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Browning Brings Back The A5 Humpback??

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by grntitan, Apr 26, 2012.

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  1. grntitan

    grntitan Well-Known Member

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    In the recent American Rifleman there is an article of Browning's return to the A5 Humpback. I included a link to the article above for those who do not get the magazine. Good looking shotgun in my opinion.


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  2. Ahab

    Ahab Well-Known Member

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    It is not the humpback ... just a shotgun that looks like one.

    Different innards!
     
  3. grntitan

    grntitan Well-Known Member

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    I agree Ahab. I should have said that but I thought I'd let people actually read the article. Still a nice looking gun in my opinion.
     
  4. Shawn

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    It does bring back memories

    Shawn
     
  5. skeet_man

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    This gun is as much an A5 as the B2000, B80, and A500 were (cosmetic similarities only). Browning is still trying to trade on the A5 name, and I think it'll just end up disappointing a lot of people who think its legitimately a reproduction of the original.
     
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    Well it got a favorable review and I suspect the guys that buy one will like it - the original A-5 wasn't without its faults and lots of shooters loved them. But I'm with you guys, this new gun is not an A-5 and shouldn't be sold as such.
     
  7. timberfaller

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    We will never get the "quality" of firearms of the past, but company's will still make runs on those models that made them a company.

    The biggest reason is labor cost, lack of qualified laborer's and "Pride" in a finished product.

    I still have the two Belgium A5 Brownings my dad and I purchased from a person who took them in on pawn. Paid $200 back in 1970 for both of them, they were selling at the price of $444 apiece in Browning Flyer then.

    The Japan models are nice,but not as nice as the Belgiums. This new model, only time will tell. It looks like a gas operated action, where the original was Recoil operated action.
     
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    "It looks like a gas operated action,"

    Can't go by looks alone, I guess...
     
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    It's inertial, like the Benelli's. I like the looks of it. Might buy one when I get back.
     
  10. DanLee

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    I have a couple A5 Sweet Sixteens. These new guns are not A5s. You can put lipstick on a pig and call it Monica, but it won't give you a good BJ.

    Bill
     
  11. DoubleAuto

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    Have 9 Belgium A-5's and a bunch of extra barrels. I am not going to badmouth and talk dome and gloom about this "new A-5" until I get a chance to handle one. If it fits and handles well will probably buy a walnut and steel 12 gauge. I hope it comes out in other gauges.
     
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    I have one Belgium A-5, 16 ga, I am with Doug, won't talk them down til I find that reason. I hope I don't find that reasoning. Would love to own all the gauges they offer, if they are worthy!

    Danlee, I hope yopu don't really know that about the lipstick from experience???
    Dave B.
     
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    Dave B, I am "Dbl Auto" not "Double Auto". I only have one A-5, a sweet 16. Browning put an anodized aluminum on this new A5, just like the on the Browning Double Auto. I do think the best A5's where from the late 50's to early 60's. I like the new ones and the old ones, but will continue to buy the old over the new. I can buy 2-3 gently used Browning Double Autos for what one of these new A5's will retail for in a shop.
    Doug Allison
     
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    What guns in the American Rifleman don't get favorable reviews?

    Terry Sandlin
     
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    Terry is right, you don't find many bad reviews in any gun publication
     
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    I must be missing it. last time I checked I could get a near new to new A-5 3 inch gun with choke tubes for far less then 1000 dollars.

    Why on earth would I ever need to buy anything else? If I wanted to hunt ducks and geese with my A-5 I can certainly still do it. I can do it with a new or near new gun if I wanted to and they shoot steel shot just fine. 3 1/2 inch shells are a joke for the most part and most of the guys you talk to shoot 3" inch steel shot shells anyway.

    I say that the old A-5 is just as good as ever for any individual that wants to use one.Jeff
     
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    I use the superX 3 and can't beat it ----JMO---JSB
     
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    I think there will be an initial buying interest in these "new" A5's. However, the problem with A5's is either you love the "humpback"or you don't. It will be interesting how this plays out. Maybe there will be a whole new generation of "Humpback Lovers".
     
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    Like DoubleAuto said, Humpie Brownings are either loved or hated with not a whole lot of people on the fence. My hunting partner has always said that humpback Brownings are like Volkswagons.... You either love them or hate them. Course that was 30 years ago before volkwagons became what they are now!

    My point is just that you can buy used guns for far less then the price of many other guns and they are as good today as they always were.

    You don't need anything special to shoot steel shot.

    I do not shoot them any more and I pretty much use a SX-2 when shooting a 12ga gun but it's because they kick super soft and I have never had a single malfunction with my sx-2 duck guns.

    That said... I sure as hell would not feel handicapped buying a near new 3 inch A-5 with choke tubes off of gunbroker.com and doing just as well as I do with my SX-2. In fact if it kicked as soft, I might never have left my Browning hunpbacks for duck shooting. Jeff
     
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