Dating belgium browning a 5
I'm also looking for advice on where to sell this shotgun if you all think anyone would be interested in it. I was reading a FAQ on another website about the markings on the barrel, and it suggests the the 12c means 12 gauge, but clearly the measurement is the more important piece of data. I only have a normal caliper, so I am actually measuring what I believe to be the diameter of the end of the choke section?
Like I said, I know very little about it and the wife doesn't want it in the house with our new baby. With a reading of about .68, that could still be a 12ga based on some other references? Your receiver sn looks like an 83421 to me, which would date it 1926, but you can probably see it better, so here are the dates:1919: 47719 - 47950 1920: 47299 - 47718 1921: 48951 - 53500 1922: 53501 - 58150 1923: 58151 - 62600 1924: 62601 - 69300 1925: 69301 - 79150 1926: 79151 - 88000 1927: 88001 - : 106251 - 127650 As far as having a 12 gauge in the house with a baby, don't worry - you've got years until the little tyke can shoot it...your wife is right, I would really recommend getting the kid a 20 gauge to start out on....
There are “white spots” though, especially when it comes to pre-1909 A5s. But not all info given for guns in the 1903 to 1909 timeframe are exact – the info reflects my current knowledge. f=53&t=187139Trigger Curved Buttplate Horn buttplate type 3 – now again with “Browning” and “Automatic” around the FN logo. The change in the buttplate may have occurred a little later (1924 or 1925), as there are some 19 made A5s still having the type 2 buttplate with the FN logo only. Serial number range 12 gauge 154501 - 177100Serial number range 16 gauge 82751 - 90500Barrel Address (US market) BROWNING ARMS COMPANY ST LOUIS MO Overview Introduction of the three shot Auto 3 with shorter magazine tube and shorter forearm marked “Browning 3 Shot” (SV, page 119)Serial number range 12 gauge 182301 - 182788Serial number range 16 gauge 94001 - 96072 Overview No known design changes except for change in receiver legend.
If this fellow like to have drawings like the ones shown hereinafter: advise, and I’ll make them.4/ The drawings shown hereinafter were made by myself, based on observed features. Barrel address (non-US market) FABRIQUE –NATIONALE - HERSTAL-LIEGE. Barrel steel indication COCKERILL STEELBarrel Ring mounted on ramp Barrel Rib none Barrel Chamber length 2 ¾” (70 mm) for the US market – 2 9/16” (65 mm) for the European market Receiver features Square cartridge stop. While SN 24924 still has the old receiver legend (without “Déposé”), SN 26376 already has the legend plus “Déposé”. f=53&t=200676&p=1655717availability of lock screws and a carrier latch button with larger diameter for some extra $$ is mentioned. These plugs were an invention of Browning’s employees John E.
From what I can tell the various pieces point to 1920s to early 1930s.
For guns made after World War II, serial numbers or a combination of letters and numbers will aim you to the manufacturing year.
Look closely at your gun to make sure it is a Sweet 16, 16-gauge shotgun and not a standard 16-gauge shotgun.
Now that you've verified that you have a Sweet 16, rather than a standard 16-gauge shotgun, follow the rest of the steps to find when it was manufactured. Engraved on the bottom of the receiver will be the serial number.
If the gun is very old and engravings hard to read, locate your owner's manual to find your Browning serial number.