Is there any way to determine exactly what store based on the serial number?
This date code was usually stamped on the left side of the barrel just in front of the receiver. Frankm there is a two letter code for month and year on 22's from 60-68 I do not know if it was on any other years, scroll down at the link below and you will find the list.
The first letter of the date code is as follows: A = Jan. There is a much more complete information on dating a Marlin here at in the reference section. t=495G Wi; You apparently have a new Marlin Model 1895 that was manufactured in 1973.
Prior to 1948 no sweet 16 was factory engraved Sweet Sixteen.
Glen Jensen, Browning Historian takes the position that the true Sweet Sixteen was born when the receiver was engraved Sweet Sixteen in 1948.
Barrel Rib four possibilities in 1937: none, solid (hollow) rib, ventilated rib with X posts or matted finish for Sweet Sixteen (SV page 9 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 118200 1939: 118201 126123 1940: 126124 126175 ****1940 1953**** "A" Prefix American made Browning by Remington Arms. No serial number distinction between the Sweet 16 and the Standard 16 gauge A5.
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.
Getting one of these extremely rare original factory issued guns at a standard gun price is a trophy in itself.
1947 1953 X Prefix Series 1947: X1001 - X13666 1948: X13667 - X23501 1949: X23502 X34600 1950: X34601 X43700 1951: X43701 X59400 1952: X59401 - X77700 1953: X77701 X99999 1948 Introduction of the Sweet Sixteen in script engraved on the receiver.
This is the first year of standard production of the 2 inch chambered 16 gauge.