Another Browning design, the Superposed, marked a turning point in U.S. shotgun development.
Browning and other designers had been working on repeating models, both pumps and semiautos; and sideby-sides were still popular. Over/under shotguns were still something of an anomaly and, while they were popular in Europe, they weren’t commonly seen in the United States.
Rumor has it that John Browning began the initial design work in the 1800s, but he didn’t work on the design in earnest until the 1920s. When the first Superposed was released in 1931, it had double triggers, and it was only later that Val Browning perfected his father’s single selective inertia block trigger design (which is commonly found today on over/unders).
The Superposed was made in Belgium and costs eventually kept it from being the “average man’s gun” that Browning intended it to be, but it ushered in an over/under era that continues to this day.
The Superposed, made in Belgium, is one of the last of John Browning’s designs and the gun that popularized over/ unders in America. The 1930s models, like the one shown here, feature two triggers. Later models have a single selective trigger design.