FN Belgian Browning Superposed .410 Bore Grade 1 Over / Under O/U Shotgun, 1969
SOLD FOR: $3,010
Model: Superposed Grade 1
Serial Number: 3118J69
Year of Manufacture: 1969
Gauge: .410 Bore, 3” Shells
Action Type: Top Break Over/Under with Ejectors and Single Selective Trigger
Markings: The receiver and trigger guard are scroll engraved and the underside of the receiver is marked with “R” in a circle over “BROWNING” over a portrait of J. Browning. The left side of the upper barrel is marked “BROWNING ARMS COMPANY”. The right side of the upper barrel is marked “.410 GAUGE SHELLS 3” MADE IN BELGIUM” The top tang below the barrel latch is marked “3118J69”. The underside of the receiver has a small cutout for the forend latch which is marked “*H”. The right side of the upper barrel is marked “.410-GAUGE SHELLS 3”-MADE IN BELGIUM”. The left side of the forend latch is marked “3118J”. The left side of the bottom barrel is marked “3118 J9” and the left side of the upper chamber is marked “*”. The left side of the bottom chamber is marked “**”.
Barrel Length: 28”
Choke: The top barrel is choked Full. The bottom barrel is choked Modified.
Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a silver front bead on a ventilated serrated rib.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are high gloss checkered walnut. The left side of the forend has three marred sections where the surface portion of the wood has been removed. The rear most mar is the most notable. The buttstock only shows a few light scattered handling marks. The LOP measures 14” from the front of the trigger to the back of the Browning buttplate. The forend rates in Very Good Condition and the Buttstock rates in Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows only light handling marks and a small spot of pinprick surface erosion on the right side of the barrel. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Fine condition. There is no rust on the stock screws. (Some early Brownings were part of the “Salt Wood Era” where they used salt to speed up the wood curing process. This unfortunately caused rust on many Brownings. This Browning has no rust or pitting of the stock screws which is a great sign that this is NOT part of the salt wood stocked guns.)
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this shotgun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: This is a beautiful Belgian Browning Superposed .410 Over/Under that shoots up to 3” shells. This shotgun is light and handy and will make a great first classic shotgun for a teen or woman (it’s fun for big guys too.) This will be a great shotgun for the upland bird hunter or the extremely confident skeet shooter. Start the kids off right and teach them to respect a quality firearm. Here is a great graduation present! It’s coming quicker than you think.