SOLD FOR: $2601
Model: Auto 5 Light Twelve, Two Millionth Commemorative
Serial Number: 2,000,000 – 2154, of 2500
Year of Manufacture: 1970
Gauge: 12 Gauge, 2 3/4” Chamber
Action Type: Long-Recoil, Semi-Automatic, Tubular Magazine Fed Shotgun
Markings: The left of the barrel is marked “BROWNING ARMS COMPANY ST LOUIS Mo. & MONTREAL P.Q. / MADE IN BELGIUM”, and with a series of Belgian proof marks. The right of the barrel is marked “** SPECIAL STEEL – 12 GAUGE – SHELLS 2 3/4″”. The left side of the receiver is marked “Light Twelve” with a gold bust portrait of John M. Browning and his signature in gold. The right side of the receiver is marked “BROWNING / 2,000,000 – 2154”. The receiver has scroll engraving.
Barrel Length: 27 1/2″ with Vented Barrel Rib
Choke: Improved Modified, Fixed
Sights / Optics: There is a white bead at the front of the rib. The top of the rib is finely checkered and the top of the receiver is serrated to reduce glare.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are a two-piece checkered walnut set with a semi-pistol grip, straight comb, black hard rubber FN Browning Automatic buttplate, and finger grooves running the length of the forend. There are some light nicks and scratches throughout. The forend has a thin crack on the left rear side. The right base of the grip has an impact mark that has damaged finish and wood. There is a bit of scuffin and bubbling in the wood finish on the belly near the toe and on the right side of the buttstock. The checkering is sharp. The LOP measures 14 1/4″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. Overall, the stocks are in Very Good condition
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright. There is no erosion. In this writer’s opinion, this bore is a 9 or 10 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 99% of its metal finish. There is no notable wear or damage, just some light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in Very Good Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This shotgun comes in a Browning Two Millionth Commemorative case with keys.
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. 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. This Auto-5 is a lightweight model which was built by FN in 1970 to commemorate production of two million Auto-5 Shotguns and produced a run limited to 2500 shotguns. It is chambered for 12 GA. 2 3/4” shells and has a 27 1/2″ barrel choked Modified. The gun appears to have spent more time in its included commemorative case than out, and will be a great addition for Browning or FN collectors. Please see our photos and good luck in your bidding! J. Ren