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Old 10-16-2011, 07:45 PM   #1
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Default Mfg date for Browning Auto 5

I have a Browning A5 20 gauge made in Belgium. I can't tie the serial number into anything on the Browning history site or any of the other sites that date firearms. S/N is 2Z over 63XXX.

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It should be a 1928 build.

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It should be a 1928 build.
I can't believe it is that old. Anyone with a second opinion?
Maybe some pictures will help.






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Sorry, I missed the 2Z prefix.

It is a 1962 light 20 ga. (2Z)

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Sorry, I missed the 2Z prefix.

It is a 1962 light 20 ga. (2Z)
Thanks, that makes a lot more sense. Where did you find this information?
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There are several publications and you can find the info online. I usually use my Blue Book, as it is always sitting next to me on my desk.


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There are several publications and you can find the info online. I usually use my Blue Book, as it is always sitting next to me on my desk.


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I checked a number of online Browning serial number sites but could find nothing re: 2Z S/N prefix. My Blue Book (Twentieth Anniverary Edition by Fjestad) has lots of good Browning S/N information but nothing I could find re 2Z prefix.
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Thanks, that makes a lot more sense. Where did you find this information?
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1958 to 1968 - The last digit of the year was used. (Code "8" is duplicated for 1958 and 1968.)

Example: Serial number 2Z63xxx:
  • 2 = Year of manufacture (1962)
  • Z = Model
  • 63xxx = Serial number
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1958 to 1968 - The last digit of the year was used. (Code "8" is duplicated for 1958 and 1968.)

Example: Serial number 2Z63xxx:
  • 2 = Year of manufacture (1962)
  • Z = Model
  • 63xxx = Serial number
I think I got it now. They sure make you work for it. Model Codes in 1958 section and the rest in Post 1958 Manufacture date list.

Thanks for all your help.
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