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April 11, 2011, 04:05 PM
Dear colleagues,

I have inherited an old shotgun, type of shotgun action, cocking, cal 12. Nitroproof stenciled on the barrels.
On its carring permit says FN Browning, serial no. 9162. Croatian police, arms department who are issuing a permit to carry do not agree that this shotgun was made by FN Browning. They say that Italian maker had made this shotgun. To issue a new carring permit I need to present a data of the mentioned shotgun.
On its sides of the mechanism it is stenciled ERIDANUS. According to the firearms markings it was made in Brescia, Italy. The following firearms testing markings are found on the barrel chamber bases.
crown on top under PSF
crown on top under FINITO

Please is there someone who can help me to find the following:

Thanks in advance

April 12, 2011, 08:01 AM
Sera, welcome to the forum.

If you were to post some pictures it believe it will help people identify it.

April 12, 2011, 11:23 AM
The crown and PSF (Polvere Sensa Fumo) means it was proofed for smokeless powder in Italy between 1923 and 1950. I'm at work and don't have access to my books, but I don't recognize the name on the gun.

The other mark is the final proof I believe, when the completed gun is tested and not just the barrel(s).

I'll look later this evening if you don't have an answer by then.


April 12, 2011, 12:49 PM
I'm not aware of an Eridanus shotgun, but that's not significant. Eridanus, the river-god son of Oceanus and Tethys, has been identified with a large number of rivers. Possibly because Eridanus might have been an ancient generic term for a river. The most common identification is with the River Po, in northern Italy. Eridanus is also a river in the night sky being the 6th largest of the modern constellations.

Brescia, where they have been making firearms for over 500-years, is the largest province in Lombardy. The Eridanus is the southern boundary of Lombardy. As LSU12ga mentioned, some photos of your Eridanus would greatly help in its identification.

April 12, 2011, 01:09 PM
Why do you think it is a Browning?

April 13, 2011, 08:38 AM
I looked last night and found nothing on Eridanus guns. Now I'm really curious and would like to see it.