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 Post subject: Date produced--Browning Automatic 5, 16 Gauge
PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2003 3:59 pm 
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I have a Browning Automatic 5, 16 Gauge Poly Choke, 26" barrel, Serial #43575 Gun is 95%, poly choke has been added to the gun, 25 1/2" barrel, bluing is almost perfect. Barrel says 2 3/4" but was worked to 2 3/4" from 2 5/16" inch shells used prior to WWII by Simmons in 1980s. I would like to know the date the gun was manufactured.

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 Post subject: Re: Date produced--Browning Automatic 5, 16 Gauge
PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2003 4:11 pm 
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"Beginning with Serial Number 1 to approximately 228,000. Exact production figures are not available. Year of manufacture on Pre-World War II production is strictly a guess."

Production from 1903-1939 exact dates are guesstimates within the serial range above...

Interpolating and average of 6333 units/year from 03-39 you get an appx date of 1910 for your gun...

All just a WAG...

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 Post subject: Re: Date produced--Browning Automatic 5, 16 Gauge
PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2003 5:16 pm 
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Thanks, that is all I need--I will not be letting this one go anytime soon so was just for my info.

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 Post subject: Re: Date produced--Browning Automatic 5, 16 Gauge
PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2003 8:58 pm 
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Except for the fact that the Browning site stinks on ice, your gun was produced in 1927 unless it was on of the small lots brought in prior to 1924 and those generally are quite recognizable.

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