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Can anyone tell me when this shotgun was manufactured and any other information about it. In 1969 Browning started using two digits for the date of manufacture which was followed by a four digit code that identified the type of Auto-5: M=standard weight G=light weight This was then followed by the serial number beginning with 1000.Example: 69G1000 = A 1969 Auto-5 Lightweight 12 ga.. Yours should be a 1971 vintage, serial number 5xxx1.Browning Auto 5 Classic and Auto 5 Gold Classic, 12ga, 28", both new, both SN 265. It is in very good used condition and have beautiful wood and blue. When a chambered shell is fired, the barrel and bolt recoil together ... The shotgun is in very good overall condition with some very minor blue wear. Click for more info This is a Browning A5 12 with a 26 inch improved cylinder barrel. Nothing shows what a "Z" code should be, M being a "standard" and G being a "light".They reference those to 12-gauge, I wonder if Z would be a code for one of the 20-gauge versions, or some manner of "limited edition" model. For .95 (Shipping included), our Browning Historian will research your firearm and type a historical letter.
The bluing is GONE, I think about re-bluing her sometimes, I don't care about "collectable value".
The Browning Automatic 5, most often Auto-5 or simply A-5, is a recoil-operated semi-automatic shotgun designed by Joh ...