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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:14 pm 
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Broke down and bought the Browning Bible. Wet Dog Publications, 63.95 for a signed revised second ed. Also sent a 47 stealth 3 shot to Art for a complete spa treatment. Stay tuned for before and after pics. Can't wait.




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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2019 6:54 pm 
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Congratulations on an outstanding acquisition. Where did you find the 3 Shot? Is it factory original? Did Art give you an estimate for a completion date?


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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:08 am 
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Haven't heard back yet from Art, just got there last Friday. Found the 3 shot on Gunbroker hiding in plain sight. 399 from a pawn shop so it can afford the spa treatmemt. Numbers all match and it's pretty clean other than a bad forearm crack. Also has a Poly choke. Never have shot a poly before, kind of interested in its results.


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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 3:48 pm 
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Had several guns with polys, they pattern nicely and are pretty handy.


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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 12:55 am 
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The letter from Art's came over the weekend and I spoke with Brad today. Looking at 5-6 months, but it's for a lot of work, and some things are worth waiting for. I am so excited to see the final product, and it'll be done just in time to chase the flight!!


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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2019 4:04 pm 
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I have a sweet 16 but cant figure out the date or its value


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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2019 4:58 pm 
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Rmurzyn84 wrote:
I have a sweet 16 but cant figure out the date or its value


Well, from your post, I can tell you...nothing. We need a little more info.


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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2019 9:05 pm 
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It wont let me post any photos but serial number is s4047


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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2019 9:29 pm 
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S 4047. Page One of this thread shows 1954 as your date of manufacture.


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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 11:23 pm 
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Value depends on condition. Pictures?


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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:00 pm 
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I’m gonna sell most of my 12ga. I’m gonna list them in the classifieds here then GB. They were fun to gather and admire. Time to move them on.

I’m planning to keep all my 16ga and my First Year 12ga A5s.


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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2019 6:21 am 
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Goad,

Haven’t seen anything in the classifieds. Did you change your mind?


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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 4:31 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:10 pm 
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Well I mentioned this in it's own thread I started yesterday, and no one has responded. Maybe I can hear from some of you folks here, since this thread and a few more like it, got me interested. So I agreed to purchase a 16ga A5 today, with the caveat that serial numbers match. As far as I can tell from pics, this is an X prefix, 1947 model, stealth sweet 16, with 2 3/4" chambering, mod choke, plain bbl version. Bluing seems to be 95%+, all screw heads have straight unmarred slots, engravings are sharp, wood has some handling marks, but looks good and I think it's original finish. Checkering looks slightly worn, but not heavily. Weight of gun is under 7lbs. Any advise on how to best look it over upon arrival (if I close this deal)? Thank you folks here for helping me learn some things to look for, I would not have given this one a second look otherwise. I'm getting excited about this!


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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 11:26 am 
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Like Slim told you, if it looks good on the outside it’s probably good on the inside.

That said, look for silver Barrel Extension showing. That’s indicative of a crushed stop in the forearm.

I bring snap caps with tape over the primers. I hand cycle the gun using the barrel to see that they feed. And I check the tape to see that it’s not broken on those I didn’t pull the trigger on, and it is broken on those I did.


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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:48 pm 
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Welcome to the club. I still contend that the Browning A5. is the best and most practical shotgun ever made. Everyone is hand built and hand engraved on a very handsome frame. I also believe the 16ga to be the perfect caliber. My 3 inch 16ga 725 is a beast. The only downside to your choice in the opinion of some is the absence of the speed load feature. I don’t need it so I don’t miss it.

Check the stock closely for cracks. Any cracks in the fore arm is a cosmetic issue only. Check the barrel for dints, dings and bulges. Springs may need and upgrade. Check the bore for scoring. As others have mentioned if it don’t look broke and shoots straight it’s prolly good for a decade or two.


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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2019 6:21 am 
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Speed load feature...I saw reference to that in the owner’s manual I downloaded from Browning. I haven’t read anywhere yet that gives a timetable on when this feature was applicable. Did I miss it on this thread someplace? When did this feature begin?


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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:03 am 
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Late 1953.


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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2019 5:51 pm 
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Rudolph31 wrote:
Late 1953.


Earliest gun I've seen it on was a transitional SN Sweet A48.


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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:56 pm 
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Tijeras_Slim wrote:
Rudolph31 wrote:
Late 1953.


Earliest gun I've seen it on was a transitional SN Sweet A48.


As everyone knows, FN made two A48’s, one in 1953 and the other in 1958. Which one is yours?




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