Sad end to a Browning Auto-5’s life

Hopefully the man behind the trigger ends up being alright.


According to the article, officials say a hand loaded shell may be to blame.  My additional theories include the cartridge firing out of battery, or else an obstruction in the barrel very close to the receiver.

This is what the receiver is supposed to look like:


Link to news article – HERE

More about the Browning Auto-5 – HERE

Hat Tip: SayUncle

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Paladin January 2, 2010 at 05:08 pm

Damn… that’s heartbreaking. The Browning A5 has been on my wishlist for a long time. I never seem to get around to picking one up.

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marc71 June 22, 2010 at 03:40 pm

an improperly hand-loaded shell be to blame.
to break a A5 have to be an ANIMAL

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Angel Brumsey July 28, 2010 at 07:23 am

Nice website man Thanks

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keith hughes April 17, 2011 at 04:48 pm

I have a browning auto-5 light model 12 gauge.can i buy a full turkey choke for it?Not sure what year it was made, but my father gave it to me.It has a 28″ barrel and no recoil pad.

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Andre June 27, 2011 at 02:03 am

oh my god i cant imangine what hey had loaded in this because i have an auto-5 and it was built like a tank its been thourgh the abuse of 3 generations with some fishy hand loads and still runs like a champ!!!

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Jereme March 19, 2012 at 08:51 pm

That is a Remington Sportsman not a Browning A5

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Harry June 27, 2012 at 08:00 pm

Yeppers. That is a Remington Sportsman. Two screws ahead of trigger on the bottom of the receiver are the tell tale.

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Christopher R. May 7, 2013 at 10:50 am

The gun looks old, my understanding is that it’s not a good idea to use modern ammunition in older shotguns. Maybe that was the problem?

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lyn July 24, 2013 at 06:36 pm

That’s not a Browning that is a Remington sportsman

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Eric January 1, 2014 at 12:02 am

A5’s 720’s and Model 11’s can’t fire out of battery, the firing pin will not move forward until the bolt locks up.

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marc71 November 25, 2014 at 11:53 am

An improperly hand-loaded shell can break any gun.
The A5 is a very good firearm.

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