Browning A-5 Shotgun questions - help
Hi, I'm roncard in VA; I just joined your site, and I have some questions about a gorgeous vintage A-5 I just bought for $100.00. Apparently the seller, an local older woman, called me and just wanted to get rid of her late husband's shotgun and she knew nothing about it other than she wanted $100.00 for it, so upon examining it, I couldn't fetch a Mr. Franklin from my pocket fast enough, LOL.
First, can someone tell me when it was made? The SN is, 2M over 89201. The plain Barrel appears to be 28" long. The left rear barrel info reads, * * (two asterisks) Special Steel - 12 Gauge - Shells 2 3/4" then is a series of what appears to be proof marks, the last one being an encircled 12-70. Could this mean the barrel was replaced in Dec., 1970 because it is a darker, blackish colored bluing than the receiver is which is an even kind of chocolate brown color. Top of the barrel is marked, Browning Arms Company St. Louis Mo & Montreal P.Q. The stock and forearm are checkered walnut with a round knob pistol grip. Buttplate is plastic. Wood finish appears to be glossy lacquer. Gun appears to be a Standard Weight, but what type choke? I'd rate the overall condition at excellent, about 90%, very clean gun with very few marks, no gouges, a few very minor surface scratches, no rust, no significant pitting, only around where the shells are inserted. Apparently a well cared for gun by the owner. Also, I wonder what the fair market value is. I greatly appreciate any help offered. Thanks, ron card