Dating a browning auto 5 who does carbon dating of wood
68S = 1968, 76S = 19761976 Japanese Production Began, however, FN still produced Browning “Made in Belgium” shotguns into 1984, SV p65.The serial number coding system changed to the serial number preceding the date code.1953 – 1954 A - Series "A" in front of or above the serial number.
I owned two Sweet 16's when I was in my late 20's - early 30's, but I don't remember anything about the pressure plug adjustments. I compiled this quick reference serial number guide for dating 16ga Browning A5s and the Auto 5-3 Shot, by serial number. A common mistake I have seen in many, many, gun shops and online sites is to assign the 12ga serial number date to a 16ga.Some have shown up with the entire year stamped instead of the two digit year code.***1966 - 1977 ***17595 - 260221964 was the last year of the “R” (4R) Standard Weight A5 16ga.1968 – 1976 The two digit year precedes the S.