Need help dating my A5

Discussion in 'Browning' started by Jmoods55, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. Jmoods55

    Jmoods55 G&G Newbie

    Serial number on both receiver and the barrel matches and is X4194. This number doesn't seem to match anything on the browning website. The gun is a 16 gauge made in Belgium, but with st. Louis identifier also. Anybody have any help?
  2. srt 10 jimbo

    srt 10 jimbo G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    Auto-5 Standard weight. barrel addresses 1930-1958"St .Louis M.O

  3. Deep13

    Deep13 G&G Evangelist

    "Need help dating my A5"

    Try dinner and flowers. :)
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  4. PaleHawkDown

    PaleHawkDown G&G Evangelist

    doggone it....beat me to it
  5. HolsteinFarmer

    HolsteinFarmer G&G Evangelist

    I also tried to find out the production date of my Auto 5, but without success . I made some pictures, so maybe someone can help me with that?
  6. HolsteinFarmer

    HolsteinFarmer G&G Evangelist

    Maybe '69 is the year it was built?
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  7. FortyXDM

    FortyXDM G&G Evangelist Staff Member

    Don't forget the "sweet nothings" !
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  8. Date Historic Information Serial Number Info
    1903-1939 First 10,000 shipped to U.S. Marked with "BROWNING AUTOMATIC ARMS CO. OGDEN UTAH-U.S.A." Very few serial number records remain. Beginning with Serial Number 1 to approximately 228,000. Exact production figures are not available. Year of manufacture on Pre-World War II production is strictly a guess.
    1940-1946 From 1940 to 1946 production of the Auto-5 was turned over to Remington. Serial number is on the side of receiver. "ABC" for American made Version. (A=16 gauge, B-12 gauge, C=20 gauge) 1946+229,000-237,000
    1947 237001-249000
    1948 249001-270000
    1949 270001-285000
    1950 285001-315000
    1951 315001-346000
    1952 F.N. took over production of the Auto-5. 346001-387000
    1953 387000-438000
    1954-55 Serial Numbering System changed. H=Standard Weight. L=Light Weight. H1-H83000
    1956 Serial Number designation for the Light Weight changed to G. H83001-H99000
    1957 Serial Numbering System changed again. M=Standard Weight. G=Light Weight. M22000-M85000
    1958-67 From 1958 serial numbers were preceded by the date of manufacture. 8M=standard weight for 1958. 8G=light weight for 1958.
    Example: 8M1000 = A 1958 Auto-5 standard weight shotgun with serial number 1000 G85001-G99000
    M=standard weight
    G=light weight
    1968-76 In 1969 Browning started using two digits for the date of manufacture which was followed by a four digit code that identified the type of Auto-5:
    M=standard weight
    G=light weight
    This was then followed by the serial number beginning with 1000.
    Example: 69G1000 = A 1969 Auto-5 Lightweight 12 ga.. shotgun with a serial number of 1000. M-standard weight
    G=light weight
    1976-1997 In 1976 Browning standardized its serial number identification which it followed until 1998.
    1. Auto-5 Type 151=Magnum 12 gauge
    161=Magnum 20 gauge
    211=Light 12 gauge
    221=Sweet 16
    231=Light 20 gauge
    2. Date of Manufacture
    is a two digit code Z=1
    3. Serial Number
    beginning with 01001
    at the start of each year.

    Number Example:

    This would be an Auto-5 Magnum 12 ga.,manufactured in 1976 with the serial number 01001.

    1999 The Auto-5 will be discontinued for 2000. To commemorate this historic event for the Auto-5, Browning released the "Final Tribute" version in 1999.
    1. Serial Number
    beginning with 1001
    at the start of each year.
    2. Date of Manufacture
    is a two digit code 2000 (distribution began in 1999)
    3. Auto-5 Type FT="Final Tribute" 12 ga.
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  9. redcaddy51

    redcaddy51 G&G Evangelist

    WOW, that's the best reference sheet I'v ever seen for A-5's. I printed it out and placed it in my hard copy file. Thanks very much. RED
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  10. Where did you find this series of numbers? I do not think these are the shotguns serial number but assembly numbers you can find your guns #s; For Belgian guns you can find it under the receiver, just forward of the open area with the carrier. For American made Auto 5's, it is on the left side of the receiver starting with an A, B or C
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  11. jerry

    jerry Since 03-15- 2002 Forum Contributor

    I have mine at 1963, but may double check with this good info. Dad bought it after Vietnam, 1969

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