IdahoSkies wrote:able to handle steel......something that a working guy would have been able to afford 30+ years ago.
I would think those two requirements rule out the Belgian A-5....?
The old A-5 might have been the most popular autoloader from the early 1900's until about 1964, simply because it was the only
autoloader that was considered even remotely reliable in the blind. That all changed in 1963 when the Remington 1100 came out. The 1100 very quickly became the most popular autoloading waterfowl gun and stayed that way for decades. One reason was that it was affordable, selling for much
less than the Browning. And, there are other reasons.
Personally, I wouldn't run steel through a Belgian Browning today, but I wouldn't hesitate to shoot it in an old 1100.
The A-5 is a great old gun, and probably your favorite, but for the author to use it in his book would raise the eyebrows of most knowledgeable readers.