View Full Version : Browning Double Auto History.......

March 18, 2009, 01:48 PM
This is an interesting thread started over at shotgunworld.com. I was unaware of this gun and the "rainbow effect."

I thought it was historically interesting.

I thought the Browning guys here would be interested.


March 18, 2009, 06:37 PM
I have not seen one of those guns in years ..... but it is an interesting link.

Thanks for sharing it.

March 19, 2009, 06:04 PM
I have a Belguim Browning A5 16 (not sweet) with serial #97985. Can any one tell me year of manufactouring.

March 19, 2009, 06:25 PM
Some time between 1903 and 1939 is the best guess by Browning. The gun was manufactured at the F.N. factory in Belgium. Most records were lost.

From the Browning Website:

"Beginning with Serial Number 1 to approximately 228,000. Exact production figures are not available. Year of manufacture on Pre-World War II production is strictly a guess."

March 19, 2009, 10:16 PM
Designed by Val Browning, IIRC.

March 21, 2009, 08:43 PM
Bought a brand new one in the winter of 1961. That DoubleAuto (a grey one) has served me well over the intervening years and I consider it to be the finest handling non-double shotgun I've ever used while hunting grouse and woodcock. And I've handled quite a few in my time...:)