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I'd appreciate help on identifying the year and approximate value of this gun. It's a Browning A5 16ga, with made in Belgium on the barrel. There's wear on the stock and a crack in the forearm, but it's overall in good working order. Thanks ahead of time for your help.




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My resources show that the gun is a 1957 A5 Standardweight. I am not sure what a "heavy model" is. I guess Albanygun ment that it is a Standardweigh as opposed to a Sweet Sixteen. That crack needs to be repaired tp make the gun worth $500. It is not a big deal when done with the proper materials, like tru-glass.
 

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Quoting from the Browning Auto-5 Shotgun Book, FN records indicate "A" represents Allege or Lightweight/Sweet Sixteen while the "T" refers to the Lourd (heavy) model or Standard 16.
I was surprised that there even was an A or T set of serial numbers. Learn something every day.
 

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I seem to learn something all the time about the A5. I knew that the "A" stood for Allege and this roughly translates "to lighten or has been lightened" but I never heard of a "Lourd" A5. I think that lourd translulates "clumsy or heavy".

In general, I have slotted A5s into several groups accorning to weight. These were Standardweight, Lightweight (includes the Sweet Sixteen), Magnum and the Superlightweight.
 
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