Many of you may already be familiar with the ironically hilarious “1938 Dating Guide for Single Women,” (it’s been passed around more times than Snooki in Cancun on Spring Break), but for those of you who haven’t seen it, I would like to post it again here, as I feel we can all use a little more levity in our lives, especially on Friday afternoon in the midst of the winter doldrums. ) Now, if only there was a Dating Guide for Single Men. Apparently, the only keys to successful dating in the 1930’s for ladies were don’t talk too much, wear a bra, and don’t pass out in the middle of your date because you’re drunk.
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You can google and find so many dating tips for women and men in various sources. Check out 10 Most Useful Tips For Single Women Since 1938 below.
These tips for single women are from an old magazine.
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.
This is the first year of standard production of the 2 ¾ inch chambered 16 gauge.
It is also the last year of the non-engraved sweet sixteen.
If the serial number records archived at Browning indicate the non-engraved guns are a Sweet Sixteen, Glen Jensen would issue a letter on Browning letterhead with an official seal for a fee authenticating the gun as a “Sweet Sixteen.” Since Glen Jensen's retirement in 2014, the Browning Customer Service department continues to provide research on individual guns and if records exist will issue a letter documenting requested information.
Browning’s bust between “TRADE” and “MARK”96144 – 995001935 99501 - 1035001936 The "Sweet Sixteen" was released but limited to a test market.103501 – 105850*1937* Introduction of the “Sweet Sixteen” sale to the public.
Barrel Rib four possibilities in 1937: none, solid (hollow) rib, ventilated rib with X posts or matted finish for Sweet Sixteen (SV page 98) Barrel Ring as before or drilled with three holes on the barrels of Sweet Sixteen Safety Gold plated (Sweet Sixteen only) Trigger Gold plated (Sweet Sixteen only) Misc. No serial number distinction between the Sweet 16 and the Standard 16 gauge A5s.105850 – 111000 1938: 111001 – 1182001939: 118201 – 1261231940: 126124 – 126175****1940 – 1953**** "A" Prefix serial number on the side of the receiver, American made Browning by “Remington Arms.” 1944-1948 Post war Liberation guns, Serial number 128117-128646 "are so out of sequence there is no way to establish accurate production dates" S/V p76[b] 1944: 126201 1948: 1317381947 Post war Belgium made “X Prefix Series.” No serial number distinction between the Sweet 16 and the Standard 16 gauge A5.
68S = 1968, 76S = 19761976 Japanese Production Began, however, FN still produced Browning “Made in Belgium” shotguns into 1984, SV p65.
The serial number coding system changed to the serial number preceding the date code.