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#5505522 - 12/28/14 10:38 PM Browning Auto 5
Misfire Offline
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Registered: 02/16/11
Posts: 626
Loc: Hood County
I've always thought they were odd looking shotguns without much visual appeal but yesterday I snagged one up on an impulse. After getting it home, doing some research and reading about the history of the design I kinda fell in love with it. From what I can tell gun I bought is a 1948 Belgium model "Light Twelve" 12ga with fixed modified choke. It's in pretty good shape and I'm excited to go shoot it soon.

A lot of what I read was that due to the age of the design and ruggedness of the construction they surpass many generations of owners and use. It's one of those guns that can carry with it a lot of family history and hunting stories. Anyone here have one, shoot/hunt with one? Experiences?

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#5505756 - 12/29/14 07:42 AM Re: Browning Auto 5 [Re: Misfire]
dee Offline
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Registered: 04/10/10
Posts: 4708
Loc: Red River way
Great guns. Do some research on the friction ring setup and you will save your shoulder some when using.


Edited by dee (12/29/14 07:45 AM)
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#5505762 - 12/29/14 07:45 AM Re: Browning Auto 5 [Re: dee]
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Registered: 03/19/09
Posts: 4169
Originally Posted By: dee
Great guns. Do some research on the gas ring setup and you will save your shoulder some when using.


What this guy said!.....and I have a Sweet 16 that is going on its 3rd generation of use with zero malfunctions.

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#5505803 - 12/29/14 08:15 AM Re: Browning Auto 5 [Re: Misfire]
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Woodsman

Registered: 11/11/14
Posts: 151
Loc: Lubbock and Texas
I have the Remington version Model 11 which belonged to my Great Grandfather. Still shoots great and it got some heavy use over the years. Great guns, will kick a bit.

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#5505823 - 12/29/14 08:26 AM Re: Browning Auto 5 [Re: Misfire]
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Registered: 09/22/11
Posts: 26143
Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
Im a third generation owner of this A500G had it for 15yrs now. I put it through hell and it dosnt jam, and will not quit. best all around gun iv owned. This one shoots 2 3/4 - 3inch and has interchangeable steel and lead chokes. My dad has the one you just bought and he keeps it in mint condition and only dove hunts with it. My brother has a golden hunter and I just bought my son a silver last year. In the Auto world there is only one brand I will by for now on... if this one ever breaks.



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#5506016 - 12/29/14 09:54 AM Re: Browning Auto 5 [Re: Misfire]
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Registered: 08/23/11
Posts: 2942
Loc: Abilene
I've got a Remington 11 that was built between 1919 and 1920 and it runs great.
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#5506548 - 12/29/14 02:34 PM Re: Browning Auto 5 [Re: Tactical Cowboy]
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Registered: 05/21/10
Posts: 2292
Loc: Odessa Texas
Best way to tell a very well maintained Lite Twelve is if the friction ring instructions are still in forend. I have a Belgian 2 barrel set that has been passed down to me, love the classics.
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#5507487 - 12/29/14 08:56 PM Re: Browning Auto 5 [Re: Misfire]
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Registered: 06/12/11
Posts: 2802
Loc: Clairette
my 1976 12 gauge magnum is going hunting with me tomorrow morning for some widgeons.

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#5521371 - 01/05/15 12:08 PM Re: Browning Auto 5 [Re: Misfire]
RobertTX Offline
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Registered: 06/18/10
Posts: 19
These are great guns. The last time I checked the Browning site, there was info on adjusting and maintaining the recoil system. Pretty nice that they would support a model that old.

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#5522785 - 01/05/15 11:53 PM Re: Browning Auto 5 [Re: Misfire]
Hirogen Offline
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Registered: 07/18/13
Posts: 697
Loc: Ontario, Grey County
1958 Belgian, 12 Gauge, 3 inch magnum:



My go to gun for Turkey and Upland.



Some Ruff Grouse I potted with said gun about 2 weeks ago.


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#5522996 - 01/06/15 07:25 AM Re: Browning Auto 5 [Re: Misfire]
Piper354 Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 04/11/11
Posts: 344
Loc: East Texas
'I've always thought they were odd looking shotguns without much visual appeal'

That is the most odd thing I have ever read smile Just messing with you...

The day I heard they stopped manufacturing the A-5 I knew I would never own another automatic. I love mine 1989 Light 12. Dad has a 1991 A5 Light 12 also. My grandfather had a 1950 Light 12. I am a fan of JB guns. If I had to replace mine I would go with a Citori O/O.

The 'new A5', meh...

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#5525272 - 01/07/15 09:25 AM Re: Browning Auto 5 [Re: Misfire]
MO Offline
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Registered: 01/25/07
Posts: 864
Loc: Cherokee Co, Tx
I received mine for christmas when I was 12 ( 1964 ), so I guess it just turned 50. My grandfather had one , my dad had one. ( I have mine and my Dad's )
I grew up hunting quail and pheasant in the Panhandle. My browning has taken everything that flies and a couple of coyotes and a bobcat.

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#5525431 - 01/07/15 10:19 AM Re: Browning Auto 5 [Re: Piper354]
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Registered: 12/18/07
Posts: 3787
Originally Posted By: Piper354
'I've always thought they were odd looking shotguns without much visual appeal'

That is the most odd thing I have ever read smile Just messing with you...

The day I heard they stopped manufacturing the A-5 I knew I would never own another automatic. I love mine 1989 Light 12. Dad has a 1991 A5 Light 12 also. My grandfather had a 1950 Light 12. I am a fan of JB guns. If I had to replace mine I would go with a Citori O/O.

The 'new A5', meh...


I have both new and old. The "new A5" is tenfold better than the old.

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#5526124 - 01/07/15 04:07 PM Re: Browning Auto 5 [Re: Misfire]
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Registered: 04/05/09
Posts: 7532
Loc: Irving Tx. and Cedar Creek Lak...
I bought a Browning B-80 when they first came out. It shoots flawlessly, recoil is low, and a beautiful shotgun. Browning is the best.

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#5527292 - 01/08/15 07:23 AM Re: Browning Auto 5 [Re: Misfire]
Piper354 Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 04/11/11
Posts: 344
Loc: East Texas
My dad bought me a B80 for Christmas when I was 16. 20G and it weighed like 5.5 pounds. Nice gun. Traded it in for my 1989 A5. Wish I still had the B80. It made was a great upland gun.

As far as the new A5, I just like tradion and older guns. I am sure the new one is a great gun. The old one just brings me back to my younger days as a kid hunting rabbitts with beagles on the mississippi river in south LA. Everyone seemed to use A5s.

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