The Sweet 16 is the Browning A5 humpback shotgun. It was nicknamed "Sweet 16" because it handled so beautifully. Many thought it was the ideal shotgun. A friend of the family hunts with one even today. He would have no other shotgun.
Masterwks, You can still find it but it's hard to good deals on it.
12 and 20 come is those 100 round sleeves from most makers,Remington,Federal,Winchester. I haven't been able to find those for the 16.
Nor is the availability of different loads and shot sizes. Most brands just have the basics, 5-6-71/2-8 shot.
The Sweet 16's are great guns - classics. We had one in the family and a Butt-head cousin ended up with it. I got an older Remington 870 Wingmaster 16 w/ polychoke.
Another cousin got a LC Smith double in 16, all from the same grandfather. He loved the 16 gauge - he felt it was the best of all worlds. Some of the shots I saw him make with those were amazing.
I would hang onto that one, they are sought after very hard.
I still have a Browning A5 Light-12 that I hunt with, would love for it to be Sweet 16.
Three for sale at GunBroker right now. One starting at over $1500, another at over $2600 and another at .01 cent but with a reserve price, the other two had no reserve. Nicelooking shotguns bt a bit above my limits.
I'm really suprised the 16 gauge didn't become THE shogun gauge over the 12. You don't lose much in payload, you do lose some in recoil, they handle so well. . .just never really caught on as much as the 12.
That's a great thing to inherit, as the others said, don't get rid of it.
Ammo tends to be more difficult to find and is a bit pricey, that's the only downside.
You guy's are probably going to want to stone me. I bought a Sweet Sixteen in 1971 for $75.00 from a man who bought it and never shot it. I still have it and hunt upland game with it. Some of the gold has worn off the trigger and the pistol grip and forearm show use, but it still shoots and handles like it's name. I use my 12 Gauge Browning A-5 for waterfowl, but that 'sixteen is tops for grouse and pheasant.