So for one gun as an all around shooter I'd look for a post '53 gun. If you do not have the original owner's manual, you can find the owner's manual online at the Browning website. Visit Website Firearm dating information about Remington series firearms and guns provided by the Remington Society. Please note that few A5 serial number records remain on units manufactured from 1903-1939. No serial number distinction between the Sweet 16 and the Standard 16 gauge A5s. But point of fact is, it isn't. My point was about that particular one being part of the first 10,000 units.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and English from Western Michigan University. Unless, as mentioned above, that you have documentation of the complete history of the gun that ties it some unique person or event. I shoot at my club a little and hunt a lot if ya know what I mean. Which is nice to know, especially when I am shooting ducks with it I know I ought to be shot, its like taking tequilla shots from the Holy Grail. I had been shopping for at least a year and stubbled on this gun. I would trade these A5's for anyone of them! In my gunshop, we have a little saying that relates to worth vs.
I would have to research the other proofs but usually the butt plate is a good first indicator. Its serial number is S 63661, which puts it into the year 1956. Classic Doubles was a name used by several people on both sides of the Atlantic. Of the two I like the 16 as it is very nice to carry and shoot's like a dream! Ensure you have your serial number handy and visit this site to begin. It has about 10 boxes of shells through it. I know this is an old post, but I have a gun just like the one described at the beginning.
While every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided on serial numbers and dates of manufacture are accurate, records on early production models such as the Auto-5 and Superposed shotguns were not included due to the complexity of numbers, models and grades offered. A view of the bottom of the action showing the entire silver-colored carrier will show if speed-lock or not. The reason is that there are a lot more A5's than collectors of A5's About 2. Of course, nobody thought what would happen when they got to 1968 sort of like the Y2K scare. If I am looking at the right number, then this serial number does not exist on the Browning page. I have trying to find out the approximate year it was manufactured and the value of the shotgun.
To find your serial number, you will need to refer to your owner's manual. It was set up for his grandson, who outgrew the gun and went into Rem 1100 12 ga. The number represents the last digit in the year only from 1958 through 1967 it was manufactured. The Browning B-80 was manufactured by Beretta and bears the Beretta proof on the barrel. This cross reference can be used to figure out which Sears firearm was created by which manufacturer as a mirror model of their own. We have most owner's manuals online.
This area will help you read that serial number. Look at the proof date stamp as all Japanese made guns would have been proofed in either Birmingham or London. See figure 1-A to locate the top lever on your firearm. The serial number is located on the bottom in front of the load port, right? I am sorry to ask a silly question. New choke codes replaced the choke words stamped on the barrels. I don't know, but there is still the matter of the address on the barrel. These serial numbers for each year from 1949-63 are best guess.
This gun also has a screwon the front wood that I have not seen on any others and the screws are engraved as well. Initially, and until 1939 the Browning Superposed fired via a double trigger set up. Now you can date your Browning firearm. Some of the Belgium ones were in big letters on the left side of the reciever and some in small letters in the barrel. On most over and under shotguns this should be situated under the top lever… and on Semi-Autos somewhere on the receiver… In the Serial number there are two letters together — This is your date code.
This would be a Japan one as none of the Belgium light 20's came with choke tubes as far as I can tell. If it is original, where could i go about finding a replacement matching polychoke for it? Louis , Missouri for first 2 years of production? The cheekpiece stock is not unique but was never imported by Browning. From 1976 up what are they marked- Salt Lake City or Ogden, Utah? But I agree that if your going to own just one A5 that a little later gun makes more sense. Sometimes you a see the letters B, F, N, and Z as part of the serial number. Notice the hammer block safety.