American Rifleman Magazine Editors Love the Browning A5.
Release Date: 4/17/2014
Review of article found in the NRA's American Rifleman magazine. American Rifleman, 2014 --
"Handling-wise, one couldn’t ask for more," noted the NRA’s Technical Editors.
The name Browning has ben synonymous with the autoloading shotgun for more than a century, and rightfully so. (It outta be. John M. Browning actually invented the thing.) The latest autoloading shotgun to wear this legendary name is the Browning A5 with a 3½” chamber, fully capable of lofting a hefty payload to reach high-flying waterfowl or reaching out to stop a strutting tom dead in his tracks.
“Handling-wise, one couldn’t ask for more,’”
As reported in the April 2014 issue of American Rifleman, the NRA’s Technical Editors were immediately impressed with the A5’s Kinematic Inertia Drive system. This recoil operated action “…has two real advantages: It is very clean and; and inertia systems, with few moving parts, are highly reliable.” (Heck, reliability is the A5’s forte. That’s why is comes with a 5-year or 100,000 round guarantee.)
The NRA Editors noted that recoil operated autoloaders don’t have the recoil attenuation inherent in a gas operated system, but found the A5’s “…high-tech Inflex II recoil pad…softens both the rearward motion and upward recoil into the shooter’s cheek.” Even with 1-1/8th ounce steel payloads screaming along at nearly 1600 FPS, they found the A5’s felt recoil “…was quite acceptable.”
Backboring comes standard on the Browning A5 (and on virtually every other current Browning scattergun in both 12 and 20 gauge). The NRA Editors even took a page from American Rifleman history, noting that back in 1920 another NRA Technical Editor, Colonel (then Captain) Charles Askins, did extensive testing on the 12 gauge and found that “…overboring barrels to .740” produced the most even and dense patterns, particularly with large pellets such as BB, No.2 and No. 4, which are the choices of waterfowl hunters.” That finding is as true today as it was nearly a century ago. The A5, like every current Browning 12 gauge scattergun sports a precision barrel backbored to .742”.
"The Inflex II recoil pad…softens both the rearward motion
and upward recoil into the shooter’s cheek.”
The A5 also comes with the latest Invector-DS choke tubes. These innovative long-form tubes have a double gas-seal system that keeps both the tube and the barrel threads cleaner to help make changing tubes a snap, on the range, in the blind or in the field. Three DS tubes (Full, IC and Modified) come standard with the A5.
Not content to merely shoot this powerful goose-buster at the pattern board, the NRA Editors took it out to Alberta for a waterfowl hunt. They noted that “The A5 seemed like a bodily extension that followed our eyes and produced many memorable shots.”
If there is a spot in your gun rack just aching to be filled with a new 3½” gander-hammer and tom-thumper, fill it with a new Browning A5. See more by clicking here. To find a Browning dealer click here.
You can see the full American Rifleman article at http://www.americanrifleman.org/articles/review-browning-a5
Review Copyright Browning 2014. Original article copyright American Rifleman magazine 2014. Review written by Browning staff writer, Scott Engen.