BROWNING AUTO 5 LIGHT TWENTY NEW IN BOX. MADE IN BELGIUM IN 1968. Now you can date your Browning firearm. The serial number found on your gun has the answer. This area will help you read that serial number. To find your serial number, you will need to refer to your owner's manual. We have most owner's manuals online.
The production of the Citori over/under shotgun began in 1973. It has gone through many configurations in the years and is currently still in production.
To locate where your serial number is located, you will need to refer to your owner's manual. We have most owner's manuals online.
|Date||Historic Information||Serial Number Info|
|1973-75||In 1969 Browning started using two digits for the date of manufacture which was followed by one of the following codes:|
Later the code was changed to J=both gauges
This was then followed by the serial number beginning with 00001.
Example: 00001H37 = A 1973 Citori 12 ga. shotgun with a serial number of 00001.
|1976-1997||In 1975 Browning standardized its serial number identification which it follows to the present day.|
This would be a Citori 12 ga. 3' Gr.1 Hunting, manufactured in 1976 with the serial number 01001.
|1999 - Now||In 1998 Browning redid the standardization of its serial number identifications to work with its new database program, Oracle.|
This would be a Citori Shotgun, manufactured in 1999 with the serial number 01001.
|FN 140DA / Browning BDA 380|
|Place of origin||Italy and Belgium|
|Designer||Pietro Beretta S.p.A.|
|Manufacturer||FN Herstal (FN 140DA)|
Pietro Beretta S.p.A. (Browning BDA 380)
|Mass||680 g (24 oz)|
|Length||173 mm (6.8 in)|
|Barrel length||97 mm (3.8 in)|
|Width||1.38 in (3.5 cm)|
|Height||122 mm (4.8 in)|
|Cartridge||.32 ACP (140DA only)|
.380 ACP (BDA 380 only)
The FN 140DA - also known as Browning BDA 380 - was a semi-automatic weapon produced by both; FN Herstal of Belgium and Beretta of Italy.
The production of the pistol design started in 1976. The new model was to replace the FN 1922/Browning 125 in the company's line-up. The pistol is a derivative of Beretta Model 81 and/or 84, distinguished by closed cylinder head and different safety system.
It was available in .32 ACP and .380 ACP, with .32 ACP variant manufactured by FN Herstal for European markets and Beretta manufactured the .380 ACP variants at own factories by themselves on behalf of the FN Herstal.
However, Beretta did not sell this pistols under its own brand. Instead, the .380 variants by Beretta were sold as Browning BDA 380 by Browning Arms Company for the North American markets. The Beretta/Browning models are distinguished by it's markings, with right side of the slide being marked 'Fabrique National Herstal' with the FN logo followed by 'Made in Italy', and the left side of the slide has markings 'Browning Arms Co. Morgan Utah & Montreal, P.Q.'
It failed commercially, despite some purchases by the Belgian Judicial Police for female officers. The production of the FN 140DA pistol was discontinued in 1987, while Beretta/Browning version was withdrawn in circa 1997.
Browning Shotgun Serial Numbers Belgium
The FN 140DA/Browning BDA 380 is a semi-automatic firearm. The principle of operation is based on the recoil of the free lock. Self-cocking valve trigger mechanism.
The frame is aluminum but the slide is steel. The handgrips are wood. The BDA 380 like the larger versions features a double/single action trigger mechanism. The magazine capacity in .380 ACP is 13 rounds.
Adjustable fuse. Fuse wing on the left side of the lock. After firing the last round, the slide stops in the rear position. The outer latch is located on the upper left side of the grip.
The FN 140DA is fed from a removable, two-row box magazine with a capacity of 13 (7.65 mm) or 12 (9 mm) cartridges, placed in the grip. The magazine release button is located behind the trigger guard.
The 140DA comes with a threaded barrel. Mechanical, fixed sights (front sight and rear sight).
- Belgium: Belgian Judicial Police (for female officers) circa 1980.
Browning Gun Values By Serial Numbers
Belgium Browning Manufacturing Dates
- 1.^ Production of Browning 125 ended in 1980
Browning Gun Values By Serial Number
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- ^ Ian Hogg & Rob Adam, Jane's Guns Recognition Guide, HarperCollins, 1996 ed., 512 p. (ISBN978-0-00-470979-6)