Return of the Sweet Sixteen

    Browning Sweet Sixteen

    The Sweet Sixteen shotgun was one of the iconic scattergun models made by Browning in the last century. Built between 1936 and 1976, the 16 gauge semi-automatics were adored by many hunters who liked the lighter gun that produced near 12 gauge performance. Even though the 16 gauge has fallen out of favor with many, these guns are still sought by many collectors and hunters.

    Good news for anyone who would like to have a modern Sweet Sixteen: Browning returned the shotgun to its catalog for 2016.

    Sweet Sixteen

    The modern A5 Sweet Sixteen is a semi-automatic shotgun that uses the company’s short recoil operated Kinematic Drive. Browning claims the system is extremely reliable with any load and in any field condition. The company backs it with a five year/100,000 round guarantee. Sounds a bit like a car warranty, but there it is.

    On this shotgun, Browning opted for a 28″ barrel with a vented rib. Both the barrel and aluminum alloy receiver are finished in a polished black. Invector-DS Flush chokes are used and full, modified and improved cylinder chokes are included. A 26″ barrel model should be introduced later this year.

    Additional details (28″ model):

    • overall length: 49.25″
    • weight: 5 lbs, 13 oz
    • magazine capacity: 4
    • stock: Turkish walnut with gloss finish and Inflex 2 recoil pad
    • gold plated trigger, cut 18 LPI checkering, brushed nickel bolt finish, gold engraved Buck Mark on trigger guard

    Browning puts the suggested retail price at $1,699.

    Richard Johnson

    An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is