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Early Browning A5 Advice

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by MisterHappy, Aug 20, 2011.

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  1. MisterHappy

    MisterHappy Member

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    Here's the story: Middle of a round, my old workhorse A5 refused to fire. Felt like the safety was on - no trigger travel. With the bolt in battery, I backed off on the magazine tube nut, and I got the trigger to pull and the hammer fall with the barrel about 1/8 (or a bit more) forward of where it shoudl be.

    Opened her up, a bit of dirtyness, but not bad.

    With the trigger group out in the open, I was able to replicate the situation by slowly moving the safety sear. (Note: this is NOT the external safety - it's to prevent the gun form firing with the bolt not in battery.)

    Now...this gun is prewar (ser no 222xxx) and has seen plenty of use. I saw no damage to the sear, or the link that engages with the sear, but signs of wear.

    Will a sear replacemnt fix it, does it need a link, does it need both?

    Or should I go "Full bore trap" and go no safety at all? Just kidding....kind of.

    Thoughts?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Big Az Al

    Big Az Al Well-Known Member

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    mr happy,

    check the how the locking lug in the bolt is working.

    If it has problems they will mess with the timing of the safety sear, also if there is a problem here and you get it to fire the lock up between the bolt and barrel extention may not be right, making it dangerous to fire.

    Al Lingham
     
  3. MisterHappy

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    Thanks....

    Found the culprit....the firing pin was broken! About an inch back from the tip. :-(

    I thought that was the bad news....then I went on Numrich's site and found that a New pin is more than I paid for the entire gun! :-0

    Oh, well, it's a used, gun, it gets a used pin.....

    In case anyone else needs to get into an A5, I was able to download the pdf of the Field Sercive manual; the only variation I encountered was the difference in the manual safety - mine's a Push-pull, the paperwork is for a crossbolt

    For all the "horror stories" I've heard about getting into these guns, it went nicely.
     
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