Browning FN A5 Auto-5 A-5 Twenty 20 GA 26” Semi-Auto Shotgun, 1969 C&R

SOLD FOR: $2000

LSB#: 210924SS13

Make: Browning Arms

Model: Auto 5 or (A5)

Serial Number: 69Z39703

Year of Manufacture: 1969

Gauge: 20 gauge, chambered for 2 3/4” Shells

Action Type: Long-Recoil, Semi-Automatic, Tubular Magazine Fed Shotgun

Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “BROWNING ARMS COMPANY MORGAN, ST. LOUIS Mo. & MONTREAL P.Q. / MADE IN BELGIUM” with an assortment of specifications, a proof, and a date code. The right side of the barrel is marked “**—SPECIAL STEEL-20 GAUGE-SHELLS-2 ¾”?. The left side of the receiver is marked “Twenty / ® / BROWNING” with a bust portrait of John M. Browning, the underside has the serial number. The receiver, tangs and trigger guard have tasteful Grade I engraving.

Barrel Length: 26”, Vent-Rib

Choke: Screw In, Cylinder Currently Installed

Sights/Optics: There is a silver bead at the front of the rib. The top of the rib is checkered and the top of the receiver is serrated to reduce glare.

Stock Configuration and Condition: The stocks are a two-piece checkered walnut set with semi-pistol grip, textured buttplate, and finger grooves running the length of the forend. There is a cluster of light scuffs on the left side of the buttstock at the heel. Very minor dings and compressions can be seen on the belly and the underside of the forend. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 14 1/4” from the front of the gold-plated trigger to the back of the plate. The plate is free of any notable wear or damage. Overall, the stocks rate in Fine condition.

Type of Finish: Blue

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright with no erosion.

Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 95% of its metal finish. Nearer to the receiver the barrel has taken on a distinct plum hue. The barrel itself has very minor scattered nicks, most notable on the left side about mid way. Edges of the ejection port have a few light nicks. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Fine condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. There is a magazine cutoff on the left front of the receiver, a safety at the rear of the trigger guard and a bolt release on the right side of the receiver. We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: None.

Our Assessment: The Browning Automatic 5, most often Auto-5 or simply A-5, is a recoil-operated semi-automatic shotgun designed by John Browning, and was the first mass-produced semi-automatic shotgun. Designed by John Browning in 1898 and patented just two years later, it was produced continually for nigh on 100 years by several makers with production ending in 1998. It features a distinctive high rear end, earning it the nickname “Humpback”. Browning presented his design to Winchester, where he had sold his rifle designs, but they refused his terms. He then went to Remington, but the president of the company died while he was waiting to offer them the gun. Browning then took the gun to FN in Europe and was so confident of his design that his first order was for 10,000 units. The design was later licensed to Remington for their Model 11 and to Savage Arms for their Models 720 and 755. During WWII, production of the Auto-5 was moved to Remington alongside the Model 11 until FN could resume production after the war. This Auto-5 is a Magnum model which was built by FN in 1969 with engraving on the receiver and tangs. It is chambered for 20 GA. 2 3/4” shells and has a 26” vent rib barrel that is choked Cylinder; the winner will have a shotgun made for clay birds or actual birds. This is a nice example of a post-war Auto-5, perfect for any Browning collection. Good luck and happy bidding!

Browning FN A5 Auto-5 A-5 Twenty 20 GA 26” Semi-Auto Shotgun, 1969 C&R
Browning FN A5 Auto-5 A-5 Twenty 20 GA 26” Semi-Auto Shotgun, 1969 C&R