16 Gauge / 16 Bore Auto 5 Semi-Automatic Shotgun from Browning FN in Belgium. Birth place of MANY of the Top / High End options available from Browning.
27 ½” (700mm) Plain, None Ribbed Barrel with a Single Ramp Mounted Brass Front Sight Bead. Fixed Choke at approx. ½ restriction and Traditional 2 ½” (65mm) Chamber. (There REALLY is NO requirement for anything bigger. Just THINK back and ask how did anyone even ‘survive’ when that is all there was)?!
Rounded Prince of Wales Pistol Grip Stock with 14 3/8” (365mm) pull bringing in an overall length at 46 ¾” (1188mm). Scales registering a straight 7 Lbs 4 oz (3.29 Kg).
There are general overall signs of use and wear but there SHOULD be. Especially considering the serial number apparently puts this gun to a 1924 production. (28683).
Anyone not particularly well into engineering and design needs to take one of these apart. These guns ARE THAT WELL MADE they will convert you. Also bear in mind the genius that was John Browning. The FACT that he designed and produced this, the very first reliable semi-automatic self-loading shotgun in the world. That every other gun since is basically a spin off from his original. Also that the 16 Gauge is technically the ‘perfect’ calibre for shotgun too. These older guns even have corresponding last two digit serial numbers to the main action screws. All held perfectly in place with locking grub screws.
These older examples feature the Trigger Guard mounted push forward / back Manual Safety button. Magazine cut off lever and all finished with its Original Pressed Buffalo Horn Butt Plate with Full Logo Detail.
There are NO REAL marks or blemishes of any note to detail. Yes, patination to the metal work in general but still a MORE than clean enough example of this Iconic gun. Woodwork is in generally similar and Good condition too. Chequering is showing its use so far but is still perfectly good to use exactly as is. Also easily adjusted to shoot heavy or light loads depending on how the friction ring collars are set up on the magazine tube.
The new A5 options are GREAT guns but nowhere even close the build quality of these older / originals. Even so they come with a 100,000 shot warranty. As such pretty sure this will still cope with that number and more still. Overall this shows minimal signs of much use since new.
More than a fair chance, even likelihood this will still be working well into the next century!