining about 99% of its metal finish with great bores, the action is still spot on and the trigger is crisp. The serial number does not match anything on Brownings site but the markings correspond to 1963-1970. Val’s SST is still known as one of the most reliable and ingenious of its kind, even though the patent is nearing 100 years in practice. With 28″ barrels each choked Improved Cylinder and Modified, this will be great for dropping birds or dusting clays. This shotgun shows evidence of hardly any use and responsible maintenance, it should be a good shooter for lifetimes to come. Please see our photos and good luck!