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Old November 8, 2015, 03:20 PM   #1
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a good price for a Belgium A-5?

Grabbed this at the local Gander Mountain for $750. Serial # 7V 6682. The last year of Belgium production, if I remember correctly. 12 Ga. 3" magnum model. the gun is in 98% condition! The decal under the forearm is almost 100% intact. The wood is unblemished. The trigger is blued and very little of the blue is worn off. All screw heads are perfect and unblemished. The recoil pad has the Browning logo and is beginning to turn darker with age.

I think I stole it at that price. Did I?
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Old November 8, 2015, 03:32 PM   #2
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What you think is all that matters. Sweet gun.
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Old November 8, 2015, 03:36 PM   #3
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Nice gun...nice price.
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Old November 8, 2015, 04:17 PM   #4
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After the purchase is not the time to ask that question
You bought yourself a nice, classic, pointable, and shootable gun. Have fun with it.
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Old November 9, 2015, 12:29 AM   #5
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Around here, the A5 3" Magnums don't sell that good.

The barrels are not steel shot safe for waterfowl hunting.

And 3" lead shot is almost impossible to find.

What else you gonna use one for if not steel shot??

I understand they will function with 2 3/4" Mag, but still??

Trap & skeet, and upland game light loads?

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Old November 9, 2015, 10:08 AM   #6
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Plenty of 3" lead shot ammo in my neck of the woods, RC. Think turkey.
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Old November 9, 2015, 11:40 AM   #7
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Price is a little high IMHO, folks play on the collectability of A5s but they made a ton of them and real collectors want NIB.
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Old November 9, 2015, 11:52 AM   #8
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My friend had a chance to buy one that was still in the original box (never removed from the box) for $650 and turned it down.

Wood and blued guns are for the most part losing money, not gaining. Newbies typically don't give a care about them. They want Parkerized and plastic.

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Old November 9, 2015, 06:18 PM   #9
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I'm not sure what a gun like that is worth, but that is a LOT of quality craftsmanship for $750. The old Auto 5 is pretty much a work of art, IMO.
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Old November 9, 2015, 07:49 PM   #10
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$750 is about the right price in my area for one in very nice shape , now enjoy it !
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