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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:03 am 
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Tijeras_Slim wrote:
I owned A48, and that was the only marking.


Was it 1953 A48 or 1958 A48?




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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:37 am 
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The Guide is updated to include the 1954-1974 Why Series.

Been snowed in by blizzard here in South Dakota for two days. Gots time to get caught up on several items.


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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 4:12 pm 
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The Why Series, perfect!


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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:57 pm 
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Yep! And to clarify, It’s not to discount his very rare and desirable gun. The sarcastic humor is directed at our lack of knowledge about why the Y.


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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:09 pm 
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Brothers Goad and Rudolph, it was a 1953 Browning, not FN. Gave it to my Uncle who introduced me to shooting and had always regretted trading a Sweet he had back in the 70's. One of those times things come full circle.

The why series, LOL. Somehow reminds me of being in college in western PA and the Youngstown OH radio station played nothing but disco. It was called Y 103, and after one too many songs we called it WHY? 103.


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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2019 5:31 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Sat Dec 28, 2019 5:26 pm 
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I have serial number x27385... from what the first post states is should be stamped as a sweet 16 but has no sweet 16 stamp/verbiage on it. It has beautiful engraving on it and says it was made in by FN in Belgium... thoughts?

I also own an Auto 5 12 gauge lot number 335. Any historians here with info on it? I know it was part of the first 500 A5’s ever made but I’d love to know more and am hoping there are some on here that could share their wisdom.

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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Sun Dec 29, 2019 9:23 am 
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Engraving the name on the receiver began in 1948, but not all the Sweet Sixteens made that year have it. Before that those guns were identified by their gold triggers and safeties. Your gun was made in 1949 and should have the engraved name — if it’s a Sweet Sixteen. About half the X prefixed guns were standard models. If yours has the gold parts, and the lightening cuts, it’s a Sweet and something of an anomaly.

As for your 12, I’m not sure what a lot number is. If you mean serial number, it is indeed one of the first 500 and deserves its own thread. With pictures.


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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2020 11:05 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:22 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:25 pm 
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Rudolph31 wrote:
Tijeras_Slim wrote:
I owned A48, and that was the only marking.


Was it 1953 A48 or 1958 A48?


1953, it had the matching number on the barrel ring.


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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2020 3:58 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2020 4:33 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2020 8:23 pm 
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This week I bought my first A-5 at a pawn shop, putting it on layaway. I did take a few pictures of it but forgot to take one of the left side of the receiver. It does not say Browning anywhere on the gun. Based on the serial number I believe it was made in 1927 but I may be wrong with it not being a Browning. It is a 16 gauge. Would I be correct in saying this is a FN gun made for the European market?

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It looks like there is a stamp on the barrel that shows it has a 65mm chamber which means it has the short chamber. In the 3rd picture it looks like the barrel is further out similar to the ones that have been converted to 2-3/4 inch. I would definitely check it before shooting it. Also, it has a cylinder barrel, which isn't very useful for waterfowl. I know I would need to only use bismuth, NICE shot or similar lead-like pellets. So in the future I may look for a steel safe barrel for it or a tighter fixed choke barrel but still use the softer shot types.
I can't take any measurement or check anything else until I get it out. Hopefully by this summer.


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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2020 9:07 pm 
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The easiest way to tell if the gun has been modified is to check the ejector. If it slides, it’s been converted to 70mm.

As to US or World Market, a Browning address on the barrel will tell. The fact that the barrel says SPECIAL STEEL instead of ACIER SPECIAL makes it more likely to be a US gun.


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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2020 8:25 am 
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Treeduck71, nice old gun. It looks converted but follow Rudolph’s advice. The cyl barrel is scarce. Great for woodland game not so great for ducks. I like your second barrel option. Haters will tell you to go buy a more practical duck gun. We love your hand crafted, high quality, beautiful, character embellished, historical multi purpose shotgun in the proper gauge. Thanks for posting


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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2020 10:36 am 
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Once you figure what ammo you can run in it, shoot a couple patterns. Some of these older guns have pretty tight bores. I had a Winchester '97 cut down to 20" and the bore was .710" and it threw light mod patterns.


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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2020 8:32 am 
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Thought I’d bump this by posting pictures of my new to me 1935 Auto-5.

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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2020 9:42 am 
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Love that finish color. The blond wood never did much for me.


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 Post subject: Re: Browning A5 16 Gauge Serial Number Date Guide
PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:29 am 
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The gun is hard to shoot. The stock has been cut down a couple of inches, and I’ve got to crank the Poly Choke down to Modified to get a useable pattern. On the plus side, it eats everything, even 67mm shells. My other short chamber guns won’t.

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