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Old 01-20-2016, 09:29 PM   #1
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Default A5 Sweet 16 Revival

Remember this Browning model ?

http://www.outdoorchannel.com/article.aspx?id=35275&articletype=article&key=Brow ning-A5-Sweet-16-Revival
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Old 01-21-2016, 12:36 AM   #2
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Wonderful to see a great model revived! Wish I hadn't had to pawn my early 50s model Yeats ago. Just wish they were still belgium made.
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It's an inertia, not recoil operated gun if that matters to you.
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Browning A-5 Sweet 16 was a classic made by FN. I expect this new FN is made in Japan.
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Thanks be to God that it has a walnut stock. I have yet to see one of the new A-5s that isnt.
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Browning A-5 Sweet 16 was a classic made by FN. I expect this new FN is made in Japan.


Browning has reintroduced the Auto-5 Sweet Sixteen shotgun chambered in the in-between 16 gauge.

Browning just dropped a big announcement only a few days before the kickoff of SHOT Show 2016: the return of the Auto-5 "Sweet Sixteen" shotgun.

The venerable A5 autoloading shotgun made its own return only a few years ago after production ceased in 1998, and will now be offered in the classic 16 gauge chambering. The shotgun, like its predecessor, will be built on a smaller, lighter receiver than its 12-gauge brethren.

According to Browning, “The new Browning A5 makes better use of kinetic energy with its powerful, short recoil-operated Kinematic Drive System. Kinematic Drive harnesses recol energy and converts it into the mechanical motion needed to operate the action.”

What all that means is the A5 will reliable cycle any load, from the lightest target rounds to the heaviest magnum shells.

The A5 Sweet Sixteen has a walnut stock and forearm witha pistol grip and 18 lines-per-inch checkering. Also includes are 1/4- and 1/2-inch stock spacers for length of pull adjustments.

The humpback receiver of the A5 Sweet Sixteen.

The shotgun ships with three Invector-DS chokes and a 26- or 28-inch barrel. It has an MSRP of $1,699.99.

The original Sweet Sixteen, which Browning made from 1937 to 1975, was prized for its ease of carrying and handling, similar to a smaller 20 gauge, but hit with near-12 gauge authority. Miroku took over production of the A5 in Japan from 1975 to 1998, when it was discontinued until Browning resurrected it in 2014. Current A5s are still manufactured by Miroku.
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The A5 is not the same as the old Auto 5. Totally different action. My buddy got one; he's an old Auto 5 lover. He hasn't decided if he is going to keep it or not, but he has done a lot of complaining about the differences. It does look good with the wood stock if you like the humpback.
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I am old and stubborn. I will stay with the FN Browning's I have always owned. The Old Sweet 16 or A-5 12 ga. guns are a delight to own and shoot. Having "Made in Japan" on an A-5 does not look proper.
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The Belgian A5 S16 is a classic there is no doubt.
But don't let the "made in Japan fool you.
The Miroku Company since 1893 in Japan makes top notch shotguns like the Browning Citori, since 1973 and made the Charles Daly until it went out of business in 2010 and is still making quality shotguns.
Was stationed at Camp Zama in Japan about 25 years ago and had the opportunity to buy a Miroku "My Luck model OT" over and under at a ridiculous price because of Japanese gun owner regulations and have been offered $1K for it.

It's workmanship is just about as good as any shotgun manufacturer produces.

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We've all grown up asking when we see a browning, if it's belgium, but book values are quickly equalizing between the belgium and the miroku browning a5's
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