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Old December 30, 2008, 12:54 PM   #1
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Browning Sweet Sixteen date of manufacture....???

Just bought the above mentioned smoke pole and was wondering when it was made. I don't want to post the entire serial # on here if I don't have to. How can one tell what year it was made and by how many serial numbers?

Also, first time poster. Been a lurker for a while. Thanks to many for all the info you give.

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Old December 30, 2008, 01:12 PM   #2
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A black powder sweet 16? Generally a smoke pole is a black powder gun or rifle.
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Old December 30, 2008, 01:32 PM   #3
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The entire serial number contains the manufactured date code, excepting the last 3 or 4 digits.

If you choose to post it, you can be helped here - you can substitute "xxx" for the unneeded digits.

If you choose not to, then get a refeence book that will lead you to the info, like The Blue Book of Gun Values, which has a serial number reference section in the back for Browning shotguns (among others), or a specialty Browning book.

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Old December 30, 2008, 03:50 PM   #4
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sorry about the smoke pole dad called all his long guns "smoke poles".

The serial number is 1S 661xx

Thanks for any help.
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Old December 30, 2008, 07:31 PM   #5
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1S = 1961 according to the list in the Blue Book.

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