Dating browning shotguns
Winchester Firearms Manufacturing Dates by Serial Number and Year 1866 through the early 1990s Below is the download link for a special resource for dating Winchester firearms.
These pages were scanned from documents compiled over the years by the customer service department of Winchester Repeating Arms.
Is there anyone in this this forum who can tell me more about this A5\11? Thank You, John Your gun is a Browning that was produced in the USA by Remington during the time that the Fabrique Nationale factory was closed during World War 2 because it had been bombed. The only writing I can find on the gun is on the top of the barrel ( made by Remington under Browning patents, and it lists the patent numbers. He ran a gun repair business from a building behind his home, and he worked on many guns for me. In 1930, they also introduced a three-shot version in 20-gauge called "The Sportsman." The 20-gauge “The Sportsman” had serial numbers beginning low 1? They added 12- and 16-gauge "The Sportsman" in 1931, with 12-gauge "The Sportsman" having serial numbers starting at 500,000 and 16-gauges having serial numbers starting at 200,000.
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In a failed attempt to decode and date a S/N# A1830 on an older Browning A5 semi-auto 16ga. I contacted Browning and inquired about the A5, and they said it was most likely a Remington Model 11. They said the serial number was on the left side of the receiver. shotgun completely refinished by a very competent gunsmith following my Dad's death. I know the gunsmith would not have erased any serial number as it is illegal, and the gunsmith was a state trooper. In 1931, they added the 16-gauge to the line with 16-gauge serial numbers starting at 1,500,000.
A few reasons cited are: There is probably some kernel of truth to all of them.
But the fact remains; there is no original, single, totally accurate database of serial numbers from 1866 forward that we are aware of.