I've got a woody and a big smile on my face
Browsing I found W W Greener Stock of Inexpensive Grade Pre-owned Guns for Sale
FN (Browning Patent), 12 bore single barrel 5 shot automatic ejector shotgun with 30 inch barrel and half choked barrel, plain stock with 14-1/4 inch pull - Price - £50.00
As Mr Greener lives just up the road from me what else could I do but buy it. I haven't shot it yet having picked it up this afternoon, a couple of splits and chips on the stock and some pitting on the bright work but what a fantastic gun; it looks, feels, sounds and smells just right.
And what a history - this one is probably from the 1930s - but read Kim for the full story
Browning Auto-5 “Light Twelve” (12ga.)
Kim du Toit
November 14, 2003
Here’s a shotgun which is not only liked, but loved by people who’ve ever owned it. The Browning Auto-5 (sometimes called the “humpback") was the first semi-auto shotgun made, and was designed by the Man Himself, John Moses Browning. Even among his many other designs (eg. the Colt 1911), the Auto-5 is regarded as Browning’s best design. Stories of its reliability and ruggedness are legion: at one point, the Auto-5 was the waterfowl piece, and without which few hunters considered their gun safe complete.
Many shotgunners think, incidentally, that the venerable Auto-5 is still the fasest-cycling semi-auto shotgun, matched only recently by Benelli and the new Brownings.
Production began in 1902, and ended in 1999, which means that the asking price of the Auto-5 has shot up, and no one makes accessories for them anymore.
[pause to allow boos, jeers and catcalls to subside]
Personally, I blame the Democrats. Wasn’t Bill Clinton President in 1999? ...
So… why should I get an Auto-5 instead of one of the new whizz-bang modern ones painted in a camo pattern?
Well, duh… because it’s an old gun, of course—the same reason to want a Winchester 1894, a Colt 1911 or a Remington Police revolver. All were designed a century or more ago, and all are still outstanding examples of firearms engineering.
The Auto-5 still belongs in every serious shooter’s safe, for its heritage if for no other reason. And some day, a Sweet Sixteen will be in mine.
The best £50 I have spent today!