Dating belgium browning a 5
There are “white spots” though, especially when it comes to pre-1909 A5s. But not all info given for guns in the 1903 to 1909 timeframe are exact – the info reflects my current knowledge. f=53&t=187139Trigger Curved Buttplate Horn buttplate type 3 – now again with “Browning” and “Automatic” around the FN logo. The change in the buttplate may have occurred a little later (1924 or 1925), as there are some 19 made A5s still having the type 2 buttplate with the FN logo only. Serial number range 12 gauge 154501 - 177100Serial number range 16 gauge 82751 - 90500Barrel Address (US market) BROWNING ARMS COMPANY ST LOUIS MO Overview Introduction of the three shot Auto 3 with shorter magazine tube and shorter forearm marked “Browning 3 Shot” (SV, page 119)Serial number range 12 gauge 182301 - 182788Serial number range 16 gauge 94001 - 96072 Overview No known design changes except for change in receiver legend.
I decided to share it here since this is where much of my limited knowledge came from. Other factors need to be taken into consideration to properly date your gun.For guns made after World War II, serial numbers or a combination of letters and numbers will aim you to the manufacturing year.