A-5 Owners --- Roll Call

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Re: A-5 Owners --- Roll Call

Postby Cobra7 » Mon Nov 11, 2013 5:34 pm

Shoot #2 or #3 shot and you will be fine.
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Re: A-5 Owners --- Roll Call

Postby Tater15 » Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:18 pm

So no reason to buy the over priced alternatives! Thanks for input I just wanted to be sure I didn't run something threw the gun that would be harmful. I don't want to hurt it when I have plenty of other modern shotgun options. I am just looking for some nostalgia being able to take some green heads with a real family relic! Will try and post some pics of each gun also have a early 70's model BAR not a shot gun I know but same design and have taken game with it it's a sharp shooting piece for sure!
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Re: A-5 Owners --- Roll Call

Postby Tater15 » Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:23 pm

Do have another question if anyone out there is into the history and can tell me about what year the gun I'm wanting to use is.
The first few digits of the serial # are 2189
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Re: A-5 Owners --- Roll Call

Postby hankyorke » Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:26 pm

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Re: A-5 Owners --- Roll Call

Postby hankyorke » Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:28 pm

To answer your manufacture date question
http://www.browning.com/customerservice ... &id=13]http://www.browning.com/customerservice ... bg=x&id=13
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Re: A-5 Owners --- Roll Call

Postby carl1783 » Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:33 pm

Not an A5 owner but a quick search revealed this:

"1903-1939-Beginning with Serial Number 1 to approximately 228,000. Exact production figures are not available. Year of manufacture on Pre-World War II production is strictly a guess".

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Re: A-5 Owners --- Roll Call

Postby Cobra7 » Mon Nov 11, 2013 9:50 pm

Browning has always said NO. Real hunters will tell you YES just not out of a full choke barrel.
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Re: A-5 Owners --- Roll Call

Postby Tater15 » Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:26 am

Cobra7 wrote:Browning has always said NO. Real hunters will tell you YES just not out of a full choke barrel.

So is there another owner with about the same gun A5 with a **mod barrel with actual experience of running steel threw there's without issues?
Also I appreciate everyone's input thus far has been helpful
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Re: A-5 Owners --- Roll Call

Postby STEVE IN SOCAL » Thu Nov 28, 2013 11:37 am

I'm a real hunter who bulged a Belgium barrel with 3" heavy metal #3's
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Re: A-5 Owners --- Roll Call

Postby STEVE IN SOCAL » Thu Nov 28, 2013 11:39 am

It had an aftermarket choke....bulged south of the choke...had IC in the gun.
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Re: A-5 Owners --- Roll Call

Postby Baydog40 » Fri Nov 29, 2013 6:20 pm

3" Belgium gun with thin wall choke tubes added - my goose gun
Light 12 Belgium with a Japanese barrel and screw in chokes- the duck gun
Spare Belgium Lt-12 hardly been shot - the backup gun that I've never needed
Mag 20 Japanese - the teal, dove and quail gun
Hasting buck barrel for the light 12, the thing drive tacks with brenake slugs

They are incredibly reliable. They shoot muddy, wet, or frozen. Every few thousand rounds you need to replace a spring, and once every 5000 or so the trigger sear. Other then that just squirt em with a little WD-40 at the end of the hunt. I NEVER clean them inside, even after many thousands of duck and goose loads. Just hose them out with WD and sit them barrel down till the excess runs off so as not to weaken the wood.

You see a lot of A-5's on used gun racks for $400-$600. I've paid big dollars for a SBEII that sucked, and several over and unders just to have something lighter for quail and pheasants. But all I ever really shoot now is the A-5's. Part of that is growing up on them and getting used to the high receiver, i just shoot them better.

The new A-5's are A-5's in name only. They have a completely different operating system that is more like a Benelli or a Beretta then a real A-5.
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Re: A-5 Owners --- Roll Call

Postby JustinJ » Thu Dec 19, 2013 8:43 am

Heres mine. Its a 1947 Light Twelve, it was my late grandfathers gun. Its got the older saftey, that slides through the front of the trigger guard, which I have really grown to like. I just love the feel and function of the old A5's. When I first started hunting my grandfathers old gun, I hated taking it out in the marsh, I was scared I would mess it up or something would happen to it. I saved and bought an all weather Stainless Ruger Red Lable. I coulnt hit anything with it. Put it up and started shooting the old A5 again. Where I use to be nervous about using my gradfathers old gun, it has now become something I truely enjoy, it really is special to me. I also like knocking birds down better then all the other guys I hunt with, shooting 2 3/4 shells out a 70 year old gun against there 3 1/2" $1500 dollor guns!

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Re: A-5 Owners --- Roll Call

Postby Quacker-Wacker » Thu Dec 19, 2013 11:38 am

New guy here, :hi: no pics but a proud owner of a Light 20 for upland work and a Mag 12 for ducks and geese!
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A-5 Owners --- Roll Call

Postby Luvbowhuntn » Fri Dec 20, 2013 2:54 am

Added a new one to the stable. A really nice Belgium Light Twenty VR 28" Mod. Barrel. I've handled a ton of shotguns over the years and this one is by far the best handling gun I've ever felt. My first son was born this Halloween and I'm hoping to complete the Belgium set to hand down to him one day. I've got the 12's and Light 20. Now I gotta find the Mag 20 and Sweet 16. My billfold hurts just thinking about those two.... I also want to find him a Mag Stalker to put up for him. I want him to have a sure enough go to duck gun. He'll have my new model A5 too,but I just got to find that Mag Stalker. If he's anything like me he would grab that before the new one any day
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Re: A-5 Owners --- Roll Call

Postby Old Guardsman » Fri Dec 20, 2013 6:06 am

Had a fine time hunting three cold, Blue Bird days on Currituck Sound early this week using my Browning Invector Auto-5 Magnum (shot limits from this blind on Monday and Tuesday). OG

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Re: A-5 Owners --- Roll Call

Postby Quacker-Wacker » Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:05 am

Luvbowhuntn wrote: I've handled a ton of shotguns over the years and this one is by far the best handling gun I've ever felt. My first son was born this Halloween and I'm hoping to complete the Belgium set to hand down to him one day. I've got the 12's and Light 20. Now I gotta find the Mag 20 and Sweet 16. My billfold hurts just thinking about those two.... I also want to find him a Mag Stalker to put up for him. I want him to have a sure enough go to duck gun. He'll have my new model A5 too,but I just got to find that Mag Stalker.

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I agree 100% on the light 20 handling, simply awesome! :thumbsup: Good luck on the stalker mag 12, they are hard to come by!
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Re: A-5 Owners --- Roll Call

Postby Luvbowhuntn » Sat Dec 21, 2013 7:40 pm

Look what I found today! Even came with factory chokes. Mag Stalker 28" Invector Plus[THUMBS UP SIGN]
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Re: A-5 Owners --- Roll Call

Postby Quacker-Wacker » Sun Dec 22, 2013 9:16 am

Damn, nice! It took me years to find a mag 12 with wood! Congrats!
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Re: A-5 Owners --- Roll Call

Postby A5Gunner » Mon Dec 23, 2013 6:20 pm

Luvbowhuntn wrote:Look what I found today! Even came with factory chokes. Mag Stalker 28" Invector Plus[THUMBS UP SIGN]
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Yor gona love it! I've had one for 10+ years and it is THE duck gun. Sometimes I switch with another in the stable, just so they don't get lonely, but if I had to have 1 gun there is no question that this is it. :thumbsup:
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Re: A-5 Owners --- Roll Call

Postby CutEmMS » Sun Feb 02, 2014 9:07 pm

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Re: A-5 Owners --- Roll Call

Postby Quacker-Wacker » Mon Feb 03, 2014 7:16 am

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Awesome photo!
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Re: A-5 Owners --- Roll Call

Postby CutEmMS » Mon Feb 03, 2014 10:03 am

Thanks! Love putting the old gun to work a few times every season.


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Re: A-5 Owners --- Roll Call

Postby Danny Weatherford » Mon Feb 03, 2014 3:42 pm

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Here are a few pic of my 69' Belgium Made Light Twelve, i currently hunt with a 26" Jap Made IC fixed choke for ducks and a 30" Fixed Belgium Made Full Choke Deer hunting. Gun has never been re-done in any form...
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Re: A-5 Owners --- Roll Call

Postby quailhunter123 » Fri Feb 07, 2014 10:32 pm

Old Guardsman wrote:Had a fine time hunting three cold, Blue Bird days on Currituck Sound early this week using my Browning Invector Auto-5 Magnum (shot limits from this blind on Monday and Tuesday). OG

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Getting the limit on the Currituck Sound :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: A-5 Owners --- Roll Call

Postby quailhunter123 » Fri Feb 07, 2014 10:33 pm

Belgium Mag 20 that my grandfather gave to me two years ago when I was 12
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