Mfg date for Browning Auto 5

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by redscho, Oct 16, 2011.

  1. redscho

    redscho New Member

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    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. :confused:
     
  2. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    It should be a 1928 build.
     

  3. redscho

    redscho New Member

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

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  4. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Sorry, I missed the 2Z prefix.

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

    redscho New Member

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    Thanks, that makes a lot more sense. Where did you find this information?
     
  6. masterPsmith

    masterPsmith New Member

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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.


    Jim..........
     
  7. redscho

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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. :confused:
     
  8. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    ProofHouse.com

    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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  9. redscho

    redscho New Member

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    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.