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Old March 29th, 2012, 08:30 AM   #1
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Browning reintroduces the A5!

I just found this on another board. My love for the A5 was rekindled this week when I got my friction ring/recoil spring rebuild kit. I was browsing other boards looking for A5 info and ran across this:

http://www.browning.com/library/info...ail.asp?id=372

THE NEW A5 . . . THE HUMP IS BACK.

You may notice a family resemblance, but let’s get one thing straight, this ain’t your Grandpa’s Auto-5. In fact, the iconic humpback-shaped receiver is the only thing this new Browning autoloader shares with its legendary namesake. The all new Browning A5 is built to be the most reliable, fastest cycling, best performing and softest shooting recoil-operated (yes, recoil-operated) autoloader on the planet. And we are so confident in the A5, we are standing behind it with a 100,000 round or five year guarantee that this shotgun will work, come hell or high water. Standing firmly behind this claim is the ultra-reliable, honed to perfection Kinematic Drive System.

Other innovations, like the new Invector-DS choke tube system and Inflex II recoil pad are sure to place the A5 right at the top of the industry. With the recoil-operated A5 and our gas-operated Maxus autoloaders, we are poised to dominate every aspect of the autoloading shotgun market. These two guns compliment one another in the same way lightning goes with thunder, and the way Browning goes with number one.

EXPECTED DELIVERY: SUMMER OF 2012. SPECIFIC DATES WILL BE POSTED ON BROWNING.COM WHEN AVAILABLE.

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Old March 29th, 2012, 08:42 AM   #2
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They make it sound so Tactical National Match™. Sorry...

Does seem pretty cool though...

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Old March 29th, 2012, 09:20 AM   #3
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A benelli with a facelift, and not for the better, IMO. "Kinematic" drive is "Inertia system" in code. They should have maintained the long-recoil action that made the A5 a legend. This is just clever marketing, IMO.

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Old March 29th, 2012, 09:35 AM   #4
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I was just thinking the same thing, very similar to my M4 Benelli.

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Old March 29th, 2012, 10:18 AM   #5
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'cept your M4 is gas-operated. The new A5 is recoil-driven (inertia) like the M1 and M2. All they did was move the action spring from the buttstock to the forend, from what I can tell.

I'm sure the new A5 will be a fine, functional shotgun (like any benelli). I just don't get the point of bringing back a hallowed name and then completely bastardizing an existing design, and giving none of the cache and function of the original.

But I guess one could argue that the new A5 is sorta like the new Camaro or the new Dodge Challenger. Similar in looks only, and ostensibly better-performing.

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'cept your M4 is gas-operated. The new A5 is recoil-driven (inertia) like the M1 and M2. All they did was move the action spring from the buttstock to the forend, from what I can tell.

I'm sure the new A5 will be a fine, functional shotgun (like any benelli). I just don't get the point of bringing back a hallowed name and then completely bastardizing an existing design, and giving none of the cache and function of the original.

But I guess one could argue that the new A5 is sorta like the new Camaro or the new Dodge Challenger. Similar in looks only, and ostensibly better-performing.
Yes, very true. The first thing I noticed was the lack of the old recoil spring/friction collar setup.

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I think the worst part is now having to distinguish between the old A5 and the new A5. Gunbroker searches, issue threads...

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It'll probably be pretty easy. It doesn't have the normal switches on the receiver.

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It'll probably be pretty easy. It doesn't have the normal switches on the receiver.
I meant more for communication purposes. Like searching for the weapon or parts, trying to describe issues on a forum, I feel like the old A5 stuff would get mixed in with the new A5 stuff pretty easily, and would be annoying to sort out. Uneducated gunstore customers saying "I want an A5" or "I need this part for my A5", etc.

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I want the hunter, just because Browning is known for their beautiful high gloss wood. I just refinished my M1A stock in a similar fashion. Pics to come.

And I love my Benelli M4.

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Nice retro look. However, I think I'll just keep shooting my old A5 for now.

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Nice retro look. However, I think I'll just keep shooting my old A5 for now.

How are you gonna reproduce a belgian made A5???? A sweet 16?? Not happening.

I love the design of the A5...my FIL has one and it is mint looking, never touches it. Beautiful.

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if my FN A5 with 5 digit serial number ever wears out, I might check this out...

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My dad has an old A5....with a muzzle break. He pointed out before he understood the recoil driven--though I never saw it cycle poorly. The thing weighed a bazillion pounds can could knock you on your back. Or at least me.

Modern autoloaders are a dream. The technology has gotten so good. And as a good American I'm glad there's more competition for the Benellis and Remingtons and such. It just drives down costs and makes everyone better. Maybe you'll be able to buy a top notch semi for less than $1000+++.

But I doubt it.

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Old March 29th, 2012, 04:38 PM   #15
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Its easy to tell the difference. The real John Browning designed Auto 5 has screws in the receiver with locking screws that hold them in. Two screws, side by side, the larger one has a notch in the head that the smaller one fits into that locks the larger screw into the receiver without it being torqued into place. No distortion on the receiver, the internal parts are held in place but can move around/on the shaft of the larger/longer screw.

My Auto 5 has the safety in front of the trigger (in the trigger guard) and works very similar to our M1 Garands and M1A's. My Auto 5's large action screws have the last four digits of the serial number stamped into the head of the screw. The stock screws and some others have the serial number stamped into the shaft of the screw between the head and the threads. My Auto 5 has the serial number stamped into the wood of the stock and the forend. My Auto 5 is a John Browning design that is still working more than almost 80 years after it was made. No 5 year warranty needed.

That man knew what he was doing.

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