SOLD FOR: $4025
Make: FN, In Belgium, for Browning.
Serial Number: 092F73
Year of Manufacture: 1973 (https://www.browning.com/support/date-your-firearm/superposed-shotgun.html)
Gauge: 28 Gauge, 2 3/4? Shells
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 “BROWNING SUPERPOSED / SPECIAL STEEL – 12 GA. – SHELLS 2 3/4″ / BROWNING PATENTS”. At the breech on the left, the top barrel is marked “*”, the bottom “**”, the bottom-left of the monoblock is marked “092F3” 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 is marked, and the cocking lever lifter are marked “092F”. The top tang is marked “092F73”. The gun has custom scroll engraving coverage with game scenes and gold game birds. In the left game scene there is a stylized “CTM” marking and on the right scene is “CTM C. MILLS”.
Barrel Length: 28”, Vent-Rib
Choke: Fixed Full over Fixed Modified
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a metal bead at the front of the rib. The top of the rib is checkered for glare reduction.
Weight: 6 lb., 9 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered curly maple with a flat bottom pistol grip, straight comb, and Browning buttplate. There are some scattered compressions and draglines is some finish wear on the edge of the pistol grip. There are some dings, most noticeable on the belly. There is a scratch into the wood on the right side of the buttstock down by the belly. There is a lighter scratch on the left side of the buttstock. There are some scattered light handling marks. The LOP measures 14” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has some scattered nicks and scuffs. Drop at comb is approximately 1 1/2″, drop at heel 2 1/4″. The cast is slightly off, almost neutral. Overall, the stocks are in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Bright
Finish Originality: Original to Engraving
Bore Condition: The bores are mostly bright. There are some spots of light erosion. In my opinion, these bores rate 9 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 95% of its metal finish. There are some scattered spots of light oxidation and discoloration on the frame. There are a few little scuffs on the barrel set that have lightly thinned the finish. There are a couple of hairline scratches. The trigger has been modified and a portion of the spring can be seen through the trigger. There are some scattered light handling marks. The markings are clear. The screw heads are sharp to lightly worn with strong slots. Overall, this shotgun is in about 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 1973, in about Fine condition, retaining about 95% of its metal finish. There is some wear to the metal and wood but 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 Full over Fixed Modified, this is going to make for a nice shotgun for the field or the range. Please see our photos and good luck!