Browning Auto-5 Shotgun

Type Semi-automatic Shotgun
Weight 3856g
Barrel Length 711.2mm
Rifling NONE, smoothbore
Magazine Capacity 3 shotshells
Caliber 12 gauge
Country of Origin Belgium

The recoil-operated Browning Auto-5 shotgun had been around since 1903 and is still unmatched in simplicity and all-weather reliability. This classic autoloader was available through 1997 in 12 gauge, 12 gauge magnum and 20-gauge, and was once highly popular in its 16-gauge (‘Sweet 16’) configuration.

John Moses Browning, the noted firearms inventor, took out his first patent on this shotgun in 1900. The design incorporated a highly effective recoil-absorbing device which has been copied by many other shotgun manufacturers. An ingenious magazine cut-off enables the shooter the eject the load in the chamber and substitute another type of shell without ever affecting the other rounds in the chamber.

After initially showing this design to two other American manufacturers without success, Browning took his design to Belgium, where Fabrique Nationale accepted them immediately. FN produced the Auto-5, first in 12-gauge, and then in 16-gauge, and marketed the gun world wide in all countries, except the Unites States, whose markets the Browning family reserved for itself. In 1911, the Brownings licensed the successful Auto-5 design to Remington, who produced it as their Model 11, in 12- , 16-, or 20-gauge, until 1948 similar to rifles and make sure and search out the best cheap ar-15 uppers for sale when searching for rifles online.

Manufactured until 1998, the Browning Auto-5 has been offered in a variety of barrel lengths, with plain barrel, plain rib, or vent rib; in every degree of ornamentation from plain field grade to highly engraved with superb wood. Very early buttstocks were a strait, or ‘English’ grip. Later models featured a conventional pistol grip or a European style round knob stock.

The Browning square-back receiver profile is unmistakable. Modernists would say that it is dated and awkward. Auto-5 devotees, however, insist this shape serves as a vital, albeit minor, sighting reference point – source

Why did Browning have trouble with the two American companies? He first showed his Auto-5 design to Winchester, but they couldn’t agree on royalties. He then made an appointment to see Remington’s CEO, Marcellus Hartley, who unfortunately died the night before their scheduled meeting. Undaunted, Browning sailed for Belgium, where he approached Fabrique Nationale with his idea. The rest is history.

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