JΓΌrgen Schrott took this photo.

πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Kurze Browning Auto-5 Selbstladeflinte im Kaliber 12/70.
πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ I love buying old, no longer used shotguns (dirt cheep, too) and getting them in shape so that everybody at the range ogles them 😎. Just by replacing some worn/broken parts I can breathe new life into guns that are mostly build like tanks anyway.
Take this FN Browing Auto-5 for example. On most of these – often up to 100 year old – shotguns the stocks are cracked and the forends are splintered. And lots of times the friction rings are in dire need of replacement. But replace stocks and friction pieces and throw in a new recoil spring and these guns still work like at the day they came out of the factory!

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  • Nicks87

    That is HOT!

  • alex waits

    Pretty.

  • Swarf

    I would love to.

  • AC97

    How well do these things shoot?

    • They shoot great. They have a bit mire felt recoil than most but it’s a nice shotgun. Marines used them in the Pacific in WWII.

      • AC97

        Cool.

        Less recoil than a pump-action shotgun though, right?

        • Cymond

          I haven’t fired one, but some people say the Auto-5 has more recoil due to the weight of the barrel slamming around.

      • thedonn007

        Are you sure about the 16″ barrel? I would bet it is 18″, unless you have it registered as a SBS.

  • Martin M

    Love Auto 5s, and I love this!

  • Joseph Goins

    Browning’s greatest accomplishment.

    • Nick Grahm

      You’re just tryin’ to start somethin’.

      • Joseph Goins

        How’s that?

        • Nick Grahm

          The 1911 is JMB’s greatest accomplishment.

          • Joseph Goins

            That’s starting something. Browning himself said it was the Auto-5.

          • iksnilol

            Yes, the greatest example of mediocrity so everybody else would have something to improve on.

            What with all the improved 1911s (IE Tokarev).

          • Miguel Raton

            Who better to steal from than JMB? If you’re going to steal from someone, steal from the best!

          • valorius

            The Hi Power is a better pistol design than the 1911.

          • Hoplopfheil

            Them’s fightin’ words!

            Accurate fightin’ words!

          • valorius

            πŸ˜€

          • Wetcoaster

            Yeah, but he wasn’t the sole parent of the HP.

            Besides, he really peaked with the Winchester 1897 πŸ˜‰

          • valorius

            The only time i shot an 1897 winchester shotgun i hammer bit the hell out of my thumb while pumping it. LOL.

          • Wetcoaster

            Let’s face it. Sooner or later, someone else would have eventually perfected the locked-breech semi-auto pistol. JMB though, created three entirely new types of shotgun (the O/U, the semi-auto, the pump), of which only the semi seemed obvious enough for other people to try until they eventually succeed.

            Although the Winchester 1895 is my personal favourite esoteric gun from JMB. I think about the only type of firearm I don’t recall him designing at least one of is a revolver.

          • gusto

            Browning is brilliant, bit he did not create the first o/u
            nor the pump action

            the first o/u can’t probably be pinpointed to someone specific, for several hundred years rifles/shotguns were the same thing and single, double or more barrels came in many shapes and forms

            Alexander Bain has got the first patent for a pump action shotgun and Browning was beaten to the punch by Spencer and Burgess with pump actions that came to market before him

            the burgess was a pistolgrip pump but the Spencer had a layout we are used to

          • Miguel Raton

            It had been done [& was still being done by pretty much everyone else when JMB started out.] Why go over the same tired ground that everyone else seemed to be mining? JMB put his creativity to work in exploring new areas that had more potential! πŸ˜‰

          • Cymond
          • valorius

            My memory is telling me he perfected the design JMB conceived, right?

          • Miguel Raton

            It *better* be: 20 years later design, with all that JMB should have learned from the m1905 thru m1911 evolution to start from? Even if it did receive so much reworking by Saive that JMB wouldn’t recognize it as the pistol he left on the drawing board when he died, it *had* to end up better than the m1911, don’t you think? Or why else would he have even bothered?

          • valorius

            Because it had features that the 1911 did not, regardless of whether or not it was better.

          • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

            The 1911 was an excellent handgun 100 years ago; heck even 50 years ago. Today, not so much. In 2080 Im sure we will look back on Glocks and the other Wonder 9s and say the same things about them that we now say about 1911s.

            Personal preference, but Id much rather have an Auto-5 than a 1911.

          • Miguel Raton

            Right up to the point you shoot them both… ;D

        • Nick Grahm

          All right everyone, calm down. I was just being provocative. I’m a High Power man myself. Winchester 1894 right behind that,

          • iksnilol

            But you were right, the 1911 is horrible. It’s slmost as if he designed it to have something to improve on when he had naught to do.

    • .50

      All viable contenders, but no cigar. The Ma Duece will live forever.

      • .50

        With respect to Dr. Green as well, oops. Not his most elegant design, but arguably the most adopted and certainly the most… “persuasive.”

      • iksnilol

        Horrible, not very user friendly. Definitely outclassed by basically any .50 MG made in the past 80 years.

      • Joseph Goins

        I said that because Browning himself said it about the Auto-5.

        • Miguel Raton

          Perhaps because getting a long-recoil system to work reliably & gain the market penetration it did was the accomplishment?

          The Auto5 has more recoil than an 870 pump, which is just *wrong*; semi-autos should kick less, not more! Those suckers got mule blood in’em! Ugly as sin too. It was the 1st semi-auto shotgun, but far from the best. I’d rather have an Ithaca 37 instead…

  • JustAHologram

    That barrel might accidentally be 18″

    • Anonymoose

      No way, but this is in Germany, so who cares?

      • JustAHologram

        It’ll probably be within an inch

      • Oronzi

        in EU generally min length for a “long gun” barrel is 30 cm(a bit less than 12″), 60 cm overall. Some countries do have additional limits though.

        • Anonymoose

          All I know is that Joerg Sprave (the crazy slingshot guy) has an MP5SF, and I do not because of HK not selling them to American civilians, and that darn NFA. πŸ™

          • randomswede

            Other than the “short” barrel, isn’t that more down to the 1989 import regulations, “Sporting purposes test” and that?
            I’ve never understood why HK waited until 2009 to start manufacturing stateside and thus dodging the import regulations, i suspect the 1994 AWB takes center stage.

          • Anonymoose

            At least we’re getting SP5Ks in the US now…

          • iksnilol

            US import and German export laws.

        • Chris22lr

          In EU generally there’s no min/max barrel length rule, so you’re generally wrong. πŸ˜‰

          Every country has it’s own regulations – for example in Poland the differentiating factor between handgun and long gun is what is written in technical documentation (manuals etc.) or a gun shop receipt. Well, unless you have the so-called self-defence gun permit which is more specific. But for any other case, there’s no rule as what is a handgun and what isn’t.

          • Oronzi

            There are EU directive (yes, not laws which are to be made by every states but should be armonized according to that directive, therefore is not that one country states that a barrel of 35 means the gun is a pistol and another one defines it is a long gun) such as 91/477/EEC and its amendments.

    • Tierlieb

      Ridiculous fact: In that guys home country, it is okay to have a 30cm (~12″) barrel on an auto shotgun, but if it was a pump instead, it would require 45cm (~18″). Weird but true.

  • Anonymoose

    I say Whippit! Whippit good!

  • iksnilol

    9/10, would use to rob bank with.

  • Gus Butts
  • valorius

    I’m guessing that kicks like a girl who’s just been goosed from behind by a stranger. πŸ˜€

  • SP mclaughlin

    I guess it isn’t all that unbelievable for the Germans to have A-5s in Battlefield 1.

  • Jim

    Look up some of the old photos of Bonnie and Clyde when they were on the run. Clyde had at least two chopped A-5’s. He also chopped BAR’s they stole from local National Guard armories.

    • Miguel Raton

      aka “what lengths you go to when you can’t afford a Colt Monitor…” πŸ˜‰

  • Phillip Cooper

    I don’t think I’d be shooting modern ammo with 100 year old metallurgy.

    • gusto

      guns were proofed way back when, and stamped so you can know the max pressures and whatnot

      as long as it is a reputable company you are fine

      there are holland and hollands still going strong 100yrs + old

  • DIR911911 .

    soon to be seen on the walking dead

  • Jacen

    Got one of these. Old as hell. Replaced cracked forend, stock was in good shape and replaced friction rings

  • demophilus

    I vaguely remember reading about cut down Auto 5s being used in the Son Tay raid.

  • iksnilol

    So? I fired a Krag made in 1890’s , does that mean that is the best bolt action ever made? No.

    I take it you don’t really know how cumbersome keeping a M2 operative is.

    • Jake

      I know im distracting you from your porn addiction but please, educate me on your viewpoint instead of of just using unquantifable data

      • iksnilol

        Porn addiction? James Reeves is a pornstar now? I digress, I’mma go to my point: M2 Browning requires a lot of timing/headspacing which makes maintenance and barrel changes a hassle.

        Also, how dense are you to not understand my previous reply? I mean, you posted an article of an ancient M2 being still usable (after literally every part except the rectangular steel plate with the serial on it was changed) and I just compared that to my experience of an even older gun that worked (with less replacement parts to boot).