Kinematic Drive — A5 Shotguns

A5 semi-auto shotgun Kinematic Drive logo.

In its simplest term, kinetic energy is the energy of motion. The new Browning A5 semi-auto shotgun makes better use of kinetic energy with its powerful, short recoil-operated Kinematic Drive System. Kinematic Drive harnesses recoil energy and converts it into the mechanical motion needed to operate the action. This concept is tried and true, and now perfected by the company that broke ground first with autoloading shotguns. The beauty of Kinematic Drive is the simplicity of design that results in consistent, reliable function with a wide variety of loads and under the full extremes of weather, temperature, moisture and grime.

We believe the new Kinematic Drive is so reliable that the A5 is the first-ever autoloading shotgun to carry a 100,000-round or five-year guarantee. This gun is designed to work, come hell or high water. Operation is clean because gases are sent out the barrel and away from the action. There’s also extreme load versatility. The extensively tested Kinematic Drive offers reliable performance with virtually all loads down to 1 ounce field loads with a 3" chamber (1 1/8" oz. for 3 1/2" chambers) with no adjustments. The photo below shows how the new A5 harnesses recoil energy.

  • Top — Gun is at rest
  • Middle — Gun fires and the internal spring accumulates recoil energy
  • Bottom — The spring bounces back, unlocking and cycling the action.
A5 semi-auto shotgun Kinematic Drive diagram.