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Posted: 8/7/2007 6:57:48 AM EDT
Can someone help me date this thing. I know there is books out ther but I dont want to spend 40 just to date one gun. Brownings web site does not relly help . It is a A5 16 gauge. Ser# X17,86x, yes the first X is there on the gun. . I wil ltake a pick of it later. Thanks Tuna.
Link Posted: 8/7/2007 7:01:06 AM EDT
I think you can call Browning and provide them with the serial number to find out.
Link Posted: 8/7/2007 7:03:35 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/7/2007 7:04:24 AM EDT by BigRedDog]
You could take it out to the movies and for a beer. But don't expect to fire it unless you also take it out for dinner.
Link Posted: 8/7/2007 7:59:02 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/7/2007 8:01:50 AM EDT by Lazyshooter]
At least some information here, which you probably have seen, but it's confusing with regards to your serial number:www.browning.com/services/dategun/detail.asp?id=13

They must have it on file, and I would think it best to call them.
Link Posted: 8/7/2007 5:39:50 PM EDT

Originally Posted By BigRedDog:
You could take it out to the movies and for a beer. But don't expect to fire it unless you also take it out for dinner.
??????. It is old but it has not been used much. It is still safe to shoot if that is what U are referring too.
Link Posted: 8/7/2007 6:01:30 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/7/2007 6:03:25 PM EDT by flatfender]
Made in 1948. Serial numbers - X13667 - X23501

From Fjestad's Blue Book of Gun Values
Link Posted: 8/7/2007 6:22:54 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/7/2007 6:29:46 PM EDT by M4-TUNA]

Originally Posted By flatfender:
Made in 1948. Serial numbers - X13667 - X23501

From Fjestad's Blue Book of Gun Values
That sounds too young for this gun. It is stamped St. Louis it has the older saftey up front of the trigger. Added. It has FN marks too.
Link Posted: 8/7/2007 6:37:01 PM EDT
Some pics of the gun close up.
Link Posted: 8/7/2007 6:59:39 PM EDT
There's no way she's only 27.

LOL

(You have to know of a certain thread in GD to get this joke)
Link Posted: 8/7/2007 7:43:42 PM EDT

Originally Posted By M4-TUNA:

Originally Posted By flatfender:
Made in 1948. Serial numbers - X13667 - X23501

From Fjestad's Blue Book of Gun Values
That sounds too young for this gun. It is stamped St. Louis it has the older saftey up front of the trigger. Added. It has FN marks too.


It shows only the 16 gauges having the "X" prefix from late 1947 (X0001) to 1953 (X99999).

Blue Book says Browning resumed importation from FN in 1946.
1946-1951 mfg. has safety in front of triggerguard.
1951-1976 mfg. has crossbolt safety behind trigger
Post-war 16ga. imports are chambered for 2-3/4" shells
Link Posted: 8/8/2007 11:31:31 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/8/2007 11:32:40 AM EDT by M4-TUNA]

Originally Posted By flatfender:

Originally Posted By M4-TUNA:

Originally Posted By flatfender:
Made in 1948. Serial numbers - X13667 - X23501

From Fjestad's Blue Book of Gun Values
That sounds too young for this gun. It is stamped St. Louis it has the older saftey up front of the trigger. Added. It has FN marks too.


It shows only the 16 gauges having the "X" prefix from late 1947 (X0001) to 1953 (X99999).

Blue Book says Browning resumed importation from FN in 1946.
1946-1951 mfg. has safety in front of triggerguard.
1951-1976 mfg. has crossbolt safety behind trigger
Post-war 16ga. imports are chambered for 2-3/4" shells
Thanks for the info. It is chambered in 2 3/4"
Link Posted: 8/13/2007 9:33:54 AM EDT

Originally Posted By flatfender:

Originally Posted By M4-TUNA:

Originally Posted By flatfender:
Made in 1948. Serial numbers - X13667 - X23501

From Fjestad's Blue Book of Gun Values
That sounds too young for this gun. It is stamped St. Louis it has the older saftey up front of the trigger. Added. It has FN marks too.


It shows only the 16 gauges having the "X" prefix from late 1947 (X0001) to 1953 (X99999).

Blue Book says Browning resumed importation from FN in 1946.
1946-1951 mfg. has safety in front of triggerguard.
1951-1976 mfg. has crossbolt safety behind trigger
Post-war 16ga. imports are chambered for 2-3/4" shells
I sent FN a E-mail about it last month they final send me a reply today. U are correct on the date. Thank U again Flatfender. Tuna
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 7:04:15 AM EDT

Originally Posted By flatfender:
Glad to be of help!

ETA: I have my Dad's 1957 "Sweet Sixteen". They are really nice guns. Dad's still alive but he gave me the few guns that he had when he decided I would use them more than he would. Thanks Dad!

It goes pheasant hunting every year with my son and me, but he has been eyeballing it more and more the last couple of years and takes it when he can talk me out of it, and makes me shoot his Remmy 1100. Can't blame him one bit I guess. We give Dad a couple of pheasants each year that got shot with the Sixteen.
I have been told these models are the first sweet sixteens just not marked. Something to do with the holes in the barrel collar. Saw that over in Shotgunworld web site. I cant wait to kill some doves with it.
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