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Old August 11, 2012, 04:07 PM   #1
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fabrique nationale d'armes de guerre herstal belgique shotgun

My father recently passed away and I inherited his fabrique nationale d'armes de guerre herstal belgique Browning Automatic 16 gauge shotgun. The serial number says FN 49348. He thought his brother bought it in 1932. I can remember him saying is didn't work and couldn't be repaired although it looks in excellent condition. Can someone one tell me a little more about this gun and where I would start to see about getting it in operational condition again. I live in San Antonio, TX

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Old August 11, 2012, 06:29 PM   #2
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One of the classic designs and well made. I doubt it's not fixable.

Any decent smith should be able to go over it and find out what's wrong.

NIB, someplace between $400 and $800, depending on condition, gauge, version, choke, and how good the wood looks.

HTH....
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Old August 11, 2012, 06:35 PM   #3
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fix it. it is special and worth it
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Old August 11, 2012, 06:41 PM   #4
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Depending on what is wrong, it could be a very simple fix. Have a GUNSMITH look at it - not some big box store parts replacer - you'll be glad you did
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Old August 11, 2012, 06:42 PM   #5
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good point

yes definitely bring it to a gunsmith. do it once and correctly the first time. it deserves the time or for the right person to inspect it
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Old August 11, 2012, 08:05 PM   #6
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Thanks for the information. Not being a gun owner, how do I go about finding a good reputable gunsmith?
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Old August 11, 2012, 10:08 PM   #7
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Please accept our condolences on the passing of your Dad.

FWIW, since you've inherited a gun, now you ARE a gun owner. .

Google: "gunsmith locator".

Also, IIRC there's gunsmith referrals listed at both www.brownells.com and www.midwayUSA.com

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Old August 12, 2012, 01:24 AM   #8
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Living in San Antonio, TX, there must be plenty of gunsmiths in your area. One would be:

Hillco Gunsmith
Jim Grier
Boerne, TX
830-431-1880
hillcogunsmith@yahoo.com

I would also be leary of a local gun store that may be more interested in selling you another gun than fixing your own.
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Old August 12, 2012, 07:25 AM   #9
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The two Browning gunsmiths that come to mind are Midwest Gun Works and Art's Gun shop. They both have web sites and work on the Borwning A-5 shotguns. They are both known nation wide for great work.
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Old August 12, 2012, 09:49 AM   #10
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Thanks for all the great information. I will start working the phone lines Monday. Looking forward to getting it working and passing it on to my son.
Again thanks again for all the helpful responces

Mike
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Old August 12, 2012, 10:00 AM   #11
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Just checked out Art's Gun Shop website. They have an introduction video and the first gun they talk about is the very same one I have inherited. How's that for a coincidence.
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