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Old 01-08-2010, 09:08   #1
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Old Browning A5 identification?

Was just given (!!!) an old Browning A5 in medium-rough condition. From source of gun I know it is at least 1940's, or much older. NO belgium indicators/stamps. 4 digit serial #. (Bxxxx). Barrel has matching # on underside of ring that mates to magazine tube. Barrel says "Browning Arms Company St Louis Mo", "special steel - 12 Gauge - Shells 2 3/4", a "BP" in an oval and a single stamp that looks like a clover leaf but may be a poor stamp of a four sided asterisk. No stamping on right side of barrel. 28" w rib (non vented). Reciever only says "Browning" trade mark withstamped engraving and the serial #. It has a "Hawkins Pat'd" recoil pad that was either a factory option or very well done.

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Look closer at the serial #. Are you sure that the prefix is a B, or is it an H. I have no reference to a "B" prefix. If it is an "H", it would be a 1954 Standard Weight, 12 ga.

Remington also made a model of the Auto-5, which was very similar to the Remington mod-11. The Remington Auto-5 was marked with the Browning logo and started with Serial # B5000 through # B43129. If this is the case, you have an "American Browning" Auto-5 in 12ga made by Remington.

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Thanks Jim - how you been?
OK it is absolutely a "B" then 9xxx. again barrel has matching #'s. I saw the wwII Remington manufacturing data as well but the lists I looked at showed started at a six digit after the letter so I was a bit thrown. Looks like if that is the case it was made in '40 or '41.

Thanks! -M.

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Look closer at the serial #. Are you sure that the prefix is a B, or is it an H. I have no reference to a "B" prefix. If it is an "H", it would be a 1954 Standard Weight, 12 ga.

Remington also made a model of the Auto-5, which was very similar to the Remington mod-11. The Remington Auto-5 was marked with the Browning logo and started with Serial # B5000 through # B43129. If this is the case, you have an "American Browning" Auto-5 in 12ga made by Remington.

Hope this helps,

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