SOLD FOR: $4478
Make: FN, In Belgium, for Browning.
Serial Number: 3118J69
Year of Manufacture: 1969 (https://www.browning.com/support/date-your-firearm/superposed-shotgun.html)
Gauge: .410 Gauge, 3″ 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 is marked “410 – GAUGE SHELLS 3” MADE IN BELGIUM”. Concealed by the forend when assembled, the sides of each barrel are marked with proofs. At the breech on the left, the top barrel is marked “*”, the bottom “**”, the bottom-left of the monoblock is marked “3118J9”, and there are inspector marks on the bottom of the monoblock between the lugs. The right of the forend latch is marked “3118J”, the spring-loaded finger piece is marked “3118J”. The top tang is marked “3118J69”, 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: 28”, Vent-Rib
Choke: Fixed Full over Fixed Modified
Sights / Optics: There is a metal bead set on the rib at the muzzle. The rib is finely checkered for glare reduction.
Weight: 6 lb., 7 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with a flat bottom pistol grip, straight comb, and black hard rubber Browning buttplate. There is a scrape which has removed wood and finish on the left side of the forend at the rear. There are a few clusters of dings and marks through the finish, most noticeable on the left side of the forend. There are some scattered compressions and draglines. There are some scattered handling marks and draglines. The checkering is strong. The LOP measures 14” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has some scattered light wear. Drop at comb is approximately 1 1/4?, drop at heel 2?. The cast is slightly off, almost neutral. Overall, the stocks are in about Very Good-Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright with no erosion. In my opinion, they both rate 10 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. There is scattered light wear. There is some light finish wear on the edges. The markings are clear. The screw heads are sharp. 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 .410 Gauge from 1969, in about Fine condition, showing good metal and wood fit, retaining about 97% 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 28? barrels choked Full over Modified, this is going to make a fun gun to dust clays with…that is if you’re good enough. Please see our photos and good luck!
Some are hot, some are not, but thankfully most can be shot!