Sold for $2122.00
Make: FN, In Belgium, for Browning.
Serial Number: 2937
Year of Manufacture: 1951 (https://www.browning.com/support/date-your-firearm/superposed-shotgun.html)
Gauge: 20 Gauge, 2 3/4? Shells
Action Type: Over / Under, Top Break Shotgun with Ejectors & Single Selective Inertial Trigger.
Markings: The left of the top barrel is marked “BROWNING ARMS COMPANY_ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI / SPECIAL STEEL – 20GA. – SHELLS 2 3/4?”, the right is marked with patents above “MADE IN BELGIUM”. At the breech on the left, the top barrel is marked “*-”, the bottom “**S”, the bottom-left of the monoblock is marked “2937” and there are inspector marks on the bottom of the monoblock between the lugs. The left of the forend latch, the latch spring-loaded release, and the cocking lever lifter are all marked “2937”. The top tang is marked “2937”, 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: 26 1/2”, Vent-Rib
Choke: Fixed Improved Modified over Fixed Skeet
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a white bead in a base at the front of the rib. There is a smaller white midbead. The top of the rib is checkered for glare reduction.
Weight: 6 lb., 9 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with a round bottom pistol grip, straight comb, and brown ventilated rubber Browning buttpad. The stocks have been restored. There are a few faint compressions and draglines. The LOP measures 14 1/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad and 13 1/4″ to the wood. The pad has light handling wear. Drop at comb is approximately 1 3/4″, drop at heel 2 1/2″. Overall, the stocks are in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Restored
Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 99% of its metal finish as refinished. There is a bit of faint wear on the edge of the rib at the muzzle. There is light handling wear. There are some spots of operational wear. The markings are clear. The screw heads are sharp to lightly worn with strong slots. Overall, this shotgun is in about Excellent condition as restored.
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 20 Gauge from 1951, in about Excellent condition as restored, retaining about 99% of its new metal finish. There is hardly any wear to the metal or wood, plus 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 barrels choked Fixed Improved Modified over Fixed Skeet, this is going to make for a nice shotgun for the field or the range. Please see our photos and good luck!