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I have an old browning 16g safety infront of trigger guard,

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I have an old browning 16g safety infront of trigger guard, have hear it referred to it as a bird hunter. What is the gun and what is the value in good condition?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Firearms
Expert:  TOM replied 5 years ago.


Is it a semi-auto and what is the serial number?


Customer: replied 5 years ago.
yes it is a semi-auto the serial is 124106
Expert:  TOM replied 5 years ago.


Your gun is a Browning Auto-5 that was manufactured in 1932. It is a recoil operated semi-auto shotgun that was designed by XXXXX XXXXXing. Early guns were made in 12 and 16 gauge with barrel lengths from 26" to 32". It has a blued finish with a walnut stock and forearm. There are 4 grades that differ in the quality of the wood and the amount of engraving. The barrel can be plain or have a vent rib or matte rib (solid) The grade of your gun will determine the value. The values for a Grade I with a plain barrel are: excellent-$500, very good-$400, good-$300, fair-$250, poor-$150.

For a matte rib barrel Grade I the values are:

excellent-$750, very good-$600, good-$400, fair-$300, poor-$175

For a Grade I with a vent rib barrel the values are:

Excellent-$825, very good-$650, good-$475, fair-$375, poor-$200.

Deduct 10% for the front safety on Grade I and II guns

Examples of the 4 grades follow.

Grade I Grade II

Browning (FN) - FN BelgXXXXX XXXXXing Auto-5 Grade II  2 barrel set - Picture 3

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I hope this helps you,


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