While not a true copy of the original Browning Auto-5 semi-automatic shotgun, the recent A5 shotgun from Browning fills much of the void left behind by the venerable original. Some might contend it’s setting its own unique legacy – something which Browning is obviously pushing towards with the release of their new High-Grade Hunter.
As the name implies, the High Grade is a step up over the popular A5. Touted as a “deluxe” version, the new for 2017 model includes a rich deep blued gloss finish over scrollwork, high-gloss finish on a solid walnut stock, and the Browning gold trigger. Visually, the shotgun is stunning and the engraving and high-gloss are sure to appeal to those who view the shotgun as more than “just” a tool.
Like its standard brethren, the High-Grade Hunter features the Browning Kinematic drive, a short-recoil operated system. Browning touts the reliability and simplicity of the mechanism and guarantees it for 5 years or 100,000 rounds. (If anyone actually shoots it 100,000 rounds, I will be highly impressed). The shotgun can handle 12
The shotgun can handle 12 gauge shells up to 3″ through the shotguns’ 26″ barrel. Weight is advertised at 6 pounds and 11 ounces, which comes to about $17 / ounce at the full retail price of $1,859.99. Included in the retail price are three chokes – full, modified, and improved cylinder.
Full Details from Browning:
|Item Number 0118403005||UPC 023614443292|
|Gauge 12 Ga||Chamber Length 3″|
|Barrel Length 26″||Overall Length 47 5/8″|
|Length of Pull 14 1/4″||Drop at Comb 1 3/4″|
|Drop at Heel 2″||Weight 6 lbs 11 oz|
|Magazine Capacity 4, 2 3/4″ shells||Rib Width 1/4|
|Barrel Finish High Gloss||Stock Finish Gloss|
|Wood Grade 2.5||Chokes Included Full, Modified, Improved Cylinder|
|Receiver Finish Polished Black||Dura Touch Finish No|
|Chamber Finish Chrome Plated Chamber||Front Sight Fiber Optic|
|Choke System Invector-DS Flush||Barrel Material Steel|
|Stock Material Turkish Walnut||Recoil Pad Inflex 2, Large|
|Checkering Cut 18 LPI||Sling Swivel Studs None|
|Receiver Material Aluminum Alloy||Trigger Finish Gold Plated|
|Trigger Guard Finish Matte Black||Bolt Slide Finish Brushed Nickel|
|Magazine Type Tubular||Trigger Material Alloy|
|Trigger Guard Material Alloy||Trigger Guard Engraving Buck Mark in Gold|
|Choke Wrench Included T-Wrench||MSRP $1,859.99|