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Old March 15, 2005, 01:39 PM   #1
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Hello Shotgunners,
I'm looking for anyone that can help me officially identify and value my shotgun.
I have a Browning Auto-5 semi-auto 12GA with both a ribbed barrel and a plain barrel. I have the original oiler, cleaning rod and fitted gun case. It has the FN butt plate. It has "Browning 3 Shot" stamped on the front underside of the forearm. Its serial number is 187XXX.
The FN butt plate and serial number tells me that it was manufactured at Fabrique Nationale de Herstal in 1935. However, it has St. Louis stamped on the side of the receiver. As I have not been able to find another set like it anywhere, I believe it to be relatively rare, but don't know for sure. I am not a gun expert, but based on how I see other old shotguns rated on the internet, I would guess its condition to be between 70% and 80%. It is all original.
I need to determine a value on it for insurance purposes.
Thanks for your help.

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Old March 15, 2005, 01:48 PM   #2
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Edit out the last 3 numbers of you're serial number. Like 123XXX. Putting the complete serial number online is never a good idea. Anyway, from the A-5s that I have seen I would have to estimate the value between $500-$800. Although those didn't have all the accesories that you listed, so it will probably be worth more. Usualy for serious value, a gun needs to be in 95%+ condition. Someone else will probably have a better idea than me as to its value. Just get that serial number edited out.
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Old March 15, 2005, 02:24 PM   #3
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So THATS where my stolen A-5 went! I'll report my serial number immediately.

Just kidding, but it could happen. (I'd copy the thread, delete the number, and file the thread with important papers jic someone tried it, then you could demonstrate how your number got out in the first place and as a defense to stolen weapon charges.)

Stranger things have happened.
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Old March 15, 2005, 03:09 PM   #4
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Thanks guys!!!
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Old March 15, 2005, 04:36 PM   #5
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In 70% condition, about $350 to 400 around here.
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Old March 15, 2005, 09:54 PM   #6
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"So THATS where my stolen A-5 went! I'll report my serial number immediately."
Should be and the gun returned to it's rightfull owner -post haste!!!!!!
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