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Browsing I found W W Greener Stock of Inexpensive Grade Pre-owned Guns for Sale

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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
12:00 AM

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!

Comments

Fantastic, an old Belgian A-5! Heard it kicks like nobody's business in a memorable fashion - I haven't yet tried my Grandpa's that was left to me...

Oh, you bastard.

An A5 for a lousy fifty quid?

You rotten, stinking bastard.

[exit, pouting]

Wow! Good find.

And nice to see the AYA 12G at £400 is holding value well - an identical gun cost me £56 in 1982.

Did you get it on section 1?

Over 20 years back I bought a second had Auto 5 for £195, made in Belgium in the 50's. I loved it's Edwardian charm. I wondered if anyone at my clay pigeon club would turn their noses up at my new "machine gun", but it seems everyone loves the old Auto 5. Does yours have the Prince of Wales grip? I love the shape of them, indeed, I think that was what made me buy it. Happy days.

TE - Yes a Section 1 purchase!

You lucky, lucky bastard. I never find cheap stuff like that :(

Nice find, money well spent.

I've an old Auto-5 of sorts as well. It's Remington's "clone" of the A-5, but produced before they assigned the "Model 11" nomenclature. It's essentially identical to the above picture, save with a full-choke, trigger block safety in the trigger guard, and no magazine cutoff.

And yes, it DOES cycle incredibly fast. And it kicks, too, although not badly. Shoot half a case of ammo, and you'll be -quite- aware of it, though.

But I hear that the new plastic ones cycle better etc etc etc

Bet you don't have a problem with trespassers...

Hi

As a 5 shot, that gun is Section 1 - presumably you had a slot for it on your FAC? Otherwise a trip back to the dealer to sport things out might be in order. I've been sold an S.1 gun as an S.2 myself (Marlin 55 Goose gun - bolt action with detachable mag) and a mate was sold an S.5 (Franchi SPAS-12 20" barrel!) as S.1

Chris (shooter in darkest Orkney)

If you look closely at this firearm,you'll see the safety at the front of the trigger.A push out for "fire" and push up and in for safety.I have an identical gun.This gun was made between 1902 and 1939.Mine has a serial number of 178795.In 1940 this safety feature changed.Also the flip mechanism that flipped one way allows only a single shot to be fired.My grandfather bought the gun new in 1936.Mine appears to be in the same condition as yours.You certainly have a treasure there.Of course mine will never be sold.Only a memorial that represents my Granfather and my Fathers extensive hunts that I was fortunate enough to have been a part of.

If you look closely at this firearm,you'll see the safety at the front of the trigger.A push out for "fire" and push up and in for safety.I have an identical gun.This gun was made between 1902 and 1939.Mine has a serial number of 178795.In 1940 this safety feature changed.Also the flip mechanism that flipped one way allows only a single shot to be fired.My grandfather bought the gun new in 1936.Mine appears to be in the same condition as yours.You certainly have a treasure there.Of course mine will never be sold.Only a memorial that represents my Granfather and my Fathers extensive hunts that I was fortunate enough to have been a part of.

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