Unless, as mentioned above, that you have documentation of the complete history of the gun that ties it some unique person or event. Other factors need to be taken into consideration to properly date your gun. If you can please tell what you can. Here is the Browning link to find the date of manufacture.
The condition is good with much of the original bluing still present, though worn. Andy Beagleblue likes this. The plain ones are actually kind of neat to flesh out a collection at a low cost. New choke codes replaced the choke words stamped on the barrels.
Interestingly, that number doesn't show up anywhere on the barrel. So is this gun made during the time when they were having probs. Leverguns and Their Cartridges General. There were thousands of barrels, page receivers and other parts on hand and in stock at that time. Getting one of these extremely rare original factory issued guns at a standard gun price is a trophy in itself.
Find your Browning manufacture date
Dating these old guns are at best an educated guess. The gun that left Browning a year later is easy to explain. This system stayed in use until about when Browning moved its production to Japan and streamlined the serial system to the one that remains in place today. Hi guys I've been reading the serial number chart on Browning's website, but am more confused now than ever.
Post Browning Dating System
My other gun was custom ordered. My husband inherited it from his grandfather and we are trying to find out more about it not to sell it, for personal knowledge. Please feel free to ask other questions you may have on that gun.
Browning A-5 Shotgun
Serial number decode please. Both have seen plenty of use read great hunting! It gets complicated as to why some were early or late.
It has been in my family for three generations. The ball or round knob grip is just the style of the day. The serial number coding system changed to the serial number preceding the date code.
Odd thing is it a which is not listed as a model. The letter dates the gun as a gun. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence and learn for themselves. Another question I have is about something I read over on gunsandammomag. Maybe even they can't keep their serial number history straight.
- The few who learn by observation.
- In my gun was made with the most recent available parts.
- In parts were made years before they became a finished gun and logged into Browning inventory.
- My father just passed away and gave me his shotgun.
- As far as the ball grip -it was quite common on the European version where as the American version didn't have it!
- Yes it's another serial number question.
Determine the Date of Manufacture of a Browning A-5
Can someone decode the serial number? What else do I need to know? No factory records could be found on three. Does anyone know anything about the Sweet Sixteen? The serial number and dates are approximations only.
Auto-5 Semi-Automatic Shotgun
- It is definitely a stealth.
- Got on the Browing site and don't understand.
- It is also the last year of the non-engraved sweet sixteen.
The value they gave is basically what I see on the price tags on the gun store racks. Doesn't look like anyone is looking at this thread anymore. The only thing you would be getting by buying one would be a number.
Seems like the lowballed him to me. In the Belgium custom shop took the fresh parts and assembled the gun with the custom configuration and shipped it to Browning in the inventory. Your effort is appreciated.
Previous topic Next topic. Even though most were used hard and badly worn there are still lots around. Blackpowder Cartridge Shooting and Loading. Seems there are a lot of questions here on manufacture dates. This gun also has a screwon the front wood that I have not seen on any others and the screws are engraved as well.
Date Your Firearm
Are they afraid to stick a high number on it without seeing it or am I just giving too much value to one of the first few? Some have shown up with the entire year stamped instead of the two digit year code. It would be interesting what the and models had.
Date Your Firearm
Why would they stick a price tag on it equal to or less than a later model? Hi Ya'll, Tracked my old ex sold it to my bro in-law Citori was older then I had remembered. One gun left Browning two years before the published serial number date. The sequencing of the numbers don't match.
These parts were stamped with a serial number that would normally have made it into the inventory as a complete gun. The two sets of numbers are different. What gun shop doesn't have at least one on the shelf.