In the fall of 2007, the Belgian company FN Herstal announced that Model 70 production would resume.As of 2012, new Winchester Model 70 rifles were being made by FN Herstal in Columbia, South Carolina. In 1936, Winchester introduced the Model 70 bolt-action rifle to the American market.Pinpointing the exact manufacturing year of early Sweet 16s is a bit difficult.This is because Browning guns made from 1903 through 1939 were simply numbered in numeric order rather than given a serial number to denote the year in which they were made.
On most over and under shotguns this should be situated under the top lever… In the Serial number there are two letters together – This is your date code.The Browning Automatic 5, most often Auto-5 or simply A-5, is a recoil-operated semi-automatic shotgun designed by John Browning.It was the first successful semi-automatic shotgun design, and remained in production until 1998. I compiled this quick reference serial number guide for dating 16ga Browning A5s and the Auto 5-3 Shot, by serial number. A common mistake I have seen in many, many, gun shops and online sites is to assign the 12ga serial number date to a 16ga.