Dating browning shotguns
He acknowledges the lightweight A5 16 gauge guns produced between 1937- and 1947 are in fact Sweet Sixteens and identified as such in the factory issued catalogues.If the serial number records archived at Browning indicate the non-engraved guns are a Sweet Sixteen, Glen Jensen will issue a letter on Browning letterhead with an official seal for a fee authenticating the gun as a Sweet Sixteen.see Browning Website 1976 1000 221 RT Sweet Sixteen 1000 171 RT Superlight Sixtee 1978 1000 221 RP Sweet Sixteen 1987 1000 221 PR Sweet Sixteen_________________1909 Browning A5 16ga 1936 Very Sweet Sixteen, 1937 Sweet Sixteen 3 Shot, 1938 Sweet Sixteen 3 Shot 1947 Sweet Sixteen Three Shot, 1947 A5 16ga Three Shot, 1947 Sweet Sixteen 1935 Superposed 3 inch chambered, 16ga conversion Browning 725 16ga_________________1909 Browning A5 16ga 1936 Very Sweet Sixteen, 1937 Sweet Sixteen 3 Shot, 1938 Sweet Sixteen 3 Shot 1947 Sweet Sixteen Three Shot, 1947 A5 16ga Three Shot, 1947 Sweet Sixteen 1935 Superposed 3 inch chambered, 16ga conversion Browning 725 16ga I guess you are the A-5 man about these parts.I just bought a 16ga A5 IT IS A THREE SHOT it has the 5 hole barrel lug it has exibition wood seems as old as the gun.Getting one of these extremely rare original factory issued guns at a standard gun price is a trophy in itself.1947 1953 X Prefix Series 1947: X1001 - X13666 1948: X13667 - X23501 1949: X23502 X34600 1950: X34601 X43700 1951: X43701 X59400 1952: X59401 - X77700 1953: X77701 X99999 1948 Introduction of the Sweet Sixteen in script engraved on the receiver.
Details about dates, transitions, exceptions, and other nuances can be found in the Shirley/Vanderlinden book, Browning Auto 5 Shotguns. 1909 1 - 3200 1910 to 1914 There is only vague info about 16 ga SNs in SV (page 74) for the time 1910 to 1914. 1915 to 1918 No production due to German occupation of Belgium during WWI.
Barrel Rib four possibilities in 1937: none, solid (hollow) rib, ventilated rib with X posts or matted finish for Sweet Sixteen (SV page 9 Barrel Ring as before or drilled with three holes on the barrels of Sweet Sixteen Safety Gold plated (Sweet Sixteen only) Trigger Gold plated (Sweet Sixteen only) Misc. No serial number distinction between the Sweet 16 and the Standard 16 gauge A5s.
105850 111000 1938: 111001 118200 1939: 118201 126123 1940: 126124 126175 ****1940 1953**** "A" Prefix American made Browning by Remington Arms. No serial number distinction between the Sweet 16 and the Standard 16 gauge A5.
I compiled this quick reference serial number guide for dating 16ga Browning A5s and the Auto 5-3 Shot, by serial number.
A common mistake I have seen in many, many, gun shops and online sites is to assign the 12ga serial number date to a 16ga.