Wow, speaking of Remington Model 11's----which plays right into my "Just Because" guns......
For the last handful of years, I renewed my interest in Browning A5's. I already had a couple of older ones (20'-30's). I ran across another older one, and picked it up, then another .... and now a couple of safes are being held down by A5's inside. (It has certainly helped my gun appropriations with having a daughter work at a gun safe factory!!)
Just like many here, a person can get pretty sharp regarding certain things, such as ARs, gear, etc. In the last decade or so, Browning A5's have tripped my trigger. I have got to the point where I can walk through a gun show and simply look at an A5 and pretty well tell how old it is (and its approximate value). Like other weapon systems/evolutions, small changes in things can date it to a certain degree. I learned early in the game: Remington made a virtual identical copy called the Model 11, as well as Savage (Model 720 I think), A5's were made essentially from 1900 or so until 2000 or so. I am speaking in general numbers. In about 76 or so, Brownings were then made in Miroku Japan.
Collecting any firearm species is an ongoing process. A friend called me the other day and said he just got a smoking deal on an A5 ($250!). He described it to me-a 12 gauge, plain barrel, rear safety, square-gripped, non-engraved Browning. He gave me the serial number to look up the actual date of birth.
That's where things went sideways---- I could not find the number he gave me in any of the websites with serial number listings. The number simply did not exist in Browning records. I had him send me pictures. Sure enough, it says Browning on the side, in typical Browning script, and has the infamous magazine cut-off. Wait a minute, why isn't the serial number underneath in front of the magazine feed opening? It's on the side of the receiver- which instantly tells me from the very early days of learning about Brownings--this is really a Remington Model 11!
So, after a couple of hours of studying- I learned a bunch. All of what I learned is confusing as hell. When WW2 started, the FN plant in Belgium quit making A5's for Browning. Remington was making Model 11's stateside. Remington started making Brownings- marking them as Browning, complete with the magazine cut-off- while they still made Model 11's (which were marked as Remingtons.)! The Browning marked ones were later referred to as an "American Browning".
Therefore: Before WW2 : Browning made Browning A5's. Remington made Remington Model 11's-both marked as such respectively. During the war, Remington made Remington marked Model 11's and Browning marked A5's. After the war, FN opened back up, and started making Belgium marked Browning A5's, Remington went back to making Remington marked Model 11's.
I never knew that. No one here probably cares. (Of all the A5's I have, the ONLY actual Remington Model 11 I have is a parkerized one with a Savage barrel- with a flaming bomb stamped on both the barrel AND the receiver.)