Browning Goes Up-Market With New High Grade Hunter A5 Shotgun

    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



    Nathan S

    One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

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