Dating a browning auto 5

For now I can tell you, sticking to doubles only, that:1.Stevens used plain numbers from their first double in 1878 until 1913.2.I have just bought a Stevens Model 311 double for my collection.Other Stevens-made doubles I own have ‘plain’ serial numbers, none over five digits, on the frame, barrels and fore end.Letter prefixes crept in on the serial numbers used on both hammer and hammerless doubles from 1913 to 1939.They always signified a change in mechanical design or manufacturing process which resulted in an interesting variant.3.This one has a capital letter C prefix ahead of a six digit number and it appears only on the left side of the frame.

From October 1968 to March 1988 Savage/Stevens/Fox B doubles are serial numbered in a completely new serial number range beginning at A000001.mauserboy, Maybe I missed something, but Hunter401 said he couldn't get the barrel release lock to function; not that he had any functioning problem with the rifle.Maybe you don't know that any Belgian-made Browning product carries heavy premium over the Japanes made same examples, but they do.The six digit (always) numbers, stamped only on the left side of the frame, not on the barrels or fore end or on the wood, are preceded by capital letters from A to E. The letter prefix accompanied the Savage/Stevens/Fox B/Springfield serial number on every gun they made from 1968 on.Beginning about 1978 numbers 1 to 20 were also stamped on the three major components, frame,barrels and fore end iron, to enable the factory to keep 20 guns of like model together in a group for packing in the standard 20 gun shipping carton.

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