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Help with Browning Auto-5 serial number.

Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by Jericho 941, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. Jericho 941

    Jericho 941 New Member

    Jul 5, 2011
    I have a pair of 20 gauge Browning Auto-5s that I inherited a while back, and I wanted to get some information on them. I have looked at their website and read the guide but I cannot seem to figure it out.

    I have one with a rib that has 71z on the top line and one without a rib that has 7z on the top line.

    They both say made in Belgium and have gold triggers. If anyone shows some interest or needs anymore info I will post pictures. I think they are around 20 years old and are in perfect condition.

    I do not believe either one has even been fired. They must be collector's items by now.
  2. waidmann

    waidmann Active Member

    Jan 25, 2009
    A-5 Letters

    According to my book, for 1976 and earlier a "Z" does not fit. 1954-1958: H=standard, L=lightweight. 1958-1976: M=standard, G=lightweight, V=3 in. That should cover Belgian Mfg.

    Maybe someone else can help?
  3. rbernie
    • Contributing Member

    rbernie Senior Elder

    Jan 21, 2004
    Norra Texas
    A 'Z' might appear in the serial number for a Japanese post-'76 gun but not a Belgian gun. It may be that the receivers are Japanese and have been fitted with Belgian barrels.

    Can you post pics of the SN's and barrel markings?

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