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Old October 21st, 2009, 08:52 AM   #1
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Browning Auto-5

Just posting a thread here to see if there are any proud owners of the legendary Belgian-made Browning A-5's belonging to this forum.

I have a Light 12 and a Sweet Sixteen myself. The latter belonged to my grandfather and was passed down to me. It is one of those guns I deem priceless. I know that all the scratches, dents, and wear on this gun were put there in the hands of my grandfather. It is still a shooter. Even with a bird barrel it will drive tacks with a deer slug.

The 12 I bought simply for hunting. I have two barrels with that gun and its a sweet shooting tack driver as well.

So if there's any other proud owners of this shotgun, thrown down a post!

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Old October 21st, 2009, 02:33 PM   #2
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have two. A 1920's Auto-3 / 16 and a 1970's sweet 16 Auto-5

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Old October 21st, 2009, 03:13 PM   #3
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No A5s yet but I do have a Franchi 48AL, which is based on the browning long recoil action. Aluminum receiver, very light, kicks like a mule. I love it. Great hiking/hunting gun.

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Old October 23rd, 2009, 05:17 AM   #4
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Have an A5 12 gauge Mag, 32 inch barrel. I put a Hastings slug barrel on it for deer. Tack driver. Now I leave my other 2 slug guns sit. My 12 year old got his 2nd deer this year with it. He likes semi autos the best and he loves to shoot my M1A.

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Old October 23rd, 2009, 06:41 AM   #5
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That was a question I had...

Does Hastings make slug barrels for the old Belgian A-5?

I have the smooth bore slug barrel that works fine, but you really can't reach out and touch somebody out beyond 100 yards or so. Not that I get many shots in that range, its just nice to know I could if I needed to!

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Old October 23rd, 2009, 07:42 AM   #6
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I have a sweet 16 that my uncle bought used as a gift for my grandfather. I'm not sure how old the gun is, but it's nice. For the longest time I thought that it had a full choke barrel until my gunsmith measured it for me. (It has a modified barrel.) I don't take it out much, but I do enjoy it when I do.

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Old October 23rd, 2009, 07:52 AM   #7
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I picked up a light 20 with rib last fall from a lady who was selling off her late husband's guns. It's a Belgian made in 1967 and is in 95%+ condition.

Very light and balances pretty good. I plan to knock down a few pheasants and chuckars with it over the next couple of months.

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Old October 23rd, 2009, 08:50 AM   #8
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I have a 1967 Belgium A5 Light twelve in 95 pecent condition that I picked up a few years ago for $500.00, a deal I couldn't pass up. From the time I was a kid I wanted one, however my 870's,1100 and DB's have served me just fine over the years. When I wasn't looking for the A5 it found me.

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Old October 23rd, 2009, 09:12 AM   #9
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Hastings slug barrel

If you have an older A5 the barrel will have to be fitted to the reciever. On the newer it's a drop in fit. I'm not sure of the change. Hastings barrels are made in France by Verney-carron. It shoots better than my rifled 870 and my rifled Ithaca model 37.

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Old October 23rd, 2009, 12:41 PM   #10
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That's handy intell!

Hastings barrels are a tad pricey!

The only thing I don't like about the original slug barrel I have is that the sights are very difficult to see, especially in low light conditions. When you're in the woods in the Northeast during deer season, those conditions happen more often than not!

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Old October 25th, 2009, 04:27 AM   #11
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Glad to see there are some other A5ophiles on here! The first shotgun I ever shot was my Grandfather's 57 vintage A5 12 gauge. With the matte barrel it is one the best balance 12 gauge semi-autos I've ever handled. My Dad hunts with it now and one day it will be mine (hopefully not for a while). "My" first shotgun was a 1977 (year I was born) A5 20 gauge.

I collect them but I'm a little different then most in that I prefer the Japanese models. They don't handle as well but they're extremely stout. You guys that hunt/shoot with the Belgian models might want to start thinking about picking up a Japanese barrel for your shotgun. There seems to be a significant chance that non-tox could before required for everything in the future. At that point the Japanese barrels will become even more popular.

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Old October 25th, 2009, 08:51 AM   #12
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Love my A5

What I really like about my A5 is the Magazine cutoff. My A5 has the original barrel for shooting lead shot. I really didnt want to mess with getting the steel shot barrel so I bought this Browning Maxus because it has the mag cutoff as well. I say it just as nice as the A5 but just doesnt have the allure or looks of the A5

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Old October 26th, 2009, 07:04 AM   #13
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Mines a 1929 Auto-5 12 ga. passed down from my grandfather.

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Old October 27th, 2009, 05:26 PM   #14
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Yes Ive owned two .Had a sweet 16 back in the 70's.
The one Ihave now is a limited edition,from the 80's.
jap reciever ,heavy engraving (FNH).Fancy belgian style stock
and forend. Bought it new around 1984-5.never could bring myself to shoot it.Just too dogone pretty.Will pass it down I'm
sure someone will eventually.12 gauge,28'',mod.

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Old October 30th, 2009, 12:40 PM   #15
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I have my 20 that I got when I was 9 years old (1961).

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