No serial number provided
1952 was the first year that FN made Brownings with the cross bolt safety as standard. I have seen a few guns made in 51 with the cross bolt and I have seen at least one 1952 gun with a front trigger safety. Many of the older guns were converted by Browning to switch the front trigger safety to crossbolt. You can tell this if there is a slot in the front of the trigger guard. If the customer paid, he could have a new trigger guard installed along with the conversion, thus it is not possible to date a gun by the safety alone. FN continued the front trigger on their guns that they sold worldwide until the early 60's. These were not Browning Arms Co. guns
Call Browing with the serial number and they can tell you.
This gun should be a 12ga with a front trigger safety made in 1948.
You must clearly describe what "up front safety" means to do.
Needs to be examined by a gunsmith for safety purposes.
Answer If the gun has a cross bolt safety, it means that it was converted by Browning. This gun was made with the safety in the front of the trigger guard. Many times the gun would be converted and the new trigger was blued. If your safety is in the front of the trigger guard, then best explanation would be that it was replaced from repair, or that the gun was refinished. A sweet 16 that came from the factory at FN would be rare not to have a gold trigger. The answer is most likely something else besides a mistake from FN. If it's important to you, contact Browning and see if you can have them plate or replace your trigger.
By this 4 digit number, the gun was made in 1904, but it would be an FN gun. Sure there isn't a Letter above or preceding the number? Cross Bolt safeties were introduced with some guns in 1951, and standard by 1952. Any Front trigger safety could be converted by the Browning service center to a cross bolt safety.
Your shotgun will bring between 350-550 dollars,depending on overall condition and a good bore.
The safety has always been in the trigger guard of the A5. Early guns had a front-to-rear safety in the front of the trigger guard. Yours should have the later style crossbolt safety behind the trigger. Plain barrel Sweet Sixteens in excellent condition will bring $1000. They drop off fast as they get toward 80% condition. In 'VG' condition, $650.
What you have is an A5 16ga made in 1947. The "x" designates the new serial number sequence started in 1946 for all 16 ga guns with a 2 3/4" chamber.
Please help us out. The "SR" does not compute. What guage is it?
This gun was made in 1948. It has the old style front trigger safety.
You have a grade 1 Auto 5 made in 1938. It has the front trigger safety. auto5man
$350-$600 depending on condition. A real minty one in original condition (no pad or poly choke) can get up to $1000+ on a good day.
Between 1931 and 1937. It will have the sliding safety in front of the trigger instead of the button type located behind the trigger. Some of these guns have the manufacturers code on the left side of the barrel near the chamber. There were about 43000 of these guns made on the Browning patent from 1905 to 1947.
Sounds like an after market modification.
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No it is not true. All Sweet 16's had a gold trigger from the first year in 1937 when made available to the public. For starters, do you have a Sweet 16? Not all Browning 16 ga Auto 5's are Sweet 16's. Just as many standard weight 16 ga guns were made in that era as the Sweet version. A 1948 gun may have or may not have the "scripted words "Sweet 16" on the left side of the receiver. If the barrel sn matches the receiver and the barrel band has 3 holes in it, then it's a Sweet 16. Perhaps the reference about standard in 1952 is the fact that the cross bolt safety wasn't standard until 1952. Auto 5's had the front trigger safety until 1952, but there are a few exceptions between 1951 and 1953. FN still produced some Auto 5's with front trigger safeties into the 1960's for markets outside the US and Browning. Browning converted many front trigger safeties to cross bolt safeties at their shop in St. Louis. It's possible that if you have a Sweet 16 made in 48 and your safety is a cross bolt, then that would explain the blued metal trigger.
If that is the complete serial number, it would have been made in 1908. It should have the safety in the front of the trigger guard. These early guns generally are in lesser condition and bring lesser money than guns from the 1950's and later. Around $350 in typical condition.
yes. bottom of grip. front part of trigger guard and on frame in front of trigger guard...........
front trigger fires right barrel. back trigger fires left. boone
This weapon will need to be appraised and compared against known samples.
By the question it is assumed that the gun was new in 1949 and would have been made in 1948 or 1949. To value this gun, it will depend on original condition. Typically these front trigger safety guns sell from $350-$500 on the average. A near mint gun could get to $1000 mark, but a professional appraisal is reccomended.
In front of the trigger and cylinder