Browning a5 shotgun owners manual
R 48751 -.
Some have shown up with the entire year stamped instead of the two digit year code.
I took the liberty to use the Calandar Year Jan.Code, notes 1954, h Standard Weight, l Light Weight 1956, m Standard Weight, g Light Weight 1958.Sweet Sixteen not separated.Prior to 1924, few serial records remain.Your browser is out of date and may not be able to properly display our website.The two sets of numbers are different.The serial number coding system changed to the serial number preceding the date code.Serial began with followed by the model code 221 Sweet Sixteen and 171 Superlight 16 and two letter year( T6, R7, P8).X Prefix Series 1947 : X1001 - X : X13667 - X : X23502 X : X34601 X : X43701 X : X59401 - X : X77701 X Introduction of the Sweet Sixteen in script engraved on the receiver.A list of modern browsers is below; simply click an icon to go to the browsers download page.
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.
This is the first year of standard production of the 2 inch chambered 16 gauge.
Details about dates, transitions, exceptions, and other nuances can be found in the Shirley/Vanderlinden book, Browning Auto 5 Shotguns.
A-5 Production resumes H Standard Wgt.
This guide is for the Browning A5 16 gauge only.
8S,8R 1958, 9S, 1959, 0S 1960, 7S FN High Grade Lightweight Series May include the letters following the serial number "SAC, B,F,N,Z" S/V p # These will have a small two digit (year 59 1959) number following the serial number.
Glen Jensen, Browning Historian took the position with me that the true Sweet Sixteen was born when the receiver was engraved Sweet Sixteen in 1948.If the serial number records archived at Browning indicate the non-engraved guns are a Sweet Sixteen, Glen Jensen would issue a letter on Browning letterhead with an official seal for a fee authenticating the gun as a Sweet Sixteen.Browning 12ga numbers began with number 1 in 1903.I found what I thought was a very early 1948 Sweet Sixteen based on the serial number.Was the last year of the R (4R) Standard Weight A5 16ga.SNs were invoiced between 1st Jan.