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Browning BPS Shotgun History


The production of the BPS Pump shotgun began in 1977. The BPS is still being produced today.

Date Historic Information Serial Number Info
1977-1997 In 1976 Browning standardized its serial number identification which it followed until 1998.
 
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. BPS Type 192=Hunter Mag. 10ga.
T92=Stalker Mag. 10 ga.
102=Hunter Mag. 12 ga. 3 1/2"
T02=Stalker Mag. 12 ga. 3 1/2"
152=Hunter 12 ga.
T52=Stalker 12 ga.
P52=Pigeion Gr. 12 ga.
U52=Upland Special 12 ga.
162=Hunter 20 ga.
Y62=Youth & Ladies 20 ga.
B62=Upland 20 ga.
172=Hunter 28 ga.


 

Serial
Number Example:

01001RR152

This would be a BPS Hunter 12 ga., manufactured in 1977 with the serial number 01001.

1998-Present In 1998 Browning redid the standardization of its serial number identifications to work with its new data base program, Oracle. This is followed to the present day.
 
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. BPS Type 121=Camo, Hunter, Stalker and Game in all gauges
Serial
Number Example:

01001NP121

This would be a BPS shotgun, manufactured in 1998 with the serial number 01001.