The date of manufacture of a Browning A-5--sometimes known as the "Auto-5"--can be determined by means of the serial number of the unit. It only takes a few minutes to locate the number and learn when the weapon was manufactured.
Determine the Date of Manufacture of a Browning A-5
Locate the serial number of the weapon and write it down exactly as it is engraved. The serial number is normally on the shotgun's barrel or breach.
Logon to the Internet and locate the home page of Browning firearms. On their web site the company provides precise charts showing date of manufacture of all of its models according to serial number. Verify the information regarding the A-5. Please note that few A5 serial number records remain on units manufactured from 1903-1939. Manufacturing of this model ceased in the year 2000.
Print the pages containing the serial number and corresponding date you are seeking and file for future reference. Having this documentation at hand is helpful for appraisals and insurance purposes. it is valuable information if you are considering purchasing or selling an A-5.