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a good price for a Belgium A-5?

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  1. tark

    tark Member

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    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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  2. 1KPerDay

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    What you think is all that matters. Sweet gun.
     
  3. gspn

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    Nice gun...nice price.
     
  4. Jeepergeo

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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.
     
  5. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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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?
    Nope!

    rc
     
  6. tark

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    Plenty of 3" lead shot ammo in my neck of the woods, RC. Think turkey.
     
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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.
     
  8. redneck2

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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.

    If you're happy, that's what counts.
     
  9. I6turbo

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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.
     
  10. COK

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    $750 is about the right price in my area for one in very nice shape , now enjoy it !
     
  11. GlockNation

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    Yes

    I would have been happy to pay that price. Just a personal thing- the old ones are magic for me. Enjoy!
     
  12. d2wing

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    Can a magnum be converted to shoot lighter loads?
    Nice gun btw.
     
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  13. jrdolall

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    I have 4 of them that I acquired back in the 80s. We used them primarily for deer guns back when we ran dogs a lot.
    Good guns but I can't speak to the price since mine were purchased so long ago and I didn't keep records back then like I do now.
     
  14. Clark

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    These two have been never miss guns for me:

    1) 2 3/4" 12 ga Browning A5 made in 1948 I got for $175 in a pawn shop in 1999.
    2) 2 3/4" 12 ga Rem 11 made in 1940 I got for $61 in 1999

    My other 3 shotguns of that design I do not always hit:

    3) 3" 12 ga Browning A5 made in 1965 I got for $400 in 2007.
    The screw in choke system was done by Stan Baker.
    4) 2 3/4" 12 ga Browning A5 made in 1922 I got for $200 in 2007.
    5) 2 3/4" 20 ga Rem 11 made in 1946 I got for $61 in 1999
     
  15. Sav .250

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    I`d just say...............................Keep on smiling!
     
  16. joem1945

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    I have 2 A5's. One I dated to 1948 and the other to the 60's. I love the looks of them although I don't hunt anymore.
     
  17. Clark

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    My aunt married a guy in 1953 who has owned a ship that was sunk in WWII, but before the navy got the ship, he took his anti 1935 dock strike shotguns home. In 1959 a Win 1897 12 ga shotgun was given to my father. In 1965 it became a hand me down to me. And so I hunted and hunted.

    Only in 1999 did I find out what I have been missing with Browning A5 shotguns.

    Don't waste your life with the wrong shotgun like me, get an A5 as soon as possible.
     
  18. gotmine

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    Mine was made in 1928 and is still nice looking. It walked out of a hardware store in Morgan City, La. with my grandfather when he fell in love with it around that time.
    If you're happy with it then it's priceless. I think you did rather well BTW.
     
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