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What is special about an Acier Special Browning Auto-5 Light Twelve?


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Answered 2007-05-28 12:35:05

Simply means 'special steel' in French.

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Please re-ask the question and provide the model and guage or type of gun. "Acier Special" means special steel and is stamped on many different models.


Acier special means Special steel, and barrels marked this way are only on FN sales guns, not Browning. FN produced the guns for sale outside the US and were not imported to be sold by the Browning Co. The FN version is mechanically the same as the Browning version, but markings and finish may be different.


Basically impossible to value with no other information.


You need to give more information. I assume it is a shotgun, but "Acier Special" just means it was made with "special steel" and we would need at least a model number to start looking for the manufacture date.


The 5G prefix to the serial number indicates that your browning was made by FN of Belguim for browning in 1965.



This was a light made gun but very desirable to any collector. This weapon was manufactured in 1969 by Browning.


Try the Gun Parts Corp Hurley NY http://www.e-gunparts.com/


Basically impossible to value with just the serial number.


With the serial number that you provided,your Browning 16 gauge shotgun was produced in the year 1949,by FN of Belguim for Browning.


The term "acier special" is found on many Auto-5 shotguns. It is French for "special steel". The stamp "acier special" found on barrels are for Fabrique Nationale guns, and NOT Browning Arms Co. guns. Fabrique Nationale (FN) was the manufacturer of all Belgian Browning guns. Browning was simply an importer and bought guns with their name on them to sell in the United States. FN was licensed to make and sell some of these models World Wide outside the US. If it says "acier" on the barrel then, you probably have an FN gun. It's possible to have one of these barrels fitted on a genuine Browning gun, but then the receiver would identify the mix & match. FN Auto 5's as a custom, used the term Browning patent on many of their guns along with acier special. These guns never were sold in the US, but somehow made it to the states from overseas. Many guns were brought by returning US servicemen from WWII and so on.



Acier special means Special steel, and barrels marked this way are only on FN sales guns, not Browning Arms Co. FN produced the guns for sale outside the US and were not imported to be sold by the Browning Co. Providing this is the complete serial number without a letter above or preceding the number, then this gun was made in 1907. It is an FN Auto-5, not a Browning Arms Company A5. The FN version is mechanically the same as the Browning version, but markings and finish may be different.


That marking just means "Special Steel". You need to find a model name or number to determine what it might be worth.


I am trying to find out the value of my Browning Acier Special C 12 guage Shotgun KG 8663 Serial number 307368


Go to Browning.com, select customer service, select date your firearm.


You can find information right here on WikiAnswers. You have a gun that was made by Fabrique Nationale (FN) in Herstal Belgium. FN made the Belgian Browning guns that Browning imported and sold under their own name. Most of these guns were also made and sold by FN to other World Markets; Technically, these guns are not Brownings, but FN guns. Most of the early brownings & FN guns have all these marking on their guns, with the exception of "Acier Special" which means Special Steel. Acier Special was only stamped on the FN guns, and never the Browning Arms Co. Guns. Provide the model, guage, serial number, and your question. Please give us a try to answer it for you. Thank you


Haven't seen that marking. Choke markings on Browning shotguns are coded by a series of asterisks and dashes. They also had a marking called 'ACIER SPECIAL' which simply means special steel, indicating the gun was suitable for smokeless powder.



If this is the complete serial number on the gun, it was made in 1923. Often serial numbers are misread. Check to see if it has a letter above or preceding the 27071. If it does, please restate and ask the question again. If 27071 is the complete serial number, it was made in 1923. Now the question: Is it a Browning Arms Co Gun, or an FN gun? If an FN gun, it will say "acier special" on the Barrrel. Acier special means Special steel, and barrels marked this way are only on FN sales guns, not Browning. If the barrel is acier special, then FN produced the gun for sale outside the US and was not imported to be sold by the Browning Co. If this is one of the first Browning Arms Co guns, it should say "Browning Arms Co Ogden Utah on the barrel. This gun would be one of the shotguns that was first sold to the Browning Arms Co in 1923. Importation was very limited to Browning from FN until serial 22538 16ga was shipped to Browning in July of 1923. The highest serial number shipped in 1923 was 28400. If this is what you have, then this shotgun certainly has a place in history as one of the first Browning 16ga Auto 5's that came to America.


You may contact Browning directly at there customer service dept.and they will provide you with the info that you seek.


This gun was made in 1949. This is not a Browning Arms Company gun. Acier special means Special steel, and barrels marked this way are only on FN sales guns, not Browning. FN produced the guns for sale outside the US and were not imported to be sold by the Browning Co. The FN version is mechanically the same as the Browning version, but markings and finish may be different. Value is too difficult to be accurate without seeing the gun. Condition which includes the amount of original finish and original configuration will determine value. Auto 5's with poly-chokes, compensators and recoil pads (other than Mag 12's) will reduce value. Recommend taking it to a gun shop for appraisal.


This goes back to the beginning of the auto 5 production in 1903. John Cockerill was a British Industrialist whose company supplied high quality steel to Fabrique Nationale (FN) which was the maker of the A-5. The Cockerill name was first used on Browning barrels stamped "cockerill steel". The steel was a very strong quality that met the proofing requirements of guns that were shooting smokeless powder. Eventually the Cockerill name was dropped from the barrels and "special steel" was used instead. The FN guns that were not sold to Browning in the US, uses the barrel stamp of "acier special" which means special steel in the French language.


Acier special means Special steel, and barrels marked this way are only on FN sales guns, not Browning. FN produced the guns for sale outside the US and were not imported to be sold by the Browning Co. If this is the complete serial number and no other letter or code as part of the serial number, then this gun was made in 1920. It is an FN Auto-5, not a Browning Arms Company A5. Value is too difficult to be accurate without seeing the gun. Condition which includes the amount of original finish and original configuration will determine value. Auto 5's with recoil pads (other than Mag 12's) poly-chokes and compensators will reduce value. Recommend taking it to a gun shop for appraisal, but keep in mind that few appraisers know the information and history of the FN guns.




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