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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2021 10:19 pm 
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This should narrow it down. From Page One:

Goad wrote:
1958 – 1967 The single digit precedes the S and R. 8S,8R = 1958, 9S, = 1959, 0S = 1960, 7S =1967


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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2021 4:45 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2021 3:09 am 
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G’day!

Looking to date a 16 Gauge FN Browning Auto 5 that I am cleaning up for a friend. Took me 6 hours to gently clean. Was covered in dirt, grime and speckle rust. Used Big 45 Frontier Cleaning pads, G96 and lots of elbow grease. This will make a fine light duck and pheasant gun methinks. Almost want to see if he will sell it! Lol

It’s a “Y” date serial prefix I believe and perhaps it’s a 1956 production model going by the barrel data? I could be totally incorrect too.

Serial: Y2218 (the Y has a small line under it)

Same serial # on the barrel.

Also has B26242 on the barrel under the forend wood near the receiver as well as H213 on the bottom of the barrel right near the receiver.

Above the wood line has the standard:

Acier Special - C.16 - Cart. 2 3/4 - 63.5mm

And then more Belgian proof marks, gauge and chamber marks and what I believe to be the “date code” of the Greek mark “xi”... I think... it’s right after the 1kg035 and it’s sideways.

The story is my friend purchased it from a gentleman who brought it back from Europe while being stationed there during the Cold War? Probably purchased direct from the factory or a local gun shop? I’ll probably have to ask him the story again.

This shotgun is in Alberta, Canada.

Sorry, this is out of my wheelhouse as I am much more versed in all types of vintage Military surplus firearms as well as Czech and Swedish sporting rifles.

I have photos for those interested.

Thanks for everyone’s time. Cheers!

- Darryl


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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2021 2:13 pm 
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Here are the photos of the Shotgun.

I can get more if needed. It has no scroll work on the right side of the receiver, it’s pretty plain Jane. But nifty.

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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2021 10:41 pm 
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Another example of the Why? series. This is the second I’ve seen, the first is also in Canada and is discussed on page 34 of this thread.

I agree with your 1956 assessment, but a shot of the left side of the receiver would give me more confidence.


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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2021 3:26 am 
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Thanks for the info. Yes. I read page 34/35 as well. Cheers!

Here are some more photos. I really like the buttplate. Very neat.

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Thanks for the help!

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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2021 8:02 am 
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The square corners at the rear of the ejection port confirms pre-1958. The ambiguity of that date code which is similar to 1974, and the weird way the Y series serial numbers jump around didn’t give me a lot of confidence dating it by the letter alone.

I like the butt plates too, though parasites can eat the horn that they’re made of. This one is interesting, it’s on my 1924 16 gauge, before FN went back to that pattern.

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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Sat Mar 13, 2021 2:48 am 
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Needed info and here it is bump. Thanks Goad...


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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 4:33 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2021 9:40 am 
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I found an excellent 1958 Sweet Sixteen, vent ribbed, pics coming.


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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2021 11:07 pm 
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Serial number 8S 229XX


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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2021 7:48 am 
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Very nice, Goad. The markings on the barrel are unusual. What’s with the 63,5mm?


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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2021 2:26 am 
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Is it a typo? Or hangover?


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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2021 8:07 am 
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I don’t know. That barrel has some other things going on, like the strange markings on the barrel ring. Never seen anything like that before. And it’s a World Market barrel on a US Market gun. And Skeet choke is pretty rare also.


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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2021 2:35 pm 
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It’s a matching numbers gun.


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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2021 6:45 am 
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I just noticed that Desert_Faux’s Y- Series gun also says 63.5. My guess is it’s the loaded length of the shell.

Curious how yours can be matching numbers, does the barrel have a serial number? Supposedly they quit stamping it on barrels in 1953.


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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2021 2:09 am 
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Yes, the barrel is numbered and it matches the receiver.

I thought you were calling attention to 63,5 vs 63.5. Mine definitely has a comma instead of a period, hilarious!!!

It seems to be a World Market/European/American Browning hybrid. It is also equipped with the sling hardware. I can speculate it was wholesaled from FN to a European US military Post Exchange (PX) or Base Exchange (BX) retailer.


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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2021 8:50 pm 
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Goad wrote:
Yes, the barrel is numbered and it matches the receiver.

I thought you were calling attention to 63,5 vs 63.5. Mine definitely has a comma instead of a period, hilarious!!!

It seems to be a World Market/European/American Browning hybrid. It is also equipped with the sling hardware. I can speculate it was wholesaled from FN to a European US military Post Exchange (PX) or Base Exchange (BX) retailer.


In French, we don’t use the decimal point, we use the comma instead.




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