Dating belgium browning a 5
On their web site the company provides precise charts showing date of manufacture of all of its models according to serial number. Please note that few A5 serial number records remain on units manufactured from 1903-1939.
Manufacturing of this model ceased in the year 2000.
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May 20, 2013Thank you for your interest in our Firearms Appraisal service. Gun is recoil operated, has various chokes, gold plated trigger, checkered pistol grip round knob (disc. and may not be used for any other purpose without written permission from the publisher.
Dis-allowing for the added "63", your 12ga A5, SN 60676, dates to 1923. Also, forgot to add, I believe my wife's grandfather brought this back from over seas when he returned from WWII. If you haven't already done so, I would suggest you contact Browning Customer Service about that SN, bbl type/length & buttstock config. We need to see the proof marks on the bottom of the barrel and what is stamped along the upper receiver rail on the left side. A view of the bottom of the action showing the entire silver-colored carrier will show if speed-lock or not.
Per "Browning Dates of Manufacture", 1988, Brownsboro TX, Art and Reference House: Z = 1 Y = 2 X = 3 W= 4 V = 5 T = 6 R = 7 P = 8 N= 9 M= 0 Earlier codes; 1954 to 1964 = 70000 to circa 115823, '64 to '69: T136568 to circa T261000, followed be the introduction of the 2-digit year code and "C".That was the introduction of the 'speed load' feature I THINK. Note the FN maker's marking along the left side receiver rail and proofs on the bottom. The cheekpiece stock is not unique but was never imported by Browning. The gun appears to have original rust blue and stock finish but the butt pad knocked THREE digits off the value.