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Browning 12 Gauge - FN SUPERPOSED A1, MADE FOR EUROPEAN MARKET, RARE STRAIGHT STOCK, VFI CERTIFIED vintage firearms inc
General Specs: Browning, Year 1949, 12 Gauge, 7lb 4oz, Chokes IC/M, LOP 14 7/16", DAH 2 3/16", DAC 1 7/16"
Serial Number: 17594A
The genius of John M. Browning gave the shooting world some of the most famous firearms ever created. They include several Winchester lever guns, Colt pistols like the 1911, the Hi Power and the first successful semi-auto shotgun, the Auto-5. In the early decades of the twentieth century Browning started to design something not available to American shooters, a high-quality, affordable over/under shotgun, and sadly this was to be his last design, his final legacy to the gun world - the Superposed.
The Browning Superposed is one of the finest over/under shotguns in history and one of John Browning’s most brilliant designs. Produced in conservative field grades to the most elaborately engraved and finely stocked shotguns ever seen, Browning Superposed was undertaken in Belgium, from 1931 through 1977 when traditional craftsmanship style production ended.
Vintage Firearm is pleased to offer this VFI certified and fully restored Browning Superposed A1. A very rare find in North America, this straight stocked superposed was initially built for the European market and since its construction in 1949 has contrived to leave the European mainland and migrate to these shores. Knowing of its rarity Vintage Firearms undertook to fully restore this shotgun to become a prime example of Fabrique Nationale's outstanding design. This gun is an all-around classic; it sports improved cylinder and modified chokes, a solid rib, single trigger breaking at 3.4lb and 3.8lb, a straight stock exhibiting some awesome European straight figured walnut, and beautiful mineral streaks add contrast to the wood that is unusually good for a grade 1 gun. The field forend and wrist are exquisitely checkered with 26 lines per inch with triple borders and the whole is 100% finished with hand rubbed oils. The butt is finished with a VFI leather pad fitted in correct Browning fashion to a curved butt. All the screws are in perfect order and clocked, the bore is mirrored. Ejectors are well timed and the action is tight and to the right of center. The manual safety is selectable and moves with a positive click, while the action closes like a vault with a ring that embodies perfection. The receiver is in 100% condition with engraving designed by Felix Funken. The A1 was the standard pattern of engraving for Fabrique Nationale post war. It featured acanthus leaves cut into the breech and frame top, rosette engraved hinge pin and border defines the perimeter of the action. A picture of this style can be seen on page 141 of "The Browning Superposed" book by Ned Schwing; this pattern is still in use today.
An elegant, rare and classic Browning, add it to your collection, enjoy.
A VFI CERTIFIED GUN is mechanically excellent, the action and forend iron having been stripped to the smallest part, cleaned in the Ultrasonic cleaner, inspected for integrity and function, lubricated and reassembled. VFI CERTIFIED GUNS have a 90-day mechanical warranty. Where else do you get that on older guns like these?
Barrel Length: 28"
Chokes: Improved Cylinder/Modified
Bore Diameter: .736/ .732
Wall Thickness: .036/ .036
% Blue: 99% Factory
Chambers: 2 3/4"
Ribs: Solid rib tight
Sights: Front silver bead
Action: Tight right of center
Ejectors or Extractors: Ejector-timed
Receiver Condition: 100%
Engraving: Sharp; A-1 Grade FN engraved
Trigger Type: Single-crisp
Trigger Guard Color: 98% Factory
Stock Type: Straight/Field forend; figured Euro walnut; straight grain with contrast
LOP: 14 7/16"
LOP To End Of Wood: 13 7/16"
DAH: 2 3/16"
DAC: 1 7/16"
Cast: Heel 0, Toe 3/8"off
Checkering Condition: Excellent, fine 26 lines per inch
Butt Treatment: VFI Leather pad
There is a 30 day mechanical warranty on this gun. Call us for full details, or to purchase #616-292-6240. If you have any questions please call or email us. Thanks! Vintage Firearms Inc
Payment Methods: Credit Card, Money Order, Certified Check, Personal Check, Wire Transfer (Advertised price reflects 3% cash discount. Actual price if paid by credit card is 3% higher.)
Inspection Period / Return Policy: Three Days from the date the item was received.
Sales Tax: Collected in AR, IL, KS, MI, PA, TN
Shipping & Insurance: Ground $100.00 within the continental U.S. Additional fees for HI & AK. We ship internationally with additional fees!
Item Condition: Used
Requires FFL?: Yes
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We employ full time gunsmiths on premises and can perform alterations to suit your needs within a few weeks of purchase. Common requests are: -stock bending to suit your particular requirements -addition of any specified butt pad to increase length of pull -alteration of chokes to suit your shooting preferences -lengthening of chambers and forcing cones -darkening stock color with penetrating stains -restoring any part of the gun including rust blue, charcoal blue, bone and charcoal case color, wood restoration and checkering recuts. If you like one our guns but it needs "tweaked", let us know and we can quote you a time and price. Some enthusiasts like the guns "as found" and others want them "just so". We often list guns as found and let the particular buyer choose how they want their gun to fit or look.
Shotgun Gauge: 12 Gauge