Good evening,My name is ***** ***** I am happy to help. Something is missing from your question above. Can you repeat it?
Understood...thank you for clarifying. Give me a couple of minutes to look this up and I will reply back.
Will do, researching it now.
Could it be L71 instead of L11?
It would have to be an L71
Can you verify that?
Ok, I need you to look at your serial number again and verify what it says. I think you should be seeing an L71, not L11
Are you able to look at the serial number again and double check it?
Is there any chance that it says L71 and you are not seeing it clearly?
That is what I was thinking too, but many folks confuse the L71 with L11...let me keeping checking.
Well, with Browning I have seen some really strange things surrounding serial numbers
I'm still researching, but I've got to believe that your serial number was one of the early 1959/1960 era guns. The L prefix definitely indicates a Safari, and the 1961 guns would have been marked 1Lxxxxx
Do you agree that the 1959/60 time frame is where you were thinking?
Are you still there?
Well, its not one particular source. One of the things that we search through are internet forums where gun owners have posted some of their findings. We then try to piece info together. I'm still searching for a more definitive source.
I agree, and like I said its not surprising. I have seen some wacky things with early to late 1960's FN's and Brownings
I've seen serial numbers reused, or numbers that make absolutely no sense. Sometimes, we just have to give our best, ***** ***** on things we have seen.
Here is a link where someone posted that they think Browning transposed a serial number on a different model - https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/rec.guns/dTMwQy_9CFs
My pleasure. I'll keep looking into this.
I wanted to share this with you - From the Blue Book of Gun Values, they have a list of serial numbers:The Blue Book lists Safari serial numbers for 1959-1961 as N/A (because there is not any solid info on them)
BOLT ACTION RIFLES
(Safari, Medallion, & Olympian Models)
ser. # COde
No prefix (numeral-letter) before Ser. No.
(i.e., only digits)
3-single letter prefix or suffix by Ser. No.
4-single letter prefix or suffix by Ser. No.
5-single letter prefix or suffix by Ser. No.
6-single letter prefix or suffix by Ser. No.
7-single letter prefix or suffix by Ser. No.
8-single letter prefix or suffix by Ser. No.
Single letter (Y, Z, or L) followed by
last 2 digits of year of mfg. Prefix only.