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dragtruck 10-06-2012 09:31 PM

Info needed on Browning Auto-5 16 ga.
I've got a Browning 16 ga. auto 5 that's pretty old. It has the safety on the front of the trigger guard and the barrel is plain, no rib. The bluing is great (I would say about 98%) and the wood has no scratches, just a few small dents no bigger than the thickness of a quarter. It has the round knob on the butt stock. The serial number is 1232**, and the numbers match. Brownings web site says it was made 1901-1939. Can anyone narrow this down to the exact year? Also, what would this gun be worth? I've dealt with quite a few Brownings, but nothing this old. Any help would be great. Thanks.

bige91603 10-06-2012 10:08 PM

The records for most browning firearms pre 1939 are hard to come by and are basically non existent for the auto 5 but you may have some luck with other members

hiwall 10-07-2012 02:59 AM

I heard yours was made in 1938. sorry I can not say positive. the 16's were numbered separate from the 12 gauge( I think).

hiwall 10-07-2012 03:03 AM

oh yours is a 2-9/16" chamber so you should not shoot 2-3/4" shells in it (I think). I'm not much of a Browning guy.

Old_Crow 10-08-2012 07:34 PM

I would find an authorized Browning dealer in your area. Most Browning dealers can tell a lot by the serial number. If your gun is really cherry they might make an offer. I would consider the offer. if you can find a Browning only auction you will likely get top dollar. You don't have to take the first offer. I they really want your gun they will make a better offer at another time.

I have a pair of Colt Diamondbacks my gunsmith really wants. Every year or so he makes a better offer. He will usually try to snag my Colts when he knows I have just spent a bunch of money. Every time I bring one of the Diamondbacks in for service he keeps it for a week. He usually manages to squeeze in some range time. I can tell he has been to the range...he adjusts the sights for his ammo.

nitestalker 10-08-2012 08:06 PM

Is your gun marked "Sweet 16" on the Rec.? Check these links out.:)

masterPsmith 10-08-2012 08:16 PM

If your serial# is numbers only and has no letters, the year of manufacture would be in 1927.............


dragtruck 10-09-2012 05:21 PM

Thanks for the info. My serial number is all numbers, no letters. It's not a "sweet sixteen". Any ideas on what it's worth? I found a similar gun on another web site (a gun auction board) that was at $575 but it hadn't sold yet. Mine appears to be in a little better shape than this one. This seems cheap for a gun this old that's in such good shape. I hope it's worth more than this much because I've got more money in it. I was hoping to be able to sell it for $750 - $800. Thanks again for your help.

hiwall 10-09-2012 10:21 PM

What people ask on auction sites means nothing, only what it sells for. Yours is not a "sweet sixteen" and is old enough that it can not shoot 2-3/4" shells. While it is nice I would be surprised if you could get $500 for it from a knowledgeable person.

dragtruck 10-10-2012 01:30 PM

Hate to hear the value. I took it in on trade on a browning double barrel and allowed the guy $600 for it. I guess I should have done some research before I traded for it. It was so old and in such nice shape, I thought I could make a few bucks. Even though the news was bad, you guys are great and this is a really helpful web site. Thanks for all the help.

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