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I have a old 16 gauge belgium made browning semi-automatic

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I have a old 16 gauge belgium made browning semi-automatic shotgun that I am trying to date. My father gave it to me in 1968. The only numbers on it is 540 and X39540, can you help me?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Firearms
Expert:  TOM replied 4 years ago.


Your gun was made in 1926. Ealry A-5 shotguns were available in 4 grades with Grade I being a plain gun and a Grade 4 having fancy wood and the most engraving on the receiver. The Blue Book values for your gun are:

Grade 1$725$625$500$375$325$285$250
Solid matte rib$800$725$600$475$375$325$285
With vent. rib$875$775$675$575$465$375$325
Grade 2 (disc.1937)$1,425$1,175$950$825$725$650$575
Solid matte rib$1,650$1,450$1,150$950$760$685$625
With vent. rib$1,850$1,625$1,325$1,050$825$775$675
Grade 3 (disc. 1940)$2,825$2,500$2,200$1,950$1,600$1,375$1,095
Solid matte rib$3,050$2,675$2,350$2,100$1,750$1,500$1,195
With vent. rib$3,375$2,925$2,575$2,300$2,000$1,700$1,350
Grade 4 (disc. 1940)$4,250$3,800$3,400$3,050$2,550$2,050$1,650
Solid matte rib$4,525$4,175$3,750$3,350$2,975$2,350$2,050
Grade 4 w/vent. rib$4,900$4,300$4,100$3,200$2,800$2,300$2,100

Add 20% to 30% for retail prices

Following are pictures of the 4 grades that you can use to determine which you have. javascript:OpenNewWindow('/PhotoDetails.asp?ShowDESC=N&ProductCode=' + escape('14261'), 640, 600)

I hope this helps you,


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