Browning Lightweight Auto 5 12-gauge 26” Barrel Made in Belgium
Guns International #: 101111310 Seller's Inventory #: 18-2709
Category: Browning Belgium Shotguns - A5 - Browning Belgium Shotguns - Semi Auto
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Seller: Shooter's Supply, LLC.
Member Since: 3/16/16
First Name: Larry
Last Name: Hopper
Country: United States
Phone: (423) 875-4868
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Total Number of Listings: 200
Seller: FFL Dealer
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What we have here is a Belgian-made Auto 5 Lightweight in 12-gauge. The Auto 5 was the first commercially successful semi-automatic shotgun, designed by the famous John M. Browning in 1898. Originally, he took the design to Winchester, whom he had previously sold his designs to. When they refused his terms, he took the design to Remington, but the then president of Remington passed away, forcing Browning to take the gun to FN in Belgium. Eventually, the Auto 5 was built under license by Remington as the Model 11. Browning considered the Auto 5 his best design, and it was produced continuously for nearly one hundred years. The Lightweight model was designed to allow shooters to be able to take their Auto 5 on longer, foot-bound journeys than what was considered advisable with a standard Auto 5. It also allowed the user to traverse the gun faster when tracking airborne targets. This Auto-5 was produced at an interesting point in time, during which FN’s serial number system was altered. From 1958 till early 1968, Browning Auto-5’s used the last digit of the year, a letter code indicating the model, and the remaining digits in the serial number. For example, 3G8144 would stand for a 1963, light weight 12-gauge (represented by the letter “G”). Unfortunately, the number “8” would be a repeated for 1958 and 1968 causing some confusion, and so in that year, FN began using the last two digits in the year. Late-manufacture 1968 Auto-5s have a 68 in front of the letter. The Light 12 is in good condition. The engraving is very nice. The receiver does exhibit bluing loss and the wooden furniture is dinged in some spots. There are no signs of cracking but some of the finish has been worn over time. It’s obvious that the shotgun has been taken on a bird hunt or two. A rubber butt pad has been added for recoil reduction. The barrel exhibits some bluing loss, but the bore is in excellent condition. There is no rust on the gun (brown, red, etc…). The magazine has a plug in the magazine tube for bird hunting, reducing total capacity to 3. Removed, a total of 5 rounds can be loaded. This shotgun can be used for all kinds of sports-shooting with the correct barrel. We previously had an Auto-5 produced around the same time but with a later Miroku Auto-5 barrel added, giving it the ability to use Invector chokes. Thusly, it is possible to avoid having to find all of the fixed choke barrels for the Auto-5. Do not pass up the opportunity to own one of the finest semi-auto shotguns ever made. The shotgun comes with a soft case.
Manufacturer: Browning (FN of Belgium)
Model: Auto 5
Serial Number: 3G8144
Chambers: 2.75 inches (70mm)
Metal Condition: Good - minor wear
Wood Condition: Good - no cracks, worn finish
Bore Condition: Excellent - no rust or pitting
Barrels: 25.6" (650mm, Belgium uses metric hence the odd length in inches)
Barrel Type: Long-Recoiling
Triggers: Single - Gold
Stock: Checkered Wood
Stock Comb: 1.75 inches (44.5mm)
Stock Heel: 2.5 inches (63.5mm)
Fore End: Checkered Wood
Butt Pad: Rubber - Ventilated
LOP: 14.25 inches (362mm)
Rib: Vent - 0.25" (6.35mm) width
Sights: Front silver bead
Manufacture Date: 1963
Chokes: Fixed - Cylinder (***)
Engraving: Standard Browning Engraving
Case: Soft Case