Sold for $2375.00
Make: FN, In Belgium, for Browning.
Model: Superposed Superlight
Serial Number: 69188S7
Year of Manufacture: 1967 (https://www.browning.com/support/date-your-firearm/superposed-shotgun.html)
Gauge: 12 Gauge, 2 3/4? Shells. This shotgun is noted to take Browning Supertubes in 20, 28, and .410 Gauge (Not Included)
Action Type: Over / Under, Top Break Shotgun with Ejectors & Single Selective Mechanical 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. – SHELLS 2 3/4″”. At the breech on the left, the top barrel is marked “**S”, the bottom “**S”, the bottom-left of the monoblock is marked “69188S7 / B” and there are inspector marks on the bottom of the monoblock between the lugs. The barrels have Belgian proofs. The left of the forend latch is marked “69188S”, the latch spring-loaded release is marked “69188”, and the cocking lever lifter is marked “69188S7”. The top tang is marked “69188S7”, the receiver has light engraving and the water table is marked with Belgian proofs.
Barrel Length: 27 1/2”, Solid-Rib
Choke: Both Fixed Skeet
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a metal bead 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., 8 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with a straight grip, straight comb, and Browning black hard rubber buttplate. There are a couple of scattered light marks. There are some areas of crazing. There are a couple small spots of pooled finish on the left side of the buttstock. The checkering is strong. There are no chips or cracks. 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 1/2″, drop at heel 2 3/8″. 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 96% of its metal finish. There is thinning on the bottom tang. There are some scattered little scuffs and light marks that have worn the finish on the barrel set. There is thinning on the edges of the rib. The screw heads are sharp to lightly worn with strong slots. Overall, this shotgun is in about Excellent 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: Included is a Browning Naugahyde case, Browning factory letter, and case key.
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 Superlight model from 1967, in about Excellent condition, retaining about 96% of its metal finish. The Superlight features a solid rib, straight grip, and handles like a wand at 6 lb 8 oz. This one was originally Improved Cylinder over Modified but was rechoked by the factory to be Skeet over Skeet. 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 Skeet, this is going to make for a nice shotgun for the range. Please see our photos and good luck!