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Browning light 20 year built

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by chipped99, Feb 3, 2011.

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  1. chipped99

    chipped99 Active Member

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    I need a little help from the Browning guys.I have an old a-5 20Ga. that I have owned for a long time and would like to know the year it was made if someone can tell me.It has Browning Arms Co. of ST.Louis on port side of barrel and the only serial number that I can locate is just in front of the loading port.It is as follows.........9Z over 32411.I hope this is enough info.If some of you folks can give me an idea I would be oblidged.Thanks.Cabin fever in Texas sucks!!!!!!!!!
     
  2. GW22

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    The link above is where I looked up my A5 but I don't see yours shown.

    -Gary
     
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    Gary,I have been there as well.That's why I asked for help here.I didn't see what I needed.Thank you for the effort.Maybe someone will know.Thanks again.
     
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    9z is 1959
     
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    In the link above supplied by GW22 .....(http://www.browning.com/customerservice/dategun/detail.asp?id=13 )

    The following info is listed ... (this shows your ser. # as mfg. in 1959) ...

    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
    8G1-8G2000
    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
     
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    Well,I am glad to know this and really appreciate the help from you gentlemen.I guess I couldn't or didn't read far enough into the site to figure the year out.Thank you very much for your help..............Tony
     
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