The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Hide > The Dave McCracken Memorial Shotgun Forum

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old September 3, 2009, 07:48 PM   #1
misterE
Senior Member
 
Join Date: March 3, 2009
Location: Benton, Arkansas
Posts: 186
Sweet Sixteen

Hey guys, love the forum. Got a question about a sweet sixteen. Ive been wanting one for years and finally have the funds to get one. Found one in the local classifieds and im planning to go look at it tomorrow. Anyways, my question is - this guy says the gun has "sweet Sixteen" engraved on the buttstock on the side. He says he had a gunsmith look at it and said that some of them did come from the factory like this. Is this true? Ive been around the old brownings for a long time and never seen or heard of this. Figured of all places someone on here would know. Thanks
misterE is offline  
Old September 3, 2009, 08:31 PM   #2
Jack O'Conner
Senior Member
 
Join Date: July 11, 2005
Location: Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Posts: 1,475
I've never heard about that engraving. I suggest contact Browning Factory for accurate historical details.

Jack
__________________
Fire up the grill! Deer hunting IS NOT catch and release.
Jack O'Conner is offline  
Old September 3, 2009, 09:16 PM   #3
FJ4JAKE
Junior Member
 
Join Date: July 16, 2009
Posts: 3
Pm'd you...
On the wood stock?
The one I have has "Sweet Sixteen" engraved in script above the BROWNING on the side of the receiver opposite the bolt.
FJ4JAKE is offline  
Old September 3, 2009, 11:06 PM   #4
Recoiljunkie44
Member
 
Join Date: August 8, 2009
Location: Hudson ks
Posts: 96
sweet sixteen help

The sweet sixteen was introduced to the public in 1937! Its a lightweight version of the A5 Browning, so not all 16 gauge A5 are sweet sixteens! The early ones were made in Belguim from 1937 to 1976! Then the production was again restarted in 1987 - 1992! These second generation sweet 16's are made in Browning japanesse factory! I think i would rather have a first generation but a Browning is a Browning!
__________________
Father Janovich: " Why didn't you call the police"

Walt: " well you know,I prayed for them to come
but no one answered"
Recoiljunkie44 is offline  
Old September 4, 2009, 01:35 AM   #5
zippy13
Senior Member
 
Join Date: August 23, 2008
Location: SoCal
Posts: 6,403
Quote:
Originally Posted by FJ4JAKE
...has "Sweet Sixteen" engraved in script above the BROWNING on the side of the receiver opposite the bolt.
+1
That's the only way I've seen 'em.
zippy13 is offline  
Old September 4, 2009, 02:21 AM   #6
GringoGrande
Senior Member
 
Join Date: July 12, 2009
Location: Sandusky, Ohio
Posts: 131
I have two "Sweet 16's" and neither have it carved into the wood stocks. It is however engraved into the side of the receiver. It sounds like someone had some time on their hands to carve this into the wood.

These are GREAT shotguns. My father, brother and I all have a kind of a love affair with the Browning A5/Remington Model 11/ Savage 720. The Sweet 16 versions are a lightened down verson of the A5 16 gage and in my opinion, the best of all the Browning A5 designs.

I can honestly say out of all the shotguns I own, the Browning Sweet 16 is honestly my favorite for hunting, skeet/trap and sporting clays.

One note of caution: All parts except the Butt Stock, Forearm, friction rings, Bolt and Barrel will interchange between the Browning A5 16 Ga and the Sweet 16. The Bolt and barrel were both lightened up from the standard A5 16. The stocks were made of a less dense wood as well as dimensioned just a tad thinner and smaller. The friction rings and fricting ring spring also have a different temper to them to adjust for the lighter gun weight. The receiver was lightened up via metallurgy and not via dimensions from the standard A5 16.

Even if you can find a beater Sweet 16, they are worth getting and restoring to what ever degree you wish.

The one thing you will usually find broken is the forearm near the receiver side. Past owners fail to seat the barrel well enough when placing mag tub nut back on. This allows a little bit of slop for the forearm to be slapped against the receiver. The cracks are usually this and travel about 1/2 way up the rear of the forearm and can be fixed really well with bedding compound.

All in all, if you can find a shootable Sweet 16, get it, even if the exterior is FUBAR.

Good Luck

PS- There is nothing like going for morning grouse or dove than with a nice Sweet 16 in your hands.
__________________
If you don't stand behind our troops, then how about you standing in front of them. Next time you see a vet or active duty USA Military person, just say thank you, they will know what it is for.
GringoGrande is offline  
Old September 4, 2009, 03:10 AM   #7
impalacustom
Senior Member
 
Join Date: January 26, 2009
Posts: 469
As others said, the engraving on the wood isn't factory. They were roll marked on the receiver with the words "Sweet Sixteen".

I own a Magnum 12, Sweet Sixteen and Magnum Twenty, out of those three, I shoot the 20 exclusively now, as it will do everything and more than the 16 with the same weight.
impalacustom is offline  
Old September 4, 2009, 10:52 AM   #8
billyj571
Member
 
Join Date: November 5, 2008
Location: 30 Miles n of Seattle
Posts: 25
love mine
billyj571 is offline  
Old September 6, 2009, 11:15 AM   #9
Nastrowie!
Member
 
Join Date: August 12, 2009
Location: NH, Live Free or Die!
Posts: 26
Just sold one yesterday, engraved made in belgium and...
Quote:
On the wood stock?
The one I have has "Sweet Sixteen" engraved in script above the BROWNING on the side of the receiver opposite the bolt.
Sounds just like that one. Wish it was going in my safe...Isn't the sweet sixteen a version of the A5?
Nastrowie! is offline  
Old September 6, 2009, 12:10 PM   #10
Golfin Gator
Member
 
Join Date: April 4, 2009
Posts: 68
I've got one; Jake, Zippy and others are correct. Not on the buttstock
Golfin Gator is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

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

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:41 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.07685 seconds with 7 queries