Auto 5 Serial # Help - Shotgun Forums

Shotgun

Auto 5 Serial # Help

This is a discussion on Auto 5 Serial # Help within the Browning Shotgun Forum forums, part of the Shotgun Forums by Model category; I have a Browning Auto 5 Light 12. serial # L4199 The # does not fall within the published numbers for a 1954/55 production run. ...



Go Back   Shotgun Forums > Shotgun Forums by Model > Browning Shotgun Forum

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-09-2021, 12:01 AM   #1
Junior Member
 
Member #17836
Join Date: Jul 2020
Posts: 6
Auto 5 Serial # Help

I have a Browning Auto 5 Light 12. serial # L4199
The # does not fall within the published numbers for a 1954/55 production run.
I am trying to figure out why it has a 4 digit #instead of the published 5 digit #. The barrel and the receiver have the same # stamped on them.... Thanks!

1952
F.N. A-5 Production resumes
1952
346001-387000
1953
387001-438000

1954
H = Standard Wgt.
L = Lightweight
1954 & 55
H39000-H83000
L42000-L83000

1956
M = Standard Wgt.
G = Lightweight

Last edited by Yippykyae; 01-09-2021 at 12:35 AM.
Yippykyae is offline   Reply With Quote
Remove Ads
Old 01-09-2021, 05:41 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
jwsmith1959's Avatar
 
Member #15516
Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: Orchard, TX
Posts: 295
From the Browning website. L1 -L83000 were made in 54/55.

https://www.browning.com/support/dat...c-shotgun.html
jwsmith1959 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2021, 09:45 AM   #3
Junior Member
 
Member #17836
Join Date: Jul 2020
Posts: 6
Thanks, I found those numbers from proofhouse.com. They are either wrong or I mis-read them.

Last edited by Yippykyae; 01-09-2021 at 09:48 AM.
Yippykyae is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Old 01-10-2021, 05:51 PM   #4
Member
 
OU12/20's Avatar
 
Member #17580
Join Date: May 2020
Posts: 79
Originally Posted by Yippykyae View Post
Thanks, I found those numbers from proofhouse.com. They are either wrong or I mis-read them.
Where are the numbers stamped exactly ?
OU12/20 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2021, 02:22 PM   #5
Junior Member
 
Member #17836
Join Date: Jul 2020
Posts: 6
One is on the bottom of the receiver and the other is on part of the barrel. Which you can only see if you take the barrel off. If I remember correctly it is on the ringed part of the barrel. (I don’t know the proper name for that part of the barrel).

Last edited by Yippykyae; 01-19-2021 at 02:26 PM.
Yippykyae is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Today, 06:58 PM   #6
Member
 
OU12/20's Avatar
 
Member #17580
Join Date: May 2020
Posts: 79
Originally Posted by Yippykyae View Post
One is on the bottom of the receiver and the other is on part of the barrel. Which you can only see if you take the barrel off. If I remember correctly it is on the ringed part of the barrel. (I don’t know the proper name for that part of the barrel).
You should have a Letter followed by #5 numbers , earlier models had NO letter and #6 serial numbers .

In 1953 serial #'s 387000-438000 but those are #6 digit , in 1954 ALL L & H models started with either L83000 or H83000

The American Browning will have the serial number on the left side of the receiver and the FN produced A5 will have it on the bottom of the receiver.

This is also factual info :

During the WWII German occupation of the Browning factory in Belgium, Remington agreed to make their similar Model 11 with Browning markings and a few minor changes.

They are referred to as "American Brownings", and all had letter SN prefixes.

The WWII production (1940-47 only) resulted in some 63,000 A-5's in 12, 16 & 20 gauges.

SN Prefix letters & production totals:

12ga = "B" (38,000+)
16ga = "A" (14,000+)
20ga = "C" (11,000+)

FYI : I've personally seen a couple of FN Browning receivers with Remington barrels kind of bastruds !.
OU12/20 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On