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Hey All,

Can anyone help me figure out what the year and value of this is?

It is made in Belgium. It’s not a “SWEET.” It has a little wear. Some bluing is worn off where the hands make contact near stock. Stock has a couple of light scratches, and there are a couple of light marks on the receiver. The condition (IMO) is 90% or close. This is very nice. No sign of rust or pits at all.

I don’t see any choke or markings as to what choke it is. I don’t see any FN stamps in the metal. It does have the black carved (is it horn?) butt stock.

In short, when I do sell this I don’t want this to be under or over valued. Sorry, not currently for sale. I just need help from someone who knows these type of guns.

Thanks in advance for your time!
 

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Nice A-5 the sweet 16’s are a bit more in value as you indicate.

Not coming from a book, but the ones on the rack here where I live in the mid west sell from the $275-$450 range. I know this sounds ridiculously low for such a fine firearm, but not a lot have the love for them as they used to. Mine will never leave regardless of value. Family heirloom.


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Brownings website has a serial number look up for all models. Click on the “support” tab and it will take you to it.
 
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Brownings website has a serial number look up for all models. Click on the “support” tab and it will take you to it.
I should have noted that I’ve tried the lookup, but I don’t see numbers that make sense??? If someone who knows these could make sense of my number and explain what OR is I would really appreciate it!!
 

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Hey All,

Can anyone help me figure out what the year and value of this is?

It is made in Belgium. It’s not a “SWEET.” It has a little wear. Some bluing is worn off where the hands make contact near stock. Stock has a couple of light scratches, and there are a couple of light marks on the receiver. The condition (IMO) is 90% or close. This is very nice. No sign of rust or pits at all.

I don’t see any choke or markings as to what choke it is. I don’t see any FN stamps in the metal. It does have the black carved (is it horn?) butt stock.

In short, when I do sell this I don’t want this to be under or over valued. Sorry, not currently for sale. I just need help from someone who knows these type of guns.

Thanks in advance for your time!
Thanks for the Pic of the "Sweet 16". When I saw that worn A-5 my mind flashed backed to Bob Whites on the rise and my beautiful setters of long ago. Thanks for the memories. :)
 

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I should have noted that I’ve tried the lookup, but I don’t see numbers that make sense??? If someone who knows these could make sense of my number and explain what OR is I would really appreciate it!!
Have you contacted Browning? That's where I would begin looking for an explanation and trying to decode a serial # that didn't appear to match info on their list.
 

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Have you contacted Browning? That's where I would begin looking for an explanation and trying to decode a serial # that didn't appear to match info on their list.
That is an "FN". These predated the Browning A-5 shotguns as I recall? The first Browning A-5 shotguns were Remington Mdl. 11. FN did produce all the Browning A-5 marked shotguns as well.
 

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That is an "FN". These predated the Browning A-5 shotguns as I recall? The first Browning A-5 shotguns were Remington Mdl. 11. FN did produce all the Browning A-5 marked shotguns as well.
From their website Jim. It appears to cover various phases of the production, but nothing with the "OR" prefix that the OP has on their firearm. That's why I suggested contacting them directly.
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That is an "FN". These predated the Browning A-5 shotguns as I recall? The first Browning A-5 shotguns were Remington Mdl. 11. FN did produce all the Browning A-5 marked shotguns as well.
So, your saying that this one is a 1903-1939 models with serial numbers from 1-228,000? It does say St Louis Mo, so it’s not one of the first 10,000. I’m of the opinion that, if this is correct, this is a more “collectible/desirable” gun????
 

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That is an "FN". These predated the Browning A-5 shotguns as I recall? The first Browning A-5 shotguns were Remington Mdl. 11. FN did produce all the Browning A-5 marked shotguns as well.
Browning took the design to Remington first. The gentleman he was to meet with had a heart attack and died. He then went to FN Belgium, the rest is history.

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Hey All,

So Browning got back to me on this and has advised that this is a 1926 manufactured A5! Wow! Can’t believe they got back to me so quickly, and that I have a 1926 A5!! Giddy UP!!!

That nails the year, so what are your thoughts on price????????? This one may never leave my hands!

Thanks!!
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Hey All,

So Browning got back to me on this and has advised that this is a 1926 manufactured A5! Wow! Can’t believe they got back to me so quickly, and that I have a 1926 A5!! Giddy UP!!!

That nails the year, so what are your thoughts on price????????? This one may never leave my hands!

Thanks!!
Jeff
I just saw one on Armslist in excellent condition. It is 16 gauge and made in 1950. They are asking $400 for it. Maybe you can get some idea what an earlier one is worth. I have seen many of them in various gauge but never owned one.
 
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