82751 – 905001931 90501 – 940001932 Introduction of the three shot Auto 3 with shorter magazine tube and shorter forearm marked “Browning 3 Shot” 94001 – 960721933 96073 – 961431934 Receiver legend Now with BROWNING and John M.
Browning’s bust between “TRADE” and “MARK”96144 – 995001935 99501 - 1035001936 The "Sweet Sixteen" was released but limited to a test market.103501 – 105850*1937* Introduction of the “Sweet Sixteen” sale to the public.
I decided to share it here since this is where much of my limited knowledge came from. Other factors need to be taken into consideration to properly date your gun.
I compiled this quick reference serial number guide for dating 16ga Browning A5s and the Auto 5-3 Shot, by serial number.
Every three months you’ll receive a colorful, 60-page all-Remington magazine.Details about dates, transitions, exceptions, and other nuances can be found in the Shirley/Vanderlinden book, Browning Auto 5 Shotguns. 1909 1 - 32001910 to 1914 There is only vague info about 16 ga SNs in SV (page 74) for the time 1910 to 1914. "65101 – 827501930 Barrel Address (US market) BROWNING ARMS COMPANY ST LOUIS MO.New choke codes replaced the choke words stamped on the barrels.However, if you get online and visit Gun Collections Online all will be revealed.Incidentally, if you buy a new gun, don’t be surprised if it was made last year, or even before that.It is quite usual for guns to take months to get into the hands of UK wholesalers, and then get out to gunshops.