SOLD FOR: $1785
Make: FN, In Belgium, for Browning.
Serial Number: 74104S7
Year of Manufacture: 1967 (https://www.browning.com/support/date-your-firearm/superposed-shotgun.html)
Gauge: 12 Gauge, 2 3/4? Shells
Action Type: Over / Under, Top Break Shotgun with Ejectors & Single Selective Trigger.
Markings: The left of the top barrel is marked “BROWNING ARMS COMPANY ST. LOUIS Mo. & MONTREAL P.Q. / MADE IN BELGIUM”, the right is marked “SPECIAL STEEL – 12 GA. – CHAMBERED FOR 3” MAGNUM / PATENTS No 2,203,378 – 2,233,861”. Concealed by the forend when assembled, the left of each barrel is marked with crowned “E / LG / *” in oval and “12-75” in oval. At the breech on the left, the top barrel is marked “*”, the bottom “**”, the bottom-left of the monoblock is marked “74104S7” and there are inspector marks on the bottom of the monoblock between the lugs. The left of the forend latch is marked “74104S” and “F2 / B6”, the spring-loaded finger piece is marked “74104S7”. The top tang is marked “74104S7”, 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.
Barrel Length: 30”, Vent-Rib
Choke: Full over Modified, Fixed
Sights / Optics: There is a metal bead at the front of the rib. The rib is finely checkered for glare reduction.
Weight: 7 lb., 15 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with a flat bottom pistol grip, straight comb, and brown ventilated rubber Browning buttpad. There is a tiny hairline crack on the top of the wrist at the rear of the tang, not even 1/8″ long and maybe just a scratch. There are scattered draglines and few scuffs. There are a few little marks into the finish. The checkering is strong. The LOP measures 14 1/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad. The pad has some scattered light wear and little marks, mostly at the heel and toe. Drop at comb is approximately 1 1/2″, drop at heel 2 3/8″. The cast is about neutral. Overall, the stocks are in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright, there is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 92% of its metal finish. There is thinning on the edges of the receiver. There are some scuffs that have thinned the finish on the receiver. The barrels have a few little scratches, most noticeable on the right sides. There are a few scuffs on the barrels that have thinned the finish. There are a few patches of oxidation on the barrels. There are some light rubs and handling marks on the barrels. There is some finish loss on the edges of the muzzles and edges of the rib. The markings are clear. The screw heads are sharp. Overall, this shotgun is in about Very Good-Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly including the ejectors. 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: None.
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 12 Gauge from 1969, in about Very Good-Fine condition, showing tight metal and wood fit, retaining about 92% of its metal finish, the action is still spot on and the trigger is crisp. 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 30″ barrels choked Full and Modified, this is going to make for a nice hunting or trap gun. Please see our photos and good luck!