This is the first year of standard production of the 2 ¾ inch chambered 16 gauge.
1953 – 1954 A - Series "A" in front of or above the serial number.
These guns were a transitional series between the X and the below R/S marked guns.
Browning’s bust between “TRADE” and “MARK”96144 – 995001935 99501 - 1035001936 The "Sweet Sixteen" was released but limited to a test market.103501 – 105850*1937* Introduction of the “Sweet Sixteen” sale to the public.
Barrel Rib four possibilities in 1937: none, solid (hollow) rib, ventilated rib with X posts or matted finish for Sweet Sixteen (SV page 98) Barrel Ring as before or drilled with three holes on the barrels of Sweet Sixteen Safety Gold plated (Sweet Sixteen only) Trigger Gold plated (Sweet Sixteen only) Misc. No serial number distinction between the Sweet 16 and the Standard 16 gauge A5s.105850 – 111000 1938: 111001 – 1182001939: 118201 – 1261231940: 126124 – 126175****1940 – 1953**** "A" Prefix serial number on the side of the receiver, American made Browning by “Remington Arms.” 1944-1948 Post war Liberation guns, Serial number 128117-128646 "are so out of sequence there is no way to establish accurate production dates" S/V p76[b] 1944: 126201 1948: 1317381947 Post war Belgium made “X Prefix Series.” No serial number distinction between the Sweet 16 and the Standard 16 gauge A5.
Some have shown up with the entire year stamped instead of the two digit year code.
***1966 - 1977 ***17595 - 260221964 was the last year of the “R” (4R) Standard Weight A5 16ga.1968 – 1976 The two digit year precedes the S.
This is the “unmarked” Browning, era of the Sweet Sixteen.
These are among the rarest of the A5 Sweet Sixteen but are priced as standard 16 gauge A5s in value guides.
My husband inherited it from his grandfather and we are trying to find out more about it (not to sell it, for personal knowledge). Dating these old guns are at best an educated guess.