Fabrique Nationale D’Herstal announced their top-flight competition over/under shotgun this January at the SHOT Show, the FNH SC-1. And it’s damn fine. Nobody said it was a bargain, though. Maybe if you can’t put a price on quality.
When it comes to competition guns, FNH doesn’t ever leave stops pushed in. Every last feature of this gun is not only precision-made and quality, it’s polished to a high shine. The shotgun starts off with the Amero-Belgian firm’s signature blue laminate stocks, intermixing deep blue and satin finishes between the ported barrels and the receiver.
The barrels are 28 inches long and sport a chrome lining and uses standard FN-brand Invector chokes, and the receiver is based on Winchester’s classic Model 101. It’s been improved upon with adjustable everything, from the trigger to the casting to the comb, with a little back-boring thrown into the mix. Oh, and it has a bright green fiber-optic front sight.
Now, for the scary part: the MSRP. It’s $2400. Fortunately, the real-world price starts at about $1,700. Still, that’s a lot o’ bones for what is, with all respect, a simple platform to begin with, although the price is right on par with Winchester’s “Select” competition-ready Model 101. So yeah, we can see its appeal with the competitive shooter that just wants perfection out of the box.