If you do not have the original owner's manual, you can find the owner's manual online at the Browning website.Identify pre-WWII Sweet 16s: As stated in the introduction, pre-WWII Sweet 16's did not have engraved serial numbers. Guns engraved with the "Serial Number" of 1 to 228,000 were made from 1903 through 1939.Look at the serial number of your Sweet 16 to identify the year it was manufactured from 1969 through 1976.The guns made during this time period were again stamped with a "G," a serial number starting at 1,000, and also bearing the last two digits of the year it was made.Now that you've verified that you have a Sweet 16, rather than a standard 16-gauge shotgun, follow the rest of the steps to find when it was manufactured. Engraved on the bottom of the receiver will be the serial number.If the gun is very old and engravings hard to read, locate your owner's manual to find your Browning serial number.And Sweet 16 guns made in 1957 will have the letter "G," followed by a number from 23,0001 to 85,000.
Identify the year your Sweet 16 was manufactured if made from 1976 through 1992 (when production of the Sweet 16 ended).Guns made in 1948 will have a serial number between 249,001 and 270,000.And Sweet 16s made in 1949 will have a serial number between 270,001 and 285,000.The serial number will begin with 01001, followed by two letters, and end in 221.If your gun does not end in 221, it is not a Sweet 16 shotgun.
Identify Sweet 16 shotguns that were manufactured in the early 1950s: Sweet 16s made in 1950 will have serial number between 285,001 and 315,000.