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#7096980 - 11/21/12 07:56 AM Help with Value Belgium Browning 16ga A5.
Suprane1 Offline
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Registered: 11/30/11
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Hey folks,
I was needing some input from those of you familiar with A5's.
Ive acquired a Belgium made browning A5 in 16 gauge. Ive determined by the serial number that it was made in 1929. It has two barrels; both are non-ribbed in full and cylinder constrictions, and both are chambered for 2 3/4". It is apparently a standard weight gun not the "sweet 16" model. The gun appears to be in average or better than average shape but it does have its imperfections. Also the stock has been refinished leaving the checkering a bit filled in but in good shape. What might a fair value range be for this fine firearm?
Thanks very much for your input!
JT

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#7097333 - 11/21/12 09:47 AM Re: Help with Value Belgium Browning 16ga A5. [Re: Suprane1]
bgold Offline
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Throw up some pics. Best way to figure...

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#7097404 - 11/21/12 10:13 AM Re: Help with Value Belgium Browning 16ga A5. [Re: bgold]
Suprane1 Offline
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Registered: 11/30/11
Posts: 45
Loc: GA
man I spent a while trying to post some pics and the file size kept being too large even though I exported them to my desktop size small? I don't use any photo hosting web sites or anything like that. Any easy suggestions for getting my pics up?
Thanks,
JT

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#7097443 - 11/21/12 10:27 AM Re: Help with Value Belgium Browning 16ga A5. [Re: Suprane1]
Suprane1 Offline
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Loc: GA
Here is a link with pics on another awesome forum(one that I could load pics on!)
http://forum.gon.com/showthread.php?p=7398607#post7398607

Thanks
JT

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#7097672 - 11/21/12 12:03 PM Re: Help with Value Belgium Browning 16ga A5. [Re: Suprane1]
AsphaltCowboy Offline
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Are both barrels marked as 2 3/4"? If so check the numbers, they won't match the gun.
What you have is a pre-war A5. The position of the safety is a dead giveaway. All pre-war 16's had 2 9/16" chambers.
If the barrel numbers do match, and your gun functions with 2 3/4" cartridges you are either one of the lucky ones or your gun has been altered to fire them.
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#7098234 - 11/21/12 03:25 PM Re: Help with Value Belgium Browning 16ga A5. [Re: AsphaltCowboy]
Suprane1 Offline
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Registered: 11/30/11
Posts: 45
Loc: GA
Yeah I'm thinking the bbls are non originals after getting your input. When I get back in town I'll check the s.n. and see. Could browning modify the original barrels to chamber longer shells or would a person just buy new, longer chambered barrels?
I appreciate all this info!
JT

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#7102800 - 11/22/12 09:51 PM Re: Help with Value Belgium Browning 16ga A5. [Re: Suprane1]
bgold Offline
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Registered: 11/16/06
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Loc: Missouri
The receiver needs to be modified to run 2.75" shells. I'm wondering if that has been done. Original barrel needs to also be modified or 2.75" barrels used.

This thread shows the best way to figure if it's been converted.

linky

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