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Info on a Browning Arms Company St Louis MO. 12ga. Automatic

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Info on a Browning Arms Company St Louis MO. 12ga. Automatic Serial number 362540, from around December 1950 ?


According to your serial number, your gun was made in 1952. A Remington made gun would have a B at the start of the serial number for 12 gauge. FN started production again in 1952. would you double check the number?


Customer: replied 6 years ago.
FN on the top of the serial #362540. On barrel- SPECIAL METAL_12 GA. 23/4". On metal butt plate it says FN BROWNING AUTOMATIC


Your gun is a mid production A-5 standard weight. They were manufactured by FN in Belgium between 1952 and 1976. It was offered in 12, 20 and 16 gauge with 26" through 32" barrel lengths.The finish is blued with checkered walnut stocks and a black buttplate that was marked Browning Automatic with FN in a center oval.U.S. production stopped at serial number 346,000. I checked the Browning website, Blue Book and a couple of web sites that I use. I believe Brownings US headquarters was in St Louis and they were imported into St Louis during this time.

Values are: Plain Barrel, excellent-$600, very good-$475, good-$400, fair-$250, poor-$175,

Matte Rib, excellent-$725, very good-$500, good-$400, fair-$275, poor-$200.

Vent Rib, excellent-$800, very good-$600, good-$450, fair-$300, poor-$250

Add 25% for guns with round knob pistol grip and 35% for straight grip stock. Add 20% for 20 gauge guns and 40% for 16 and 20 gauge guns that are new in box.

I hope this helps you,



From 1930 to 1964 Brownings distribution center was in St Louis. In 1964 they moved to Morgan, Utah.


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