Browning A-5 Gunsmith Visit

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  1. sheriffjohn

    sheriffjohn Well-Known Member Supporter

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    After falling and knocking a chip off the toe of my Model 42 Winchester, I drove to Hillsboro Missouri to Art Isaacson's Gunsmithing. He modified my grandfather's 16-gauge Auto-5 many years ago to use the longer modern ammo, so I figured he was the one I wanted to work on my little .410. Not cheap but I trust them.

    Here's what I learned - Browning no longer services A-5's. Parts are to the point Art is stripping out some to fix others. Repair/restoration orders at his shop are backed up to about 300 jobs with three men working when I was there. Several hundred A-5 barreled actions were neatly hanging on hooks, re-blued, awaiting assembly and stock work. What I saw was very well done with attention to detail . 2-3 month wait due to the volume.

    The shop is located behind the house, about 45 minutes outside St. Louis. Nice fellows to talk with and he does reply to emails.
     
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    A5s are one of my favorites, I almost made the mistake of buying a sweet 16 with a 2 9/16 inch chamber. I didnt know they could make them shoot 2 3/4
     

  3. sheriffjohn

    sheriffjohn Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Yup. Don't know what the job costs today. There was more to it than just lengthening the chamber. Still have a half-case of the shorter shells Pop bought in the 40's.
     
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