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Browning auto 5 serial

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    Hi
    I have a browning a5 . But i cannot figure out where is made and date of date of manufacture, and both side of reciver is same i mean pattern . Please if you have any idea and info tell me . Tnx
     

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    It not mach with any of that serials
     
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    It's a post-war production, because of the cross-bolt safety on the trigger housing. If it has a split lifter (speed feed function), then it's post '56/'57. If it has a solid lifter, then it's early post-war. I can't tell if it's an FN or a Browning.

    Pictures of the text stamped on the barrel would be helpful. Pictures of the inside of the receiver, from the magazine lifter back to the trigger guard, would be helpful.
     
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    The “N” prefix means it’s a World Market gun, not a Browning import, so Browning Arms serial numbers don’t apply. Features of this gun put it in the 1960’s at the earliest. Maybe I can find the serial number in S/V. Please stand by.
     
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    I did not know that - very good. My FN was marked on the barrel, so I never much paid attention to the serial number markings. I don’t know that I would decide it to be a 1960s gun until it’s verified that it has the speedfeed feature - what tells you differently?
     
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    The cross bolt safety was given a flat-top in 1960.
     
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    OK, I looked in The Book. Looks like 1976. Also, World Market guns had no engraving unless a higher grade was ordered. This gun has FN Type 1 engraving, the same as Browning Grade II which was discontinued when they put a simplified version on the Grade I.

    I have a Grade II from 1931:
    f5KtE1o.jpg
     
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    Where was it made? 1976 was the first year of production in Japan, but production continued in Belgium until 1978. It says FN on the receiver, so I’d guess Belgium. But it should say on the barrel somewhere. Also, if Belgium it will have Belgian proof marks.
     
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    More photo :
     

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    Thank you for helping . I did not any proof but that 2 photo i posted . Its wroted :browning armes company *morgan * utah &montreal P.Q.

    Other side :browning auto_5
    Special steel 12 ga sheel 2 .3/4 _30"
    Browning patentes
     
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    “MADE IN BELGIUM” should appear under the Browning Arms Company address if it was made there. Also, I didn’t see any proof marks. So, somewhere on the barrel it should say “MADE IN JAPAN”.
     
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