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Old 03-02-2014, 09:30 PM
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I have a book entitled Browning Belgium Sporting Firearms, 1903 to 1994 by Max Eastman. He has a table of serial numbers for the trombones.

Fungus 143,1XX was built in 1972.
Camsters 144,xxx was also 1972.
Just 22s 31,xxx was built in 1930.

This book covers all the old Belgian Browning models and I will keep it next to the computer if anyone has any requests.
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Old 03-03-2014, 03:25 AM
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Trombone Age

G'Day Old 39
I have been a long term visitor to this forum but the news that you may be able to date my Trombones has promoted me to register.

I have 2 Trombones myself one of which has the serial # 94376.

I would appreciate it if you were able to tell me the year it was manufactured!

I don't recall the number on the other one at the moment but will supply it when I get home in a few days.

My brother also has 2 of them. One of which was our Fathers only firearm.

I would love to find out their age as well in the near future.

Thank you in advance for any information you can supply.

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Steve
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Old 03-03-2014, 06:17 AM
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Old 39, thanks for the info.
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Trombone 94376 was built in 1959. Is the tang behind the trigger guard rounded or square and is the stock in good condition? Apparently the square tangs lead to stock breakage and, as I have said, I have seen many a trombone with a cracked stock.
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Old 03-03-2014, 05:07 PM
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My trombone is dated 98, 2XX. I'd appreciate a build date as per your text.

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Old 39
Thanks very much for your reply. I've been interested in dating these rifles for years and had no success.
I'm away working at the moment and don't have access to either of my Trombones but from memory both have the rounded tang.
Both stocks are also in good condition with the 1959 model being the pick of them.
The other one, which I will forward the number of to you, has the factory grooved receiver to which I have attached a steel 2X weaver.
Again, thanks for you help.

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Old 03-03-2014, 05:53 PM
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Hello Old 39:
Thank you for the offer to look up our s/n's.
My one and only Browning Trombone has s/n 84909. I would love to find out what the mfg date is, if you would be so kind. The lower tang is rounded.
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I appreciate you sharing this information with the rest of us.

I have the following:

22,4XX

39, 5XX

444,8XX

Have always wanted something to pin down date of manufacture.
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Old 03-03-2014, 08:37 PM
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G'day Again Mate

It seems the pages of your book will be getting a fair bit of wear and tear.
The serial number of one of my brothers Trombones is 84671.
I and he would appreciate it if you could date this one as well when you get a chance.
Thanks again.

Steve
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Old 03-03-2014, 08:46 PM
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Here is a bunch of serial numbers.
982xx 1960
84909 1956
224xx 1927
395xx 1932
84671 1956
448xxx Too High. If the number if 448xx then it would be 1937.

I have a slick trombone from1968 that I bought in 1985 and promptly destroyed the collector's value by installing a Williams 5D receiver sight. But that was okay because the gun was bought for shooting not collecting. It isn't that accurate compared with a CZ or an Anschutz but it is a good can killer and I never shoot it except off hand.
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Here is a bunch of serial numbers.
982xx 1960
84909 1956
224xx 1927
395xx 1932
84671 1956
448xxx Too High. If the number if 448xx then it would be 1937.

I have a slick trombone from1968 that I bought in 1985 and promptly destroyed the collector's value by installing a Williams 5D receiver sight. But that was okay because the gun was bought for shooting not collecting. It isn't that accurate compared with a CZ or an Anschutz but it is a good can killer and I never shoot it except off hand.
Oops.... I should have caught that mistake....

The number is 144,8XX
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My Trombone wears number 36915 stamped on her.

Thanks for the info!
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Old 03-03-2014, 11:18 PM
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36915 1931
1448xx 1972

It's okay, fellas. There are only 150,000 trombones. Keep the serial numbers coming!

I looked at a sticky that lists Browning serial numbers and they have no information on trombones. Any gun not produced or sold widely in the U.S. tends to be a mystery gun.

I once knew an old trapper who had a Browning Trombone and a Winchester 67 single shot. He loved the trombone but conceded that the long barrelled single shot was more accurate for squirrel hunting.
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One more mate if you don't mind.
S/N 61405
This is my Trombone with the grooved receiver.
Thanks Mate
Steve
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Old 03-04-2014, 12:23 AM
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61405 was manufactured in 1938. Seems odd that it has grooves as those apparently didn't appear until the 1950s. Perhaps they were added later.
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