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Old 08-18-2009, 03:37 AM   #1
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my uncle just loaned me my grandfather's old Browning A-5
he brought it back from the war in 1945
it is completely unengraved, and some very extensive research told me it could possibly be an army model.
i have never heard of an A-5 army model, so i'm assuming it is very rare.
there is no date, just the patent year


i'm looking for any answers
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Old 08-18-2009, 04:41 AM   #2
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If I remember correctly, the war time guns the military used were Remingtons (built on the Browning patent), and they also made the Brownings under contract for a while there. The FN plant was in German hands from 1940 on if I remember that right also.



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If I remember correctly, the war time guns the military used were Remingtons (built on the Browning patent), and they also made the Brownings under contract for a while there. The FN plant was in German hands from 1940 on if I remember that right also.
I know that the Remingtons that were issued were stamped "Model 11" on the bolt and had a firebomb symbol stamped on the barrel, something like what is pictured below.

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but this one says it was made in fabrique nationale

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Post some good photos and we might be better able to help you..

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At the start of our involvement in WWII, the US was woefully short of ordnance. Many civilian arms were pressed into service (see Thompson 1921/28 Navy Model). It is possible a civilian owned A-5 was ordnance approved and issued to a military unit.

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my uncle just loaned me my grandfather's old Browning A-5
he brought it back from the war in 1945
it is completely unengraved, and some very extensive research told me it could possibly be an army model.
i have never heard of an A-5 army model, so i'm assuming it is very rare.
there is no date, just the patent year


i'm looking for any answers
value, facts, anything
Most pre-war A5's made by "Fabrique Nationale De Armes De Guerre" were devoid of any traditional Browning markings or engraving. They will say "Browning's Patent" below the Fabrique Nationale marking but that's it. My guess is your uncle picked one up overseas that was not imported into the US. What is the serial number and I can tell you the date of Mfg.


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