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The Browning Automatic 5, most often referred to as Auto-5 or simply A-5, is a recoil-operated semi-automatic shotgun designed by John Browning. The Browning Auto-5 was the first mass-produced semi-automatic shotgun. Designed by John Browning in 1898 and patented in 1900, it was produced continually for almost 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 shotguns. 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 Magnum Twenty was built by FN in 1967 with Grade I engraving on the receiver. It is chambered for 20 GA. 3” shells and has a 27 1/2” Full-choke barrel and a full-length ventilated rib. This shotgun is in Excellent condition, appearing to have seen little, if any use. This is a well-made shotgun and a functioning piece of history. With its 3″ chamber, you’ll be able to take somewhat longer shots on upland birds or challenge yourself on the skeet range.