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Old January 19, 2020, 04:29 PM   #1
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Browning (Remington?) A5 date question

I have an old Browning A5 that I’ve been trying to date for a while now. I know it’s old, but unsure how old. The gun itself is a 12 ga 2 3/4” chamber. I need some friction rings, the ones on it are worn out so I don’t like shooting it much, as I don’t want to damage anything.

The serial number is on the side of the receiver, and starts with a B which leads me to believe it’s Remington Made, but the serial number is shorter than what the browning site mentions. Serial Number is B31574. I’ve attached some photos of all the stampings, any help is appreciated.
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Old January 26, 2020, 10:10 AM   #2
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maybe it has everyone else stumped too?
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Old January 27, 2020, 09:41 PM   #3
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This is not information from on high. We would get old Browning's in for repairs. The gunsmith we used explained that post WW2 Browning were basically Remington Model 11's. The reason being FN was too disrupted by the war for one reason or another to get back into the shotgun business quickly. One source stated the 65,000 shotguns were made for Browning during the war. I'm not buying that. For what it's worth there is some information on the net.
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