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Old February 23, 2013, 02:58 PM   #1
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Need help with approximate year of this A5

This Browning 12 gauge was given to my father by my mother in 1957 as a wedding present. She says she bought it new. It has gotten out of the family hands, long story, and I am trying to recover it. If anyone could help me with an approximate year It would help! Sorry about picture quality but it's all I have.
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Old February 23, 2013, 03:02 PM   #2
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Welcome to The Firing Line, Kornkob.

You'll have better luck getting this answered up in The Dave McCracken Memorial Shotgun Forum, so I'm going to move it there for you.
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Old February 23, 2013, 03:07 PM   #3
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Old February 23, 2013, 03:21 PM   #4
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I do not know for sure. The gun shop guy that bought it and sold it says the number was a 5 digit number starting with a 5. No letters. If that is true, with my limited knowledge, that means it is pre WWII. I can't imagine that my mom bought it in 1957 and it was that old already.
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Old February 23, 2013, 04:07 PM   #5
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The Browning Auto 5 was produced by FN Herstal starting in 1902 so it's possible that it could be even older than you think.

I have a Remington Model 11 1947 production (Browning licensed the design to Reminton who produced it as the Model 11 from 1905-1947) that looks like it could have rolled out of the factory yesterday.
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Old February 23, 2013, 04:13 PM   #6
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I don't know much about the A5 in particular, but even if it was ~15-20 years old in 1957, that's not that old. I've been known to hunt with guns older than me, and I'm way older than 20.
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