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BSS Side-By-Side Shotgun

The production of the BSS side-by-side shotgun began in 1971 (12ga) and 1972 (20ga). The Sidelock model was introduced in 1983. Production ceased in 1987.

To find your serial number, you will need to refer to your owner's manual. We have most owner's manuals online. You can go to those by clicking here.

Date Historic Information Serial Number Info
1978-1987 In 1975 Browning re-standardized its serial number identification. Browning ceased production on the BSS in 1987.
1. Serial Number
beginning with 01001
at the start of each year.
2. Date of Manufacture
is a two digit code
Z=1
Y=2
X=3
W=4
V=5
T=6
R=7
P=8
N=9
M=0
3. BSS Type 158=12 ga.Mag. 3"
168=20ga. Mag. 3"


Serial
Number Example:

01001RP158

This would be an BSS 12 ga. Mag. 3",manufactured in 1978 with the serial number 01001.


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