SOLD FOR: $3233
Make: FN Browning
Model: Superposed Pigeon Grade
Serial Number: 53071S6
Year of Manufacture: 1966 (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”. The right of the top barrel is marked “12 GA-SHELLS 2 3/4″ – MADE IN BELGIUM – BROWNING PATENT”. Concealed by the forend when assembled, the left of each barrel is marked with proofs. The right side of the monoblock is marked “HGS 56623”. At the breech on the left, the top barrel is marked “*” and the bottom barrel is marked “*-“. The left of the forend latch is marked “53071S”, the spring-loaded finger piece is marked “53071S”. The top tang is marked “53071S6”, the water table is marked with a Belgian proof and an inspector’s mark. The receiver has Pigeon Grade engraving.
Barrel Length: 30”, Broadway Vent-Rib
Choke: Fixed Full over Fixed Improved Modified
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a faux-ivory bead and there is a smaller faux-ivory midbead; both are fixed to the rib. The rib has serrations for glare reduction. There are serrations that run parallel to the bores in the center and on the sides there are serrations that are perpendicular to the bores.
Weight: 8 Lbs 2 Oz
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with a flat bottom pistol grip, fluted straight comb, finger groove forend, and brown rubber Browning buttpad. There are a few compressions and marks through the finish, the most noticeable are on the edge of the pistol grip, on the left side of the forend, and belly. There are areas of crazing to the finish. There are some scattered light handling marks. The checkering is strong. The LOP measures 14 3/8″ to the factory pad and 13 1/2″ to the wood. The drop at comb is approximately 1 1/4?, drop at heel 1 1/2?. The cast is about neutral. Overall, the stocks are in about Fine Plus condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & French Grey
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright on both barrels with no erosion. In my opinion, the bores rate 9 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. There is light finish wear on some of the edges. There are some spots of minor discoloration on the bottom tang. There are a few faint marks, mostly on the barrel set. The screwheads are sharp and the pinheads are sharp. Overall, this shotgun is in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly including the ejectors. The shotgun features a single selective trigger. There is zero movement between the barrels and frame. 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 in 1966, in about Excellent condition, showing tight metal and wood fit and sporting Pigeon Grade engraving. The engraving is beautiful, the pigeons and scroll are fantastic and the relief engraved oak leaves are deep. Retaining about 98% of its metal finish, the action is still spot on and the trigger is crisp. This one is a head turner that will shoot as good as it looks! Please see our photos and good luck!
Some are hot, some are not, but thankfully most can be shot!