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 Post subject: Re: Find your Browning manufacture date
PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 4:47 pm 
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Rudolph31 wrote:
Woodstock2 wrote:
But I thought I read that the post war guns didn't have the mag cut off. Maybe I misunderstood.


The magazine cutoff was on all but the first year (1903 and some 1904) Auto-5’s.


Thanks for the info.




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 Post subject: Re: Find your Browning manufacture date
PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 2:27 pm 
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Rudolph31 wrote:
Woodstock2 wrote:
But I thought I read that the post war guns didn't have the mag cut off. Maybe I misunderstood.


The magazine cutoff was on all but the first year (1903 and some 1904) Auto-5’s.



I have an A5 serial number 209xx which should be 1906 DOM. It does not have the mag cut off.


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 Post subject: Re: Find your Browning manufacture date
PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:27 pm 
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skeetsit wrote:
Rudolph31 wrote:
Woodstock2 wrote:
But I thought I read that the post war guns didn't have the mag cut off. Maybe I misunderstood.


The magazine cutoff was on all but the first year (1903 and some 1904) Auto-5’s.



I have an A5 serial number 209xx which should be 1906 DOM. It does not have the mag cut off.


You’re right, I should have said no first year guns, and some 1904-06 guns didn’t have cutoffs. It’s all laid out in Martin’s thread here:

https://www.shotgunworld.com/bbs/viewto ... 3&t=216472

But, as for postwar guns, they all should have cutoffs, and it doesn’t matter which war we’re talking about.


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 Post subject: Re: Find your Browning manufacture date
PostPosted: Fri Jan 03, 2020 6:28 pm 
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Ok let me join the list of having trouble ID the gun and year.
I just inherited a Browning semi auto loader 12 gauge , Light Twelve , made in Belgium, Browning Arms Company ST Louis Mo. & Montreal PO, numbers on bottom of receiver are 5G 25047 , any info appreciated
Thank You in Advance

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 Post subject: Re: Find your Browning manufacture date
PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2020 12:47 am 
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1965

http://www.nramuseum.org/media/940941/s ... acture.pdf


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 Post subject: Re: Find your Browning manufacture date
PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2020 8:17 pm 
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Hello,
HOpefully someone can help me to date my A5?. It is a FN 16GA SN6360 , which should mean it is from 1910-13 but I am a bit confused with the 12GA serialization.

I'd appreciate your assistance.

Photos here:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/ULKo7UaNcxey4qU8A

Rgds.


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 Post subject: Re: Find your Browning manufacture date
PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2020 11:41 pm 
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looks like 1910 to 1912 from the link Rudolph31 sent me, he showed me by the post how that site worked.

http://www.nramuseum.org/media/940941/s ... acture.pdf

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 Post subject: Re: Find your Browning manufacture date
PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2020 8:31 am 
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rbdjr wrote:
looks like 1910 to 1912 from the link Rudolph31 sent me, he showed me by the post how that site worked.

http://www.nramuseum.org/media/940941/s ... acture.pdf


Cheers mate, I have now seen the "Serialization" document you refer to.

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 Post subject: Re: Find your Browning manufacture date
PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2020 9:03 pm 
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Howdy y’all! Same as all the others I’m trying to identify this Browning A5 12 gauge. I have looked at the websites posted above and feel confident it is a 1958 model made in Belgium. I think....

Serial number on receiver says 8G and then below it says 97xx6 (not sure why I protected the number lol.

Pulled the barrel off and the number on the barrel says C58733...why don’t they match? Is that telling of where and when it was made?

Any help is appreciated. Thanks y’all.


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 Post subject: Re: Find your Browning manufacture date
PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2020 8:56 pm 
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8G should be 1958, because in 1968 they started using two digits. But at least a few 1968 guns got out with the single 8. There are several ways to confirm, but the easiest is if you have a square knob butt stock, it’s post 67.

Also, the number on your barrel is not a serial number.


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 Post subject: Re: Find your Browning manufacture date
PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:35 pm 
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Just wanted to get the experts around here to verify that I'm reading things right.

My dad has a 16 gauge A5 that came from his father. The serial number on it is R6968. He was under the impression that it was a Sweet 16 model but from what I've read, the R denotes that it's the standard model and not the Sweet 16. That serial number seems to correspond to being manufactured in 1954.

The barrel is marked with '* Special Steel' which I think means it's a full choke? It also says 'Browning Arms Company St. Louis Mo' which I believe means, it was made in Belgium.

Does all that sound about right? Thanks for the help, this place is an awesome wealth of knowledge.


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 Post subject: Re: Find your Browning manufacture date
PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:56 pm 
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You’re right about the R, your dad’s gun is a standard weight 16. And I get 1954 also.

Made in Belgium appears on the right side of the barrel. The St. Louis barrel address also appeared on American Brownings, made by Remington.

Special Steel or Acier Special appears on all of the guns. It’s just to give you confidence that the gun won’t blow up in your face. The choke is marked by a series of asterisks on the left side of the barrel. The fewer, the tighter.




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