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Browning Auto-5

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by dak0ta, Sep 14, 2019.

  1. dak0ta

    dak0ta Member

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    What a joy it was to carry in the goose blind yesterday. Way nicer than my previous Nova, and even the 870 Wingmaster. That humpback comes straight up quickly and your eye is looking straight down the barrel. Genius design. Only my Silver Pigeon is a little quicker and livelier in the hands.

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  2. Frostbite

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    Nice piece of history. Saw some Canadian geese while at the club today. Some guys got nervous!
     
  3. NIGHTLORD40K

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    Im not smoothbore guy, but I had to have an Auto5. Finally found a nice '50s Belgian made Light 12. What a blast!

    Its my only shotgun, unless you count my .410 Enfield. :)
     
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  4. dak0ta

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    When you guys chamber a round, does your barrel ping like a tuning fork with a pleasant ring?

    Unfortunately, the 870 Wingmaster just doesn't compare in the fit and feel. I have held an Ithaca 37 and it similarly has that feel when shouldered, as well as the Win 94. I think it's all in the balance, and JMB had that figured out. A lot of his sporting arms have receivers that are long enough just to house all the moving parts, and he's able to design things to function reliably in those space limitations. It helps with the weight and balance for sure.
     
  5. gunlaw

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    Agreed. Really like my light 12.
     
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  6. d2wing

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    I have a new A5 not real happy with it. Get gun but odd fit.
     
  7. dak0ta

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    Those new A5's are different animals, inertia action like the Benelli.
     
  8. I6turbo

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    The Auto 5 is an awesome piece of design and craftsmanship. I love my 1954 model with a shortened solid rib barrel and screw-in chokes. It's a gun that just makes me take it out and find things to shoot (mostly targets of one type or another for me).
     
  9. dak0ta

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    Have you guys found much difference in the handling with a round knob vs regular pistol grip?
     
  10. BigSteve57

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    They are indeed a joy to point & shoot.

    The wedding gift* from my wife to me was a Browning Auto 5 way back in 1984.
    I've taken many ducks, geese, squirrels, rabbits and various small game with it and it's in new condition.
    It's the only shotgun I own and there's not a mark on it.
    I love that Auto 5.

    *Yes I have been the butt of numerous jokes about having a shotgun wedding.
    I even told her at the time that "sweetie, folks are gonna laugh about this one".
     
  11. Ironhand54

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    A few years ago we had a shooting day at my farm. Still targets, reactive targets and a clay thrower. Everybody brings their toys and has fun.

    My brothers neice brought her boss. Guy showed up in a white Corvette and I had my doubts. Turned out to be a nice guy. Just more money than brains.

    He had a couple of fancy guns, including a Nova. He was showing off his plastic gun when I pulled out my old sweet 16 (I inherited it from my great uncle). He asked me if I wanted to shoot the "newest thing". I politely shot a couple of rounds with his gun and gave it back to him. I then picked up my A5 and dusted a double. He looked mighty surprised.

    A friend and I were coaching shotgun at a Boy Scout event. The sponsor got the ammo donated but the kids had to bring their own gun. Of course Jeff and I brought some youth guns, just in case.

    Most of the boys had their dad's 12 gauge. When we saw how bad they were flinching we pulled out the 20 gauges we had brought.

    I had my A5 American Browning. Made for Browning by Remington during WW2. Once we started kids on that gun their hit percentage doubled and no more flinching. The gun never sat in the rack the rest of the day. It was passed from shooter to shooter. The natural pointing and soft recoil of the long recoil action made it perfect for the boys. After the event a couple of the fathers looked me up and asked how to get one for their sons. A couple even offered to buy mine, fat chance.

    The A5 is one of the finest shotguns ever designed and the only semi auto l own.

    IronHand
     
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  12. 1MoreFord

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    A-5 Light 12. My favorite $20 shotgun.;)
     
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