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Hi guys I've been reading the serial number chart on Browning's website, but am more confused now than ever. Thank in advance, Aaron Aaron H Your looks to be a 1958-67 model (85) as first two digets of the serial. "V" is the product ID code, in your case, 12ga Mag The number following it is the actual serial number of the gun.

What I found underneath the reicever is "6V" and below that is a 6 digit number begining with 85. 12 ga magnum vent rib with the round ball grip on the stock. As far as the ball grip -it was quite common on the European version where as the American version didn't have it! The ball or round knob grip is just the style of the day.

I'll break it down for you Aaron: 6V - 6 meaning 1966, the year your gun was made.

The whole thing goes a little something like this: The first A5s became availble to the US sportsman around 1920 or so.

They were available in 12ga only until 1925 when the 16ga came out. Round about WWII, Remington started making model 11s as Belgium was under German occupation.

Model 11s are worth about half what A5s are (at best) and the parts are not interchangeable.

Back to A5s..about 1953, Browning brought about "product ID codes" that consisted basically of a letter before a #.

Such as G38000, meaning standard (might be light) 12ga and then the #.

Things got a little more streamline in '58 when they went to the #letter# system.

Of course, nobody thought what would happen when they got to 1968 (sort of like the Y2K scare).

So from 1958-67, you will see a # that stands for the last digit of the year (in your case 6 meaning 1966), then a letter that IDs what gauge and model the gun is (G for light 12, V for Mag 12, S for Sweet 16 etc etc) and then the actual serial #. First, the # before the letter became a two digit #, for example 68V 38000, and for the most part, round knobs went away for one reason or another.

This system stayed in use until about 1974 when Browning moved its production to Japan and streamlined the serial system to the one that remains in place today.

Currently (this goes for any browning now made) you can figure out its story by using this little code.

You will see a three digit ID code, followed by two letters and then the serial #.

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