H83001-H99000 G1-G23000 1957 Serial Numbering System changed again. I should have reread before posting. It was set up for his grandson, who outgrew the gun and went into Rem 1100 12 ga. Its a long story, but to cut to the quick, I would like to know what a Browning Auto 5 Liight Belguim is worht. If you do not have the original owner's manual, you can find the owner's manual online at the Browning website. I'll break it down for you Aaron: 6V - 6 meaning 1966, the year your gun was made. However, I we don't have the original box.
I occasionally use a torque wrench on nuts and spark plugs and am used to seeing inch-pounds; foot-pounds are pretty big. Both have seen plenty of use read great hunting! Such as G38000, meaning standard might be light 12ga and then the. Your pistol was made in 1966 which is denoted by the 6 after the p in the serial number. Since the Sweet 16 was introduced to the public in 1937, you'll only be able to guess that your gun was manufactured in 1937, 1938 or 1939. It is located in the front of the trigger guard. In 1935 my gun was made with the most recent available parts. Notes 1954 H Standard Weight L Light Weight 1956 M Standard Weight G Light Weight 1958 M Standard Weight G Light Weight V 12 Gauge Magnum S Sweet Sixteen Z Light 20 Gauge X 20 Gauge X 20 Gauge Magnum 1969 1501 Magnum 12 Gauge 2101 Light 12 Gauge 2201 Sweet 16 1601 Magnum 20 Gauge 2301 Light 20 Gauge 1975 151 Magnum 12 Gauge 211 Light 12 Gauge 221 Sweet 16 161 Magnum 20 231 Light 20.
After that Browning imports used letter prefixes to differentiate the various models. Yet apparantly they stopped at 438000. My Dad, My brother, and myself; when baught new. Serial numbers began near 3000 in 1924. Please note that few A5 serial number records remain on units manufactured from 1903-1939. This system stayed in use until about 1974 when Browning moved its production to Japan and streamlined the serial system to the one that remains in place today. A call to Browning for a letter will get you all you can find out.
Pinpointing the exact manufacturing year of early Sweet 16s is a bit difficult. Well, I looked at the Gun Traders Guide- but then I went and looked at some of the on line auctions that closed in the past 90 days- for guns that had sold. It's Belium made according to the barrel. If you're referring to my earlier post, I said those numbers are unexplained, and the first two numbers could not be the year. Although she writes about a wide range of topics, her areas of expertise include fashion, beauty, technology and education.
The engraving still has burrs on it like it is hot out of the factory. Also, what is the significance of the ball grip? If your gun does not end in 221, it is not a Sweet 16 shotgun. Do not try craigslist or a local ad. My father just passed away and gave me his shotgun. They were available in 12ga only until 1925 when the 16ga came out. About the Author Andrea Griffith has been writing professionally since 2005.
Date Historic Information Serial Number Info 1903-1939 First 10,000 shipped to U. However, the metal is very clean and so I bought it. To find the date, look at the number just before the letter G. Yours should be a 1971 vintage, serial number 5xxx1. They sent the serial to Colt for a history of the firearm. And Sweet 16s made in 1949 will have a serial number between 270,001 and 285,000.
Thanks for the info Oldstuffer. I now own 7 collectable to me Browning A5s. Also, your screw heads have no numbers on them. I can not than this group for helping me out so much. Expect a dealer to offer 50-60% of the book- they have to pay rent and light bills. And Sweet 16s manufactured in 1953 will have a serial number from 387,001 to 438,000.
Now you can date your Browning firearm. From 1924 to 1931 letters and folders were used to list the guns. For a more pratical example, I'll use my oldest A5. Both get worked very hard in use. My experience has been that you are correct in guessing along with us that your gun is dated 1951. The book value for a light 12 in excellent condition is about 600.