®
A5 SHOTGUN
OWNER’S
MANUAL
Important operating instructions for:
C O N T E N T S P A G E
BROWNING A5®
AUTOLOADING SHOTGUNS
State Warning............................................................................................2
WARNING: You are Responsible for Firearms Safety............................2
General Description and Operation........................................................9
Nomenclature..........................................................................................10
Serial Number.........................................................................................10
Initial Cleaning........................................................................................10
Operation of the “Safety”.......................................................................12
Bolt Latch................................................................................................13
Assembly..................................................................................................13
Disassembly.............................................................................................16
Ammunition............................................................................................17
Magazine Capacity..................................................................................19
Three-Shot Adaptor (Plug)....................................................................19
Loading....................................................................................................22
Firing.......................................................................................................25
Unloading................................................................................................26
Interchangeable Choke Tube System.....................................................28
Adjusting Length of Pull........................................................................32
Adjusting Cast and Drop at Comb........................................................34
Extra Barrels............................................................................................37
Cleaning and Maintenance Suggestions................................................38
Removal of the Trigger Group...............................................................41
Maintenance of the Slide Assembly.......................................................43
Lubricating the Action Tube and Spring...............................................52
Maintenance of Oil Finish Stocks..........................................................55
Models with Special Finishes.................................................................55
Service or Repair.....................................................................................56
If you have any questions about your new firearm, this
owner’s manual or other Browning products, contact:
Browning Customer Service
One Browning Place
Morgan, UT 84050-9326
Phone: (800) 333-3288
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Please use the space below to record information about
your new firearm.
Model ___________________________________________________
Serial Number_____________________________________________
Purchased From___________________________________________
Date of Purchase___________________________________________
THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING A
BROWNING A5 SHOTGUN.
The A5 shotgun represents the most advanced recoil-operated
technology available in autoloading shotguns. A5 shotguns combine
the best of traditional Browning craftsmanship with state-of-the-art
design and manufacturing. Every detail of the A5 shotgun is
engineered to provide you the best in reliable operation and handling.
With a reasonable amount of care, your A5 shotgun is designed
to give you many years of dependable, enjoyable service.
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S TAT E WA R N I N G
According to state law, California requires that firearm manufacturers,
distributors and retailers include conspicuous, specific warnings with
firearms sold in that state.
Please read and understand all of the cautions, warnings, notices,
proper handling procedures and instructions outlined in this owner’s
manual before using your new firearm.
1 ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE OF YOUR FIREARM POINTED IN A SAFE
DIRECTION EVEN THOUGH YOU ARE CERTAIN IT IS UNLOADED.
Never point any firearm at anything you do not intend to shoot.
Be extremely alert and aware of all persons and property within
the range of your ammunition.
2 NEVER RELY TOTALLY ON YOUR FIREARM’S MECHANICAL “SAFETY”
DEVICE. LIKE ANY MECHANICAL DEVICE, A “SAFETY” CAN SOMETIMES
FAIL; IT CAN BE JARRED OR INADVERTENTLY MANIPULATED INTO AN
UNSAFE CONDITION.
The word “safety” describes a firearm’s trigger block mechanism,
sear block mechanism, hammer block mechanism or firing pin
block mechanism. Mechanical “safeties” are designed to place your
firearm in a safer status, and no guarantee can be made that the
firearm will not fire even if the “safety” is in the on safe position.
Mechanical “safeties” merely aid safe gun handling and are no
excuse for pointing your firearm’s muzzle in an unsafe direction.
See “Operation of the Safety” on pages 12-13 for instructions on
the operation of this firearm’s “safety.”
WA R N I N G : Y O U A R E R E S P O N S I B L E
FOR FIREARMS SAFETY
Remember, safe gun handling does not stop with your firearm’s
mechanical “safety” devices, it starts there. Always treat this firearm
with the respect due a loaded, ready-to-fire firearm.
Some firearms do not have a mechanical “safety.” Many target
firearms, lever-action firearms and pistols do not have manual
“safety” mechanisms. Therefore it is critical to read and
understand the owner’s manual for every firearm which explains
the safe operation of the firearm.
While it is a good idea to test your firearm’s mechanical “safety”
periodically for proper function, never test the “safety” while your
firearm is loaded or pointed in an unsafe direction.
FAILURE TO FOLLOW ANY OF THE FOLLOWING WARNINGS COULD RESULT
IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
As a gun owner, you accept a set of demanding responsibilities. How
seriously you take these responsibilities can be the difference between
life and death.
There is no excuse for careless or abusive handling of any firearm.
At all times handle this firearm and all other firearms with intense
respect for their power and potential danger.
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3 WHENEVER YOU HANDLE ANY FIREARM, OR HAND IT TO SOMEONE,
ALWAYS OPEN THE ACTION IMMEDIATELY AND VISUALLY CHECK THE
FIREARM’S CHAMBER TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT THE FIREARM IS
COMPLETELY UNLOADED.
Make certain the firearm does not inadvertently contain any
ammunition. Remember, merely removing the magazine does
not mean the chamber is unloaded. Always keep the chamber
empty and the “safety” in the on safe position unless shooting
is imminent.
4 ALWAYS WEAR EAR AND EYE PROTECTION WHEN SHOOTING.
Unprotected, repeated exposure to gunfire can cause hearing
damage. Wear hearing protection (shooting earplugs or muffs)
to guard against such damage.
Wear shooting glasses to protect your eyes from flying particles.
Allow proper distance (eye relief) between a scope and your
eye when firing a scoped rifle, shotgun or pistol. Do not use
unorthodox shooting methods that could cause the rearward travel
of the slide or bolt of a firearm to contact your eyes, face or hands.
Always keep a safe distance between the muzzle of your firearm
and any persons nearby, as muzzle blast, debris and ejecting shells
could inflict serious injury.
Always wear eye protection when disassembling and cleaning any
firearm to prevent the possibility of springs, spring-tensioned
parts, solvents or other agents from contacting your eyes.
7 HUNTING FROM ELEVATED SURFACES SUCH AS TREESTANDS
IS DANGEROUS.
Doing so may increase the risk of mishandling a firearm. The
following rules should always be observed by you and those you
hunt with. Always make certain that the stand being used is safe
and stable. Always make certain that your firearm is unloaded
when it is being taken up and down from the stand. Always make
certain that your firearm is not dropped from the stand, or
dropped while it is being taken up or down from the stand.
Remember, a loaded firearm may discharge when dropped,
even with the “safety” in the on safe position.
8 STORE YOUR FIREARM AND AMMUNITION SEPARATELY, WELL BEYOND
THE REACH OF CHILDREN.
Take prudent safeguards to ensure your firearm does not become
available to untrained, inexperienced or unwelcome hands. Store
all firearms in secure, locked cases or a gun safe. Keep your firearm
unloaded when not in use.
9 BEWARE OF BARREL OBSTRUCTIONS.
Mud, snow and an infinite variety of other objects may
inadvertently lodge in a barrel bore. It only takes a small
obstruction to cause dangerously increased pressures that
can damage your firearm and cause serious injury to yourself
and others.
BEFORE CHECKING FOR A BARREL OBSTRUCTION, BE CERTAIN
YOUR FIREARM IS COMPLETELY UNLOADED, THERE IS NOT A
LIVE SHELL IN THE CHAMBER AND THE “SAFETY” IS IN THE
ON SAFE POSITION.
After assuring yourself that the firearm is completely unloaded,
open the breech or action and look through the barrel to be sure it
is clear of obstructions. If an obstruction is seen, no matter how
small it may be, clean the bore with a cleaning rod and patch as
described on pages 38-41 of this owner’s manual.
5 KEEP ALL FIREARMS UNLOADED DURING TRANSPORT, EVEN
WHEN STORED IN A HOLSTER, GUN CASE, SCABBARD OR
OTHER CONTAINER.
6 DROPPING OR JARRING A LOADED FIREARM CAN CAUSE
ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE.
This can occur even with the “safety” in the on safe position. Be
extremely careful while hunting or during any shooting activity
to avoid dropping any firearm.
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10 BE ALERT TO THE SIGNS OF AMMUNITION MALFUNCTION. IF YOU
DETECT AN OFF SOUND OR LIGHT RECOIL WHEN A SHELL IS FIRED,
DO NOT LOAD ANOTHER SHELL INTO THE CHAMBER.
If your firearm fails to fire, keep the muzzle pointed in a safe
direction for a minimum of 30 seconds. Rotate the ejection area of
the firearm away from you, carefully open the action and remove
the shell from the chamber. If the primer is indented, the defective
shell should be disposed of in a way that cannot cause harm. If the
primer is not indented, your firearm should be examined by a
qualified gunsmith and the cause of the malfunction corrected
before further use. Glance down the barrel to make sure that no
obstructions remain in the barrel. Completely clear the barrel
before loading and firing again. Failure to follow these instructions
can cause extensive damage to your firearm and possible serious
injury to yourself and others.
11 NEVER INSERT A SHELL OF THE INCORRECT GAUGE INTO
ANY FIREARM.
The gauge of your firearm is marked on the barrel. Store all shells
of different gauges in completely separate and well-marked
containers. Never store shells of mixed gauges in a common
container or in your pockets. See pages 17-19 for more
information on the correct ammunition for your firearm.
12 EXAMINE EVERY SHELL YOU PUT IN YOUR FIREARM.
We assume no responsibility for the use of unsafe or improper
firearm and ammunition combinations or damage or injury
caused by damaged ammunition. It is your responsibility
to read and heed all warnings in this owner’s manual and on
ammunition boxes. See pages 17-19 for more information on
the correct ammunition for your firearm.
13 USE ONLY SAAMI APPROVED AMMUNITION.
The barrel and action of this firearm have been made with
substantial safety margins beyond the pressures developed by
established American commercial loads. Nevertheless, we can
assume no liability for incidents which occur through the use of
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shells of nonstandard dimensions or which develop pressures
in excess of commercially available ammunition which has been
loaded in accordance with standards established by the Sporting
Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute (SAAMI).
14 MAKE SURE OF ADEQUATE VENTILATION IN THE AREA THAT YOU
DISCHARGE A FIREARM. LEAD EXPOSURE CAN OCCUR FROM
DISCHARGING FIREARMS IN POORLY VENTILATED AREAS, CLEANING
FIREARMS OR HANDLING AMMUNITION.
Lead is a substance that has been known to cause birth defects,
reproductive harm and other serious injury. Wash hands
thoroughly after exposure to ammunition or after cleaning
a firearm.
15 DO NOT SNAP THE FIRING PIN ON AN EMPTY CHAMBER; THE
CHAMBER MAY NOT BE EMPTY!
Treat every firearm with the respect due a loaded firearm,
even though you are certain the firearm is unloaded.
16 KEEP YOUR FINGERS AWAY FROM THE TRIGGER WHILE LOADING
AND UNLOADING UNTIL SHOOTING IS IMMINENT.
17 BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET AND BACKSTOP, PARTICULARLY
DURING LOW LIGHT PERIODS.
Know the range of your ammunition. Never shoot at water or
hard objects.
18 ALWAYS UNLOAD YOUR FIREARM’S CHAMBER BEFORE CROSSING
A FENCE, CLIMBING A TREE, JUMPING A DITCH OR NEGOTIATING
OTHER OBSTACLES.
Never place your firearm on or against a fence, tree, car or other
similar object.
19 BE DEFENSIVE AND ON GUARD AGAINST UNSAFE GUN
HANDLING AROUND YOU AND OTHERS.
Don’t be timid when it comes to firearms safety. If you observe
other shooters violating any of these safety precautions, politely
suggest safer handling practices.
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20 BE CERTAIN YOUR FIREARM IS UNLOADED BEFORE CLEANING.
Because so many firearm accidents occur when a firearm is being
cleaned, special and extreme care should be taken to be sure your
firearm is unloaded before disassembly, cleaning and reassembly.
Keep ammunition away from the cleaning location. Never test the
mechanical function of any firearm with live ammunition.
25 WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE SERVICE ON FIREARMS THAT
HAVE BEEN ALTERED, ADDED TO OR SUBSTANTIALLY CHANGED.
Removal of metal from the barrel, or modifications of the firing
mechanism and/or operating parts, may lead to a refusal of service
on such firearms. We will charge you for parts and labor to return
the firearm to original specifications.
21 TEACH AND SUPERVISE FIREARMS SAFETY TO ALL MEMBERS OF
YOUR FAMILY, ESPECIALLY TO CHILDREN AND NON-SHOOTERS.
Closely supervise newcomers to the shooting sports. Encourage
enrollment in hunting and shooting safety courses.
22 NEVER DRINK ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES OR TAKE ANY TYPE
OF DRUGS BEFORE OR DURING SHOOTING.
Your vision, motor skills and judgment could be dangerously
impaired, making your gun handling unsafe to you and to others.
23 READ AND HEED ALL WARNINGS IN THIS OWNER’S MANUAL, ON
AMMUNITION BOXES AND WITH ALL ACCESSORIES THAT YOU INSTALL
ON YOUR FIREARM.
It is your responsibility to secure the most up-to-date information
on the safe handling procedures of your Browning firearm. We
assume no liability for incidents which occur when unsafe or
improper firearm accessories or ammunition combinations
are used.
24 PRACTICE PERIODIC MAINTENANCE, AVOID UNAUTHORIZED SERVICING.
Your firearm is a mechanical device which will not last forever,
and as such, is subject to wear and requires periodic inspection,
adjustment and service. Browning firearms should be serviced by
a Browning Recommended Service Center or by our Service
Facility in Arnold, Missouri. We assume no responsibility for
injuries suffered or caused by unauthorized servicing, alterations
or modifications of Browning firearms.
DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, ALTER THE TRIGGER, SAFETY
OR OTHER PARTS OF THE FIRING MECHANISM OF THIS OR ANY
OTHER FIREARM. FAILURE TO OBEY THIS WARNING MAY RESULT IN
INJURY OR DEATH TO YOURSELF OR OTHERS.
BE CAREFUL!
G E N E R A L D E S C R I P T I O N A N D O P E R AT I O N
The Browning A5 is a recoil-operated autoloading shotgun capable of
quickly firing up to five shells (with the three-shot adaptor removed,
using 2¾" loads), one shell at a time, with each successive pull of the
trigger. Upon firing, recoil acts upon the slide assembly and
compresses the recoil spring. When the energy from the recoil spring
is released, the energy causes the slide to travel rearward, unlocking
the bolt from the barrel and cycling the action. As the slide assembly
moves rearward, it cocks the hammer and ejects the fired shell. After
full rearward travel, the slide assembly returns forward, picks up a new
shell from the magazine and chambers it. After the last shell has been
fired, the slide assembly locks to the rear for faster reloading.
FIGURE 1
Buttstock
Receiver
Bolt
Latch
“Safety”
Recoil Pad
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Bolt Handle
Trigger
Rib
Barrel
Front Sight
Muzzle
Forearm
Magazine Cap
Bolt Release Button
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C L EA N IN G PA RT S W IT H S P EC IA L F IN IS H ES
FIGURE 2
Barrel
Barrel Extension
Barrel Bracket
Bolt Handle
Forearm
Magazine Cap
Slide Assembly
Magazine Spring
Receiver
Buttstock
Trigger Group
Recoil Pad
Trigger Group Pins
Magazine
Follower
Magazine Spring Retainer
Three-Shot Adaptor (Plug)
N O M E N C L AT U R E
In conventional firearm terminology the position and movement of
firearm parts are described as they occur with the firearm horizontal
and in the normal firing position: i.e., the muzzle is forward or in
front; the buttstock is rearward or to the rear; the trigger is downward
or underneath; the rib is upward or on top. For general parts
nomenclature, refer to Figure 1 on page 9. For specific parts names
related to disassembly, refer to Figure 2.
SERIAL NUMBER
The serial number of your A5 shotgun is found on the right side
of the receiver, below the bolt release button. Record this number
in the space provided at the front of this owner's manual for
future reference.
Be especially careful when cleaning firearms with camouflage,
Dura-Touch® Armor Coating and other special finishes. Always
prevent these surfaces from coming in contact with cleaning solvents,
barrel scrubbers and other strong chemicals. It is preferable to clean
these surfaces with a lightweight gun oil containing no solvents, or
with a damp cloth and mild dish soap (be sure to keep water out of
the action). When cleaning your firearm’s bore and action, protect the
external finishes from any contact with chemicals used. Also, avoid
any contact between external finishes and other strong chemicals like
those found in DEET-containing insect repellents, sunscreens, etc.
Damage to camouflage, Dura-Touch and other finishes caused by
chemicals is irreversible and not repairable.
C L EA N IN G
Various exposed metal parts of your new firearm have been
coated at the factory with a rust preventative compound. Before
assembling your shotgun, clean the anti-rust compound from the
inside of the barrel, receiver and the action/chamber areas. A highquality lightweight gun oil is ideal for removing this compound, and
for giving your new firearm its first lubrication. Place a drop of
lightweight gun oil on both sides of the inside of the receiver on the
rails on which the slide assembly moves (Figure 3). Clean the barrel
using a cleaning rod and patch as
FIGURE 3
explained under “Cleaning the
Barrel” on pages 39-40.
INITIAL CLEANING
PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION BEFORE CLEANING
YOUR FIREARM.
Lightly lubricate the slide assembly rails inside
the receiver.
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FIGURE 4
FIGURE 5
The “safety” can be reversed from right- to left-handed by a
qualified gunsmith. When installed, the left-handed “safety” will
have the “safety” button’s red warning band on the right side of
the trigger guard.
B O LT L AT C H
The A5 shotgun features a bolt latch mounted just forward of the
trigger guard, on the bottom of the shotgun. The bolt latch performs
two functions:
The “safety” shown in the on safe position.
The “safety” shown in the off safe position.
O P E R AT I O N O F T H E “ S A F E T Y ”
ALWAYS KEEP THE “SAFETY” IN THE ON SAFE POSITION UNLESS
SHOOTING IS IMMINENT. ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED IN A
SAFE DIRECTION. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE WARNINGS COULD
RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
The “safety” is designed to prevent the trigger from being pulled when
in the on safe position. The “safety” is located at the rear of the trigger
guard. In the off safe position, a red warning band is visible on the
safety button on the left side of the trigger guard.
To place the firearm on safe, press the “safety” button to the right
(Figure 4).
To move the “safety” to the off safe or fire position, press the safety
button to the left. This exposes the red warning band on the “safety”
button (Figure 5).
DO NOT DEPEND ON THE RED COLOR ALONE TO INDICATE YOUR
FIREARM’S SAFETY STATUS. TIME, EXPOSURE TO THE ELEMENTS, AND
THE ABRASIVE ACTION OF CLEANING AGENTS CAN ERASE IT. FAILURE TO
FOLLOW THIS WARNING COULD RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
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• Allows the slide assembly to be locked in the open position when
the magazine is unloaded.
• Releases a shell from the magazine to be loaded into
the chamber.
In order to lock the slide assembly in the open position or release a
shell for the magazine to be chambered, the bolt latch must be slid
rearward before pulling the bolt handle completely rearward.
A S S E M B LY
ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION. BEFORE
STARTING ASSEMBLY PROCEDURES, VISUALLY INSPECT THE CHAMBER
AND MAGAZINE TO BE ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN THE FIREARM IS
COMPLETELY UNLOADED. PLACE THE “SAFETY” IN THE ON SAFE
POSITION. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THIS WARNING COULD RESULT IN
SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
The A5 shotgun is delivered in the box with the barrel removed from
the receiver. Assemble the A5 according to the following procedures.
1 Lock the slide assembly rearward by first sliding the bolt latch
to the rear, then pulling the bolt handle fully to the rear as
explained above.
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FIGURE 6
FIGURE 7
FIGURE 9
FIGURE 10
Before assembly, unscrew the magazine cap
and remove the forearm retainer.
Angle the forearm onto the front of the barrel
bracket and push the forearm forward.
Slide the barrel and forearm over the magazine
tube and insert the barrel extension into
the receiver.
Press and hold the barrel down and install the
magazine cap.
NEVER ALLOW THE ACTION TO SLAM CLOSED BY PRESSING THE BOLT
RELEASE BUTTON WITHOUT THE BARREL INSTALLED. IF THE SLIDE
ASSEMBLY IS RELEASED FORWARD WITH THE BARREL REMOVED, THE
BOLT HANDLE WILL STRIKE THE RECEIVER AND CAUSE DAMAGE.
5 Angle the front of the forearm over the barrel bracket slightly,
then push the forearm completely onto the barrel bracket
(Figure 7, page 14). When the forearm is completely on the
barrel bracket, press the rear of the forearm into place on the
barrel (Figure 8, page 14).
2 Unscrew the magazine cap by turning it counterclockwise.
3 Remove the forearm from the magazine tube.
DO NOT SQUEEZE THE OPEN REAR END OF A WOOD FOREARM. TOO
MUCH PRESSURE COULD CAUSE THE WOOD TO SPLIT.
DO NOT SQUEEZE HARD ON THE
OPEN REAR END OF A WOOD
FOREARM. TOO MUCH PRESSURE
COULD CAUSE THE WOOD TO SPLIT.
6 Slide the barrel and forearm over the magazine tube. Align the
barrel extension and forearm studs with the recesses in the front
of the receiver. The barrel extension should slip solidly into the
receiver (Figure 9).
4 Remove the forearm retainer
by sliding it forward and out
of the forearm (Figure 6).
Save the forearm retainer for
future use as it helps prevent
damage to the receiver and
forearm when the barrel is
not installed on the shotgun.
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FIGURE 8
7 Continue to apply pressure on the barrel, pushing it into
the receiver, while installing the magazine cap by turning it
clockwise (Figure 10).
When the forearm is completely forward, snap
the rear of it into position on the barrel.
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D I S A S S E M B LY
FIGURE 11
FIGURE 12
Remove the forearm using this method.
Do not remove the forearm using this method.
You may damage the forearm.
ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION. BEFORE
STARTING DISASSEMBLY PROCEDURES, OPEN THE ACTION AND VISUALLY
INSPECT THE CHAMBER AND MAGAZINE TO BE ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN THE
FIREARM IS COMPLETELY UNLOADED. PLACE THE “SAFETY” IN THE ON
SAFE POSITION. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THIS WARNING COULD RESULT IN
SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
1 Lock the slide assembly rearward by first sliding the bolt latch to
the rear, then pulling the bolt handle fully to the rear as explained
on page 13.
NEVER ALLOW THE ACTION TO SLAM CLOSED BY PRESSING THE BOLT
RELEASE BUTTON WITHOUT THE BARREL INSTALLED. IF THE SLIDE
ASSEMBLY IS RELEASED FORWARD WITH THE BARREL REMOVED, THE
BOLT HANDLE WILL STRIKE THE RECEIVER AND CAUSE DAMAGE.
5 For cleaning, follow the guidelines in “Cleaning and Maintenance
Suggestions” beginning on page 38.
For storage, install the forearm retainer into the front of the
forearm. Slide the forearm over the magazine tube and install the
magazine cap. You will then have two compact units: the barrel,
and the action with stock and forearm.
2 Unscrew the magazine cap by turning it counterclockwise.
3 Remove the forearm and barrel together by pulling them forward
and off the magazine tube.
4 Remove the forearm from the barrel by carefully pulling the
rear of the forearm away from the barrel slightly as shown in
Figure 11 (page 17), then sliding the forearm to the rear and
off the barrel bracket.
WHEN REMOVING THE FOREARM DO NOT PULL THE REAR OF THE
FOREARM MORE THAN 1" FROM THE BARREL, OR SLIDE THE FOREARM
OFF THE REAR OF THE BARREL BEFORE PULLING IT AWAY FROM THE
BARREL, YOU MAY DAMAGE THE FOREARM. WHEN REMOVING, DO NOT
REMOVE THE FOREARM AS SHOWN IN FIGURE 12 ON PAGE 17.
DO NOT SQUEEZE THE OPEN REAR END OF A WOOD FOREARM. TOO
MUCH PRESSURE COULD CAUSE THE WOOD TO SPLIT.
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AFTER THE BARREL HAS BEEN REMOVED, LEAVE THE SLIDE ASSEMBLY
IN THE REARWARD POSITION. DO NOT PRESS THE BOLT RELEASE
BUTTON. IF THE SLIDE ASSEMBLY IS RELEASED FORWARD WITH THE
BARREL REMOVED, THE BOLT HANDLE WILL STRIKE THE RECEIVER,
CAUSING DAMAGE.
AMMUNITION
USE ONLY SHELLS OF THE CORRECT GAUGE AND LENGTH. THE GAUGE
AND LENGTH OF THE CHAMBER IS INSCRIBED ON THE SIDE OF THE
BARREL. DO NOT USE AMMUNITION OTHER THAN WHAT IS INSCRIBED
ON THE SIDE OF THE BARREL. EXAMINE EVERY SHELL YOU PUT IN YOUR
SHOTGUN. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THIS WARNING COULD RESULT IN
SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
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USE SHELLS OF THE CORRECT LENGTH. DO NOT USE 3" OR 3½" SHELLS
IN A BARREL WITH A 2¾" CHAMBER, OR 3½" SHELLS IN A BARREL WITH
A 3" CHAMBER. DOING SO CAN RESULT IN A BUILDUP OF DANGEROUSLY
HIGH PRESSURES. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THIS WARNING COULD RESULT
IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
DO NOT PUT A 16 OR 20 GAUGE SHELL IN A 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN. DO
NOT PUT A 28 GAUGE SHELL IN A 20 GAUGE SHOTGUN. DO NOT PUT A
.410 BORE SHELL IN A 28 GAUGE SHOTGUN. NEVER PUT METALLIC
CARTRIDGES OF ANY KIND IN A SHOTGUN. SPECIFICALLY, NEVER PUT
CENTERFIRE RIFLE OR PISTOL CARTRIDGES IN A SHOTGUN CHAMBERED
FOR .410 BORE. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THIS WARNING COULD RESULT IN
SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
USING INCORRECT AMMUNITION MAY CAUSE YOUR FIREARM TO
MALFUNCTION AND COULD SEVERELY DAMAGE YOUR FIREARM. ALWAYS
TAKE CARE TO USE THE CORRECT AMMUNITION IN YOUR FIREARM.
The most certain way to bulge or rupture a shotgun barrel is to load
a smaller gauge shell into a larger gauge chamber. The smaller gauge
shell will not fall completely through the barrel; its rim is caught by
the front of a larger gauge chamber or at the larger gauge’s choke.
Your shotgun will misfire (with the chamber appearing to be empty).
It is then possible to load the correct gauge shell behind the smaller
gauge shell. If the shotgun is then fired, the result will be a so-called
“12-16, 12-20, 20-28 or 28-.410 burst” which can cause extensive
damage to your shotgun and possible serious injury to you and others.
We can assume no responsibility for incidents which occur through
the use of shells of nonstandard dimension or those developing
pressures in excess of SAAMI (Sporting Arms and Ammunition
Manufacturers’ Institute) established standards.
A5 12 gauge, 3" chamber models will shoot all 1 oz. and heavier
factory lead and steel 12 gauge, 23⁄4" and 3" field loads. A5 12 gauge,
31⁄2" chamber models will shoot all 11⁄8 oz. and heavier factory lead
and steel 12 gauge, 23⁄4", 3" and 31⁄2" field loads.
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A5 16 gauge models will shoot all 15⁄16 oz. and heavier factory lead and
steel 16 gauge, 23⁄4" field loads.
However, due to variations in the manufacture of ammunition, and to
help ensure reliability, always use ammunition that is powerful enough
to cycle the action completely.
MAGAZINE CAPACITY
With the magazine three-shot adaptor (plug) removed, A5 3" shotguns
will hold four 2¾" or three 3" shells in the magazine. A5 31⁄2" shotguns
will hold four 2¾" shells, or three 3" or 31⁄2" shells in the magazine.
THREE-SHOT ADAPTOR (PLUG)
ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION. BEFORE
REMOVING OR INSTALLING THE THREE-SHOT ADAPTOR (PLUG),
COMPLETELY UNLOAD THE SHOTGUN. OPEN THE ACTION AND VISUALLY
INSPECT THE CHAMBER, FEED MECHANISM AND MAGAZINE TO BE
ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN THE FIREARM IS COMPLETELY UNLOADED. PLACE
THE “SAFETY” IN THE ON SAFE POSITION. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THIS
WARNING COULD RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
WEAR EYE PROTECTION WHEN REMOVING OR INSTALLING THE THREESHOT ADAPTOR (PLUG) TO PREVENT SPRINGS, SPRING-LOADED PARTS,
SOLVENTS OR OTHER AGENTS FROM CONTACTING YOUR EYES, RESULTING
IN INJURY.
The A5 is delivered with the magazine three-shot adaptor (plug)
installed in the magazine, limiting magazine capacity to two shells in
compliance with federal migratory bird regulations. If you do not wish
to be limited to three shots, when it is not required by law, you can
remove (or reinstall) the three-shot adaptor (plug) as follows.
Note: The accompanying photos show the barrel removed for
clarity purposes. Removing the barrel is not necessary to remove
the three-shot adaptor (plug).
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FIGURE 13
FIGURE 14
Use a key or small screwdriver to press in
on the three-shot adaptor (plug), then rotate
a quarter-turn.
Remove the three-shot adaptor (plug).
RE M OVING THE THR E E -SHOT A DA P TOR (P LUG )
1 Lock the slide assembly rearward by first sliding the bolt latch to
the rear, then pulling the bolt handle fully to the rear as explained
on page 13. Ensure the firearm is completely unloaded and the
“safety” is in the on safe position.
NEVER ALLOW THE ACTION TO SLAM CLOSED BY PRESSING THE BOLT
RELEASE BUTTON WITHOUT THE BARREL INSTALLED. IF THE SLIDE
ASSEMBLY IS RELEASED FORWARD WITH THE BARREL REMOVED, THE
BOLT HANDLE WILL STRIKE THE RECEIVER AND CAUSE DAMAGE.
2 Remove the magazine cap as explained previously.
3 The A5 features the TurnKey Magazine Plug which is quickly and
easily removed by inserting a key or standard screwdriver into the
slot in the end of the magazine tube. To remove the three-shot
adaptor (plug), press inward and turn the key or flat-blade
screwdriver a quarter-turn to align the three-shot adaptor (plug)
with the slot in the end of the magazine (Figure 13). This unlocks
the three-shot adaptor (plug), allowing it to be removed.
4 If the barrel and forearm are on
the shotgun, hold them to
prevent them from falling out of
the receiver while pointing the
magazine tube down to allow
the three-shot adaptor (plug) to
fall out of the end of the
magazine tube. Grasp and
remove it (Figure 14, page 20).
5 Reinstall the magazine cap as
explained previously.
FIGURE 15
The three-shot adaptor (plug) shown secured in
the magazine tube.
IN S TA L L IN G T H E T H R EE- S H O T
A D A P T O R ( P L U G)
If you need to install the magazine three-shot adaptor (plug) to limit
the magazine to three shells, again perform the following operation:
1 Lock the slide assembly rearward by first sliding the bolt latch to
the rear, then pulling the bolt handle fully to the rear as explained
on page 13. Ensure the firearm is completely unloaded and the
“safety” is in the on safe position.
NEVER ALLOW THE ACTION TO SLAM CLOSED BY PRESSING THE BOLT
RELEASE BUTTON WITHOUT THE BARREL INSTALLED. IF THE SLIDE
ASSEMBLY IS RELEASED FORWARD WITH THE BARREL REMOVED, THE
BOLT HANDLE WILL STRIKE THE RECEIVER AND CAUSE DAMAGE.
2 Remove the magazine cap as explained previously.
3 Insert the magazine three-shot adaptor (plug) into the slot in the
end of the magazine tube.
4 Insert a key or flat-blade screwdriver into the slot in the end of the
magazine tube. Press inward and turn the three-shot adaptor
(plug) a quarter-turn to secure in the magazine (Figure 15).
5 Reinstall the magazine cap as explained previously.
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LOADING
WHEN LOADING YOUR SHOTGUN ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED
IN A SAFE DIRECTION, ALWAYS PLACE THE “SAFETY” IN THE ON SAFE
POSITION AND KEEP YOUR FINGERS AWAY FROM THE TRIGGER.
FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE WARNINGS COULD RESULT IN SERIOUS
INJURY OR DEATH.
DO NOT CARRY YOUR SHOTGUN WITH A SHELL IN THE CHAMBER TO
AVOID ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE. WHEN FIRING IS NO LONGER IMMINENT,
MAKE SURE THE “SAFETY” IS IN THE ON SAFE POSITION AND UNLOAD
THE CHAMBER. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE WARNINGS COULD RESULT IN
SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
TAKE CARE WHEN LOADING THE MAGAZINE. THE EDGES OF THE CARRIER
ARE SHARP AND MAY CAUSE INJURY TO FINGERS OR DAMAGE GLOVES.
S PE ED LO ADING
1 If shooting is imminent, lock the slide assembly rearward by first
sliding the bolt latch to the rear, then pulling the bolt handle fully
to the rear as explained on page 13. Ensure the firearm is
completely unloaded and the “safety” is in the on safe position.
2 Insert a shell into the magazine (Figure 16, page 23). The shell will
be automatically cycled from the magazine to the chamber.
KEEP YOUR FINGERS CLEAR OF THE EJECTION PORT WHEN LOADING
THE SHOTGUN USING THE SPEED LOADING PROCEDURE. FAILURE TO
FOLLOW THIS WARNING COULD RESULT IN INJURY.
3 If desired, load the magazine to full capacity by inserting a shell of
proper gauge and length through the loading port at the bottom of
the receiver up into the magazine, using your thumb to position it
fully forward in the magazine tube. Make sure the rim of the shell
engages the shell stop and is held fully inside the magazine tube. It
will make an audible click when fully inserted.
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FIGURE 16
THE SHOTGUN IS NOW READY
TO FIRE BY SIMPLY MOVING
THE “SAFETY” TO THE
OFF SAFE POSITION AND
PULLING THE TRIGGER.
L O A D IN G T H E M A GA ZIN E
1 Lock the slide assembly
rearward by first sliding the
Insert the shell into the bottom of the receiver
bolt latch to the rear, then
and push it fully forward into the magazine.
pulling the bolt handle
fully to the rear as
explained on page 13. Ensure the firearm is completely unloaded
and the “safety” is in the on safe position.
2 Close the slide assembly by pressing the bolt release button.
3 Insert a shell of the proper gauge and length through the loading
port at the bottom of the receiver up into the magazine, using
your thumb to position it fully forward in the magazine tube
(Figure 16). Make certain the rim of the shell engages the shell
stop and is held fully inside the magazine tube. It will make an
audible click when fully inserted.
4 If desired, continue loading the magazine until it is full.
L O A D IN G T H E C H A M B ER M A N U A L LY F R O M T H E M A GA ZIN E
1 With the slide assembly closed, depress the carrier with the front
of a shell and, using your thumb, push the shell into the magazine
until the shell is held in place by the shell stop.
2 If desired, continue to load the magazine, as explained previously.
3 If shooting is imminent, a shell can now be moved from the
magazine to the chamber by sliding the bolt latch to the rear to
release a shell from the magazine, pulling back fully on the bolt
handle and releasing it, allowing it to move forward. A shell will be
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fed automatically to the
chamber as the slide
assembly closes. Another
shell can then be inserted
into the magazine to load it
to full capacity.
THE SHOTGUN IS NOW READY
TO FIRE BY SIMPLY MOVING
THE “SAFETY” TO THE
OFF SAFE POSITION AND
PULLING THE TRIGGER.
FIGURE 17
FIRING
Insert a shell through the ejection port into
the breech.
LO ADING T H E CHAMBER THR OUG H TH E E JE CTI ON P ORT
1 Lock the slide assembly rearward by first sliding the bolt latch to
the rear, then pulling the bolt handle fully to the rear as explained
on page 13.
2 Visually inspect the chamber, feed mechanism and magazine to
make sure they are clear of any obstructions.
3 If shooting is imminent, insert a shell of the proper gauge and
length through the ejection port into the open breech (Figure 17).
4 Press the bolt release button to deliver the shell into the chamber.
KEEP YOUR FINGERS CLEAR OF THE EJECTION PORT WHENEVER CLOSING
THE ACTION WITH THE BOLT RELEASE BUTTON. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THIS
WARNING COULD RESULT IN INJURY.
THE SHOTGUN IS NOW READY TO FIRE BY SIMPLY MOVING THE “SAFETY”
TO THE OFF SAFE POSITION AND PULLING THE TRIGGER.
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5 With a shell in the chamber, you may load the magazine to full
capacity. To load the magazine, insert a shell of proper gauge and
length through the loading port at the bottom of the receiver up
into the magazine, using your thumb to position it fully forward in
the magazine tube. Make sure the rim of the shell engages the shell
stop and is held fully inside the magazine tube. It will make an
audible click when fully inserted.
NEVER LOAD A SHELL INTO THE CHAMBER OR PLACE THE “SAFETY” IN
THE OFF SAFE POSITION UNLESS SHOOTING IS IMMINENT. ALWAYS KEEP
THE MUZZLE POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE
WARNINGS COULD RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
1 Place the “safety” in the on safe position.
2 Load a shell into the chamber as explained previously.
3 With a shell in the chamber, you need only move the “safety” to the
off safe position to fire the shotgun.
4 When ready to fire, move the “safety” into the off safe position, take
aim and squeeze the trigger.
After a shell is fired, energy from the fired shell operates the slide
assembly, ejects the fired shell, picks up a loaded shell from the
magazine and automatically chambers it. You may continue to fire the
shotgun until the magazine is empty by pulling the trigger to fire each
shell. After the last shell is fired, the breech of the shotgun remains
open, with the slide assembly locked to the rear. This allows convenient
and fast reloading.
If you are done shooting, leave the slide assembly locked to the rear,
with the breech in the open position so that you may visually inspect
the chamber, bore, carrier and magazine to be sure they contain
no shells.
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AFTER FIRING, OR WHEN SHOOTING IS NO LONGER IMMINENT,
IMMEDIATELY PLACE THE “SAFETY” IN THE ON SAFE POSITION.
FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE WARNINGS COULD RESULT IN SERIOUS
INJURY OR DEATH.
EVEN WITH THE SLIDE ASSEMBLY LOCKED OPEN AFTER SHOOTING,
DO NOT ASSUME THE SHOTGUN IS UNLOADED. ALWAYS INSPECT THE
CHAMBER, BARREL, FEED MECHANISM AND MAGAZINE TO BE CERTAIN
THE SHOTGUN IS COMPLETELY UNLOADED. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE
WARNINGS COULD RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
UNLOADING
WHEN UNLOADING YOUR SHOTGUN ALWAYS PLACE THE “SAFETY” IN THE
ON SAFE POSITION. KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION
AND YOUR FINGERS AWAY FROM THE TRIGGER. FAILURE TO FOLLOW
THESE WARNINGS COULD RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
ALWAYS INSPECT THE CHAMBER, BARREL, FEED MECHANISM AND
MAGAZINE CAREFULLY AFTER UNLOADING TO BE SURE ALL LIVE SHELLS
ARE CLEARED FROM THE FIREARM.
S PE ED U NLO AD ING
1 Place the “safety” in the on safe position.
2 Pull rearward on the bolt handle to eject the shell from
the chamber. Allow the bolt to close on the empty chamber.
3 Turn the shotgun over so the trigger guard is facing up, then push
the carrier down with your finger as far as it will go.
4 Shells are retained in the magazine by the shell stop, which catches
the rim of the shell base. Locate the shell stop inside the receiver
(Figure 18, page 27) on the right side of the loading port (visually
to the left side when looking down into the loading port).
5 Push in on the shell stop to release a shell from the magazine.
When the shell stop is pressed, a shell is forced out of the magazine
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under spring pressure. Catch
the shell as it comes out.
FIGURE 18
6 Press the stop again to release the
next shell. Continue to do this
until the magazine is empty. Be
careful not to pinch your finger
on the carrier.
7 Using your finger, feel the
opening of the magazine to
Push inward on the shell stop to unload
make sure there are no shells
the magazine.
that have not been fed from the
magazine and ejected. Visually inspect the chamber, feed
mechanism and magazine to assure there are no shells remaining.
8 Lock the slide assembly rearward by first sliding the bolt latch to the
rear, then pulling the bolt handle fully to the rear as explained on
page 13. Ensure the firearm is completely unloaded and the “safety”
is in the on safe position.
U N L O A D IN G B Y C YC L IN G T H E A C T IO N
1 With the “safety” in the on safe position, slide the bolt latch to the
rear, grasp the bolt handle and cycle the action. Repeat sliding the
bolt latch to the rear and pulling the bolt handle rearward until all
shells are transferred from the magazine to the chamber and then
ejected. Lock the bolt assembly in the rearward, open position as
explained previously. Take care to avoid letting shells
fall to the ground.
2 After the last shell in the magazine has been cycled through the
chamber and out the ejection port, use your index finger to feel the
opening of the magazine to make sure there are no shells that have
not been fed from the magazine and ejected. Visually inspect the
chamber, feed mechanism and magazine to assure there are no
shells remaining.
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INTERCHANGEABLE CHOKE TUBE SYSTEM
NEVER ATTEMPT TO REMOVE OR INSTALL A CHOKE TUBE IN A LOADED
FIREARM. WHENEVER REMOVING OR INSTALLING A CHOKE TUBE IN A
SHOTGUN ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION.
OPEN THE ACTION AND MAKE ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN THE SHOTGUN IS
COMPLETELY UNLOADED, ALWAYS PLACE THE “SAFETY” IN THE ON SAFE
POSITION AND KEEP YOUR FINGERS AWAY FROM THE TRIGGER. FAILURE
TO FOLLOW THESE WARNINGS COULD RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY
OR DEATH.
BROWNING INVECTOR-DS CHOKE TUBES ARE FOR USE ONLY IN
BROWNING SHOTGUNS WITH BACK-BORED BARRELS, AND ARE NOT
INTERCHANGEABLE WITH BROWNING STANDARD INVECTOR OR
INVECTOR-PLUS CHOKE TUBES. DO NOT USE INVECTOR-DS TUBES IN
BARRELS THREADED FOR INVECTOR-PLUS OR STANDARD INVECTOR
TUBES. DO NOT USE BROWNING INVECTOR-DS, STANDARD INVECTOR OR
INVECTOR-PLUS CHOKE TUBES IN ANY SHOTGUN BARRELS NOT SUPPLIED
BY BROWNING. DO NOT USE ANY OTHER CHOKING DEVICE IN ANY
SHOTGUN BARREL SUPPLIED BY BROWNING.
USE ONLY THE APPROPRIATE GAUGE OF INVECTOR-DS CHOKE TUBE IN
THIS SHOTGUN. DO NOT FIRE THIS SHOTGUN WITHOUT THE CORRECT
CHOKE TUBE INSTALLED. DAMAGE MAY RESULT TO THE THREADS INSIDE
THE BARREL.
Current production A5 shotgun
barrels are threaded to accept the
Invector-DS choke system.
Confirm the choke system of your
shotgun by looking on the right
side of the barrel where the
specifications are inscribed.
Invector choke tubes are identified
in Figure 19 (flush mount tubes
are shown).
FIGURE 19
Left: Invector-DS
Invector-Plus
The constriction of each choke tube Center:
Right: Standard Invector
is indicated twice on the choke tube:
On the side of the tube, and indicated with a “notch” code on the top
rim of the tube. The included choke tube T-Wrench is used to remove
and install choke tubes.
Some target shotguns include premium extended choke tubes. The
constriction of premium choke tubes is indicated twice on the choke
tube: On the side of the tube, and indicated with an abbreviation in the
colored band. The constriction of flush fit choke tubes is indicated
twice on the choke tube: On the side of the tube, and indicated with a
“notch” code on the top rim of the tube. The included choke tube
T-Wrench is used to remove and install choke tubes.
Invector choke tubes are compatible with factory ammunition that has
been loaded in compliance with SAAMI specifications, including
magnum lead and steel shot loads, sabots and shotgun slug loads.
FAILURE TO FOLLOW THIS INFORMATION COULD RESULT IN DAMAGE TO
YOUR SHOTGUN OR POSSIBLE INJURY.
Replacement and additional tubes and wrenches are available from
your Browning dealer, or by contacting our Consumer Department. See
“Service or Repair” on page 56 for contact information.
USE ONLY THE INVECTOR-DS CHOKE TUBE T-WRENCH SUPPLIED WITH
YOUR SHOTGUN TO INSTALL AND REMOVE INVECTOR-DS CHOKE TUBES.
USING ANY OTHER WRENCH MAY DAMAGE THE THREADS IN
THE BARREL.
C H O K E T U B E S EL EC T IO N
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To help you choose the correct choke tube for each hunting and
shooting situation, all Browning Invector choke tubes are inscribed
on the side with the patterns they produce with both lead and steel
shot. Each Invector tube also has notches in the top rim of the tube
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FIGURE 20
O NE NOT CH
T W O X TWO
NOT CH ES
TWO N O TC HES
THREE N O TC HES
F O UR X FOU R
NOT CH ES
FOU R NOTC HES
FIV E N O TC HES
N O N O TC HES
RIM
NOT CH ES
*
PATTERN WITH
LEAD S HO T
PATTERN WITH
S TEEL S HO T
I
FUL L
*
II X II
L IG HT FUL L
EXT RA FUL L **
II
IMP. MODIFIED
FUL L **
III
MODIFIED
IMP. MODIFIED**
IIII X IIII
L IG HT MODIFIED
IMP. MODIFIED
IIII
IMP. CYL INDER
MODIFIED
IIIII
SKEET
IMP. CYL INDER
NO N O TC H E S
CYL INDER
CYL INDER
Not for use with steel shot. Using an over-tight choke constriction with
steel shot will result in an ineffective “blown” pattern.
**
When more than one choke designation is listed for a given steel shot
pattern, use the more open choke listed for high velocity, larger shot size
steel loads.
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(Figure 20, page 30). These notches
are a code to identify the choke
designation while the tube is
installed. Rim notches refer
specifically to lead shot. Use
the chart on page 30 to crossreference from lead to steel, and
determine the appropriate tubes
for your ammunition and
hunting/shooting situation.
FIGURE 21
Use the choke tube T-Wrench to remove and
install the choke tube in the barrel.
Several choke tubes are supplied
with your shotgun. The choke tubes
listed are also available as accessories. Remember, Standard Invector,
Invector-Plus and Invector-DS tubes are not interchangeable.
Invector-Plus and Invector-DS tubes are for Browning shotguns with
back-bored barrels only. Before removing or installing tubes, or
reading the rim notch code, make sure the shotgun is fully unloaded.
C H O K E T U B E R EM O VA L
1 Place the “safety” in the on safe position. Always make sure the
shotgun is completely unloaded. Keep the muzzle pointed in
a safe direction.
2 Use the choke tube T-Wrench to loosen the tube, turning it
counterclockwise (Figure 21). Finger-twist the tube the rest of
the way out of the barrel.
USE ONLY THE INVECTOR-DS T-WRENCH SUPPLIED WITH YOUR SHOTGUN
TO INSTALL AND REMOVE INVECTOR-DS CHOKE TUBES. USING ANY OTHER
WRENCH MAY DAMAGE THE THREADS IN THE BARREL.
C H O K E T U B E IN S TA L L AT IO N
1 Place the “safety” in the on safe position. Always make sure the
shotgun is completely unloaded. Keep the muzzle pointed in a
safe direction.
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2 Before installing a tube, check the choke tube threads in the
muzzle, as well as the threads on the choke tube to be sure they are
clean. If dirty, clean the tube with a nylon brush and gun solvent.
Lightly oil the choke tube and threads with a high-quality,
lightweight gun oil.
3 Using your fingers, screw the appropriate tube into the muzzle end
of the barrel, threaded end outward. When it becomes finger-tight,
use the choke tube T-Wrench to firmly seat the tube.
USE ONLY THE INVECTOR-DS T-WRENCH SUPPLIED WITH YOUR SHOTGUN
TO INSTALL AND REMOVE INVECTOR-DS CHOKE TUBES. USING ANY
OTHER WRENCH MAY DAMAGE THE THREADS IN THE BARREL.
THE CHOKE TUBE SHOULD BE PERIODICALLY CHECKED TO ASSURE THAT
IT IS TIGHT AND FIRMLY SEATED. BEFORE CHECKING, FOLLOW ALL THE
CHOKE TUBE REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION SAFETY GUIDELINES
PREVIOUSLY OUTLINED.
ADJUSTING LENGTH OF PULL
The buttstock can be adjusted for length of pull by adding or
removing spacers (available separately) to the rear of the stock. One
¼" and one ½" thick spacers are
FIGURE 22
included with the A5 (Figure 22).
A maximum of ¾" of spacers can
be added with the screws provided
to extend length of pull. With
longer screws (not provided),
more than ¾" can be added to
extend length of pull.
Spacers can be ordered through
your Browning dealer or by calling
our Customer Service Department
at (800) 322-4626.
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1
⁄2" and 1⁄4" stock spacers are included.
BEFORE PERFORMING ADJUSTMENT PROCEDURES, PLACE THE “SAFETY”
IN THE ON SAFE POSITION. OPEN THE ACTION AND MAKE CERTAIN YOUR
SHOTGUN IS COMPLETELY UNLOADED. KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED IN A
SAFE DIRECTION. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE WARNINGS COULD RESULT
IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
IN S TA L L IN G A S PA C ER
IMPORTANT: Before loosening the buttstock to install spacers, the
trigger group should be in position in the receiver. This aligns the
buttstock and makes assembly easier.
1 Use a #2 cross tip or Phillips screwdriver to remove the recoil pad
at the end of the buttstock (Figure 23). Place a small amount of
petroleum jelly on the screw access slits on the top and bottom of
the rear of the buttstock to prevent damaging the recoil pad. Insert
the screwdriver into each of the two access holes. Make sure the tip
of the screwdriver engages the head of the screw. Turn the screw
counterclockwise until the screw is completely loose from the
stock. When both screws are free, remove the recoil pad.
2 Add or subtract spacers to fit your firearm to your specifications
(Figure 24). After making an adjustment hold the shotgun to your
FIGURE 23
FIGURE 24
Insert a screwdriver into the holes in the
recoil pad.
Install or remove stock spacers to achieve
correct length of pull.
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shoulder to determine if the new
length feels comfortable.
Remember to always keep the
muzzle pointed in a safe
direction, with the “safety” in
the on safe position and make
certain the shotgun is
completely unloaded.
3 When you are satisfied with the
length of pull, start the screws
through the pad and spacer(s)
into the holes in the stock.
FIGURE 25
Cast and drop adjustment shims. Shim 2 is
installed on your shotgun and is not shown.
FIGURE 26
FIGURE 27
Remove the stock insert.
Use a socket wrench to remove the stock bolt.
These shims with their respective stamps are further clarified here:
4 Attach the recoil pad to the stock using the screwdriver. Turn the
screws clockwise to tighten. Do not overtighten the screws.
• Shim 1 raises the comb approximately 1/16", and the heel
approximately 1/8".
A D J U S T I N G C A S T A N D D R O P AT C O M B
• Shim 2 is neutral. This shim is already installed on the firearm.
BEFORE PERFORMING ADJUSTMENT PROCEDURES, PLACE THE “SAFETY”
IN THE ON SAFE POSITION. OPEN THE ACTION AND MAKE CERTAIN YOUR
SHOTGUN IS COMPLETELY UNLOADED. KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED IN A
SAFE DIRECTION. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE WARNINGS COULD RESULT
IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
Six shims are included with your new shotgun (Figure 25). The shims
fit between the buttstock and receiver, allowing customized
adjustments to the comb and heel. Each shim is labeled/stamped for
a specific amount of adjustment. The neutral shim, No. 2, is already
installed on your shotgun.
Drop at comb is defined as the place on the comb that your cheek
rests when taking aim. If drop at comb is correct, your eye naturally
falls in line with the sight. Shims marked 1, 2 and 3 do not give any
cast on or off. The stock remains straight. They only adjust drop
at comb.
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• Shim 3 lowers the comb approximately 1/16", and the heel
approximately 1/8".
Cast is the offset of the buttstock from the longitudinal center line of
the firearm. Some right-handed shooters like the stock to angle away
(cast off) from their face, making their line of sight more directly in
line with the barrel. Angling the stock to the left for left-handed
shooters is “cast on.” Shims marked 1R1L, 2R2L, and 3R3L, will all
adjust drop at comb the same amount as shims 1, 2 and 3, and will
also adjust the cast right or left approximately 1/8". You will notice that
the two opposing edges of these spacers are different in thickness. For
right-handed shooters, install shims between the receiver and the
stock with the R facing the end of the buttstock, so its thicker side is
on the left side. This casts the stock slightly to the right, away from the
face of a right-handed shooter. If you turn the shim around so the L is
facing the end of the buttstock, and it will cast the stock to the left.
These shims with their respective stamps are further clarified here:
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• Shim 1R1L raises the comb approximately 1/16", and the heel
approximately 1/8" and will adjust the cast on or cast off
approximately 1/8".
• Shim 2R2L adds the same amount of cast to the stock as shim
1R1L with neutral drop like shim 2.
• Shim 3R3L adds the same amount of cast to the stock as shims
1R1L and 2R2L, and lowers the comb approximately 1/16" and the
heel approximately 1/8".
I N S TA LLING A S HIM
IMPORTANT: Before loosening the buttstock to install shims, the
trigger group should be in position in the receiver. This aligns the
buttstock and makes assembly easier.
1 Make sure your shotgun is completely unloaded and the “safety” is
in the on safe position.
2 Use a #2 cross tip or Phillips screwdriver to remove the recoil pad
from the buttstock (Figure 23, page 33). Place a small amount of
petroleum jelly on the screw access slits on the top and bottom of
the rear of the buttstock to prevent damaging the recoil pad. Insert
the screwdriver into each of the two access holes. Make certain the
tip of the screwdriver engages the head of the screw. Turn the
screw counterclockwise until the screw is completely loose from
the stock. When both screws are free, remove the recoil pad.
3 Remove the stock insert to access the stock bolt nut
(Figure 26, page 35).
4 Use a ½" socket wrench to remove the stock bolt nut and stock
bolt washer. (Figure 27, page 35).
5 Completely remove the buttstock from the receiver, along with the
existing shim, and install the shim you have selected (Figure 28,
page 37). Make certain you have the proper shim installed and in
position before reattaching the buttstock and recoil pad.
6 When you are satisfied with the fit, reattach the buttstock to the
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receiver with the washer and
the nuts.
FIGURE 28
7 Snug the nut with the ½"
socket wrench, do not
overtighten.
8 Reinstall the stock insert.
9 Reinstall the recoil pad with
care, so as not to scratch or
mar the finish of the stock.
EXTRA BARRELS
Install the shim between the stock and receiver.
BEFORE INSTALLING AN ACCESSORY BARREL ON YOUR SHOTGUN, READ
THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES TO ENSURE THE BARREL/SHOTGUN
COMBINATION IS SAFE. PLACE THE “SAFETY” IN THE ON SAFE POSITION.
OPEN THE ACTION AND MAKE CERTAIN YOUR SHOTGUN IS COMPLETELY
UNLOADED. KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION. FAILURE
TO FOLLOW THESE WARNINGS COULD RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY
OR DEATH.
The versatility of your new shotgun can be extended with an extra
barrel. A5 shotgun barrels are interchangeable within a given gauge
and chamber length. No special fitting is required. However, some
important restrictions must be observed:
• Never use a barrel with a 3½" chamber on a shotgun designed for
barrels with a 3" chamber.
• Never use a barrel with a 3" chamber on a shotgun designed for
barrels with a 3½" chamber.
• Never use any other barrel from any other manufacturer on your
shotgun. Some other brands may seem similar, but the barrels are
not interchangeable.
• Never use a barrel from any other Browning shotgun.
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CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE SUGGESTIONS
AMMUNITION. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE WARNINGS COULD RESULT
IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION BEFORE CLEANING
YOUR FIREARM.
C L EA N IN G T H E B A R R EL
C L E ANI NG PARTS W ITH S PE CIA L F I N I SH E S
Be especially careful when cleaning firearms with camouflage,
Dura-Touch® Armor Coating and other special finishes. Always
prevent these surfaces from coming in contact with cleaning solvents,
barrel scrubbers and other strong chemicals. It is preferable to clean
these surfaces with a lightweight gun oil containing no solvents or
with a damp cloth and mild dish soap (be sure to keep water out of
the action). When cleaning your firearm’s bore and action, protect the
external finishes from any contact with chemicals used. Also avoid any
contact between external finishes and other strong chemicals like
those found in DEET-containing insect repellents, sunscreens, etc.
Damage to camouflage, Dura-Touch and other finishes caused by
chemicals is irreversible and not repairable.
BEFORE PERFORMING CLEANING PROCEDURES, PLACE THE “SAFETY” IN
THE ON SAFE POSITION. OPEN THE ACTION AND MAKE CERTAIN YOUR
SHOTGUN IS COMPLETELY UNLOADED. KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED IN A
SAFE DIRECTION. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE WARNINGS COULD RESULT
IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
WEAR EYE PROTECTION WHEN DISASSEMBLING AND CLEANING YOUR
SHOTGUN TO PREVENT SPRINGS, SPRING-LOADED PARTS, SOLVENTS OR
OTHER AGENTS FROM CONTACTING YOUR EYES, RESULTING IN INJURY.
Your A5 shotgun will function better and more reliably over a longer
period of time if it is properly maintained and kept clean. You should
clean your shotgun after every day of shooting, and more often if it
becomes excessively dirty. At a minimum the barrel should be cleaned
and the action wiped clean and oiled after every day of shooting. The
slide assembly should require only occasional cleaning.
Normal maintenance can be accomplished with the barrel still
attached to the receiver (oiling and wiping down). More careful
cleaning requires removal of the barrel from the receiver (cleaning the
barrel) and the removal of the slide assembly. A complete cleaning
requires removal of the slide assembly and trigger group.
If a malfunction occurs, perform a thorough cleaning to see if it solves
the problem before seeking the services of a Browning Recommended
Service Center, the Browning Service Facility in Arnold, Missouri, or a
qualified gunsmith.
1 Place the “safety” in the on safe position. Open the action and
inspect the chamber and magazine to make certain they do not
contain any shells. Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
2 Remove the forearm and barrel as explained under “Disassembly”
on pages 16-17.
3 Using a shotgun cleaning rod with tip and patch large enough for
a snug fit in the bore, insert the rod and a lightly oiled patch in the
breech end of the barrel and run back and forth through the bore
several times. Remove and clean the choke tube and choke tube
barrel threads with a nylon brush and lightly oil.
KEEP ALL AMMUNITION AWAY FROM THE CLEANING AREA. NEVER
TEST THE MECHANICAL FUNCTION OF YOUR SHOTGUN WITH LIVE
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Browning offers a complete line of products to make cleaning your
firearm fast and easy. Be sure to follow the manufacturers'
instructions when using any product to clean your firearm.
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4 Inspect the bore from both ends for leading and plastic residue that
often remains in the bore from the shot cups in modern shells.
Leading and plastic residue will appear as longitudinal streaks and is
usually more predominant near the muzzle and just forward of the
chamber. A normal amount of either is common and not serious.
5 If leading or plastic residue seems excessive you can remove it by
brushing the bore with a bronze brush. Soak the brush or spray the
bore with a powder solvent first. Scrub until clean. To prevent
bristles from breaking off, push the brush fully through the barrel
each time before pulling it back through.
MOST SOLVENTS ARE HIGHLY FLAMMABLE. WEAR EYE PROTECTION AND
PRACTICE APPROPRIATE SAFETY MEASURES WHEN WORKING WITH
SOLVENTS TO AVOID SERIOUS INJURY.
6 After all leading and plastic residues have been removed, run a
clean, dry patch through the bore. Follow this with a final, lightly
oiled patch to help prevent corrosion.
7 Reassemble the shotgun and wipe all exposed metal surfaces with
an oiled cloth making sure to wipe away all finger marks where
moisture could accumulate.
8 Inspect the barrel and chamber. Remove any cleaning patches or
debris that remain.
9 Lightly oil your firearm at the points described under “Periodic
Oiling” below. Regular, light oiling is extremely important to the
durability and reliable operation of your shotgun.
10 The wood surfaces can also be wiped with a quality, lightweight
gun oil or they can be polished with any quality furniture wax
(but not both).
PE RI O DIC O I L ING
The metal parts of a firearm should receive a light film of oil after
the firearm has been exposed to weather or handling.
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Occasionally, a drop of lightweight gun oil may be placed inside
the receiver on the rails on which the slide assembly slides (Figure 3,
page 11). This reduces friction for smooth operation.
If the firearm has been exposed to excessive dust, dirt, mud or water,
the principal working parts including slide assembly, should be wiped
clean and lubricated with a light film of quality, lightweight gun oil.
DO NOT PLACE LARGE QUANTITIES OF OIL INTO THE ACTION. EXCESS OIL
WILL RUN BACK INTO THE WOOD OF THE STOCK SOFTENING THE WOOD,
WITH CONSEQUENTIAL LOOSENING OF THE STOCK.
R E M O VA L O F T H E T R I G G E R G R O U P
BEFORE REMOVING THE TRIGGER GROUP, PLACE THE “SAFETY” IN THE ON
SAFE POSITION. OPEN THE ACTION AND MAKE CERTAIN YOUR SHOTGUN
IS COMPLETELY UNLOADED. KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED IN A SAFE
DIRECTION. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE WARNINGS COULD RESULT IN
SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
WEAR EYE PROTECTION WHEN DISASSEMBLING AND CLEANING YOUR
SHOTGUN TO PREVENT SPRINGS, SPRING-LOADED PARTS, SOLVENTS OR
OTHER AGENTS FROM CONTACTING YOUR EYES, RESULTING IN INJURY.
KEEP ALL AMMUNITION AWAY FROM THE CLEANING AREA. NEVER
TEST THE MECHANICAL FUNCTION OF YOUR SHOTGUN WITH LIVE
AMMUNITION. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE WARNINGS COULD RESULT
IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
The trigger group can be removed if the action becomes excessively
dirty or wet. If this occurs, disassemble the action for a complete
cleaning as explained in the following sections. The trigger group of
your A5 shotgun can be removed in the field with only a small punch.
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Disassembly of the action involves
the removal of the slide assembly
and the trigger group. Disassembly
beyond this point should only be
performed by a qualified gunsmith.
FIGURE 29
FIGURE 30
4 Insert the front of the trigger
group into the receiver.
5 Align the holes in the trigger
group with the holes on each
side of the receiver.
RE M OVING THE TR IGGER GR OU P
1 Place the slide assembly in the
forward position by holding the
bolt handle and depressing the
bolt release button.
3 Press the bolt release button.
Push the trigger group pins through
the receiver.
NEVER ALLOW THE ACTION TO SLAM CLOSED BY PRESSING THE BOLT
RELEASE BUTTON WITHOUT THE BARREL INSTALLED. IF THE SLIDE
ASSEMBLY IS RELEASED FORWARD WITH THE BARREL REMOVED, THE
BOLT HANDLE WILL STRIKE THE RECEIVER AND CAUSE DAMAGE.
2 Use a non-marring punch or similar object to push inward on
the trigger guard pins, taking care not to scratch the receiver
(Figure 29). Trigger group pins may be removed from either side
of the receiver. Push the trigger group pins through the receiver.
Pull on them from the opposite side to remove them.
3 Grasp the trigger guard and pull it up and out of the receiver
(Figure 30, page 43).
4 Perform any cleaning of the parts and receiver cavity as necessary.
We suggest cleaning the trigger group with a quality aerosol gun
solvent. Allow it to dry and then very lightly oil the moving parts.
6 Insert the trigger guard pins
and gently tap them into place
with a plastic or wooden mallet,
again using caution not to
scratch the receiver.
Lift the trigger group out of the receiver.
M A I N T E N A N C E O F T H E S L I D E A S S E M B LY
The slide assembly can be removed if the action becomes excessively
dirty or wet. If this occurs, disassemble the action for a complete
cleaning as explained in the following sections. The slide assembly
of your A5 shotgun is designed to be removed in the field, without
special tools.
Disassembly of the action involves the removal of the slide assembly
and the trigger group. Disassembly beyond this point should only be
performed by a qualified gunsmith.
BEFORE REMOVING THE SLIDE ASSEMBLY, PLACE THE “SAFETY” IN THE
ON SAFE POSITION. OPEN THE ACTION AND MAKE CERTAIN YOUR
SHOTGUN IS COMPLETELY UNLOADED. KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED IN A
SAFE DIRECTION. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE WARNINGS COULD RESULT
IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
DO NOT DISASSEMBLE THE TRIGGER GROUP BEYOND THIS POINT.
RE I N STALLATION OF THE TR IGGE R G ROUP
1 Make sure the slide assembly is in the forward position.
2 Insert the rear of the trigger group into the receiver.
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WEAR EYE PROTECTION WHEN DISASSEMBLING AND CLEANING YOUR
SHOTGUN TO PREVENT SPRINGS, SPRING-LOADED PARTS, SOLVENTS OR
OTHER AGENTS FROM CONTACTING YOUR EYES, RESULTING IN INJURY.
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FIGURE 31
FIGURE 32
Pull outward to remove the bolt handle.
Slide the bolt forward and out of the receiver.
KEEP ALL AMMUNITION AWAY FROM THE CLEANING AREA. NEVER
TEST THE MECHANICAL FUNCTION OF YOUR SHOTGUN WITH LIVE
AMMUNITION. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE WARNINGS COULD RESULT
IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
The slide assembly should occasionally be removed for cleaning
and lubrication. Follow the instructions in this section to remove the
slide assembly.
1 Lock the slide assembly rearward by first sliding the bolt latch to the
rear, then pulling the bolt handle fully to the rear as explained on
page 13.
2 Remove the barrel and forearm as explained previously.
3 Carefully place the slide assembly in the forward position by
retaining the bolt handle and pressing the bolt release button.
NEVER ALLOW THE ACTION TO SLAM CLOSED BY PRESSING THE BOLT
RELEASE BUTTON WITHOUT THE BARREL INSTALLED. IF THE SLIDE
ASSEMBLY IS RELEASED FORWARD WITH THE BARREL REMOVED, THE BOLT
HANDLE WILL STRIKE THE RECEIVER AND CAUSE DAMAGE.
4 Remove the bolt handle by pulling the bolt handle outward
(Figure 31, page 45).
5 Slide the slide assembly forward and out of the receiver
(Figure 32, page 45).
I D E N T IFY T HE SL ID E ASSE MB LY
Prior to disassembly, you must first identify the slide assembly in your
A5. There are two types of slide assemblies in A5 shotguns. To identify
the slide assembly in your A5, follow these guidelines:
Type A: This slide assembly utilizes a firing pin spring within the slide
assembly. The Type A slide assembly is readily identified by pressing on
the rear of the firing pin and feeling spring resistance.
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Type B: This version does not use a firing pin spring within the slide
assembly. The Type B slide assembly is readily identified by pressing on
the rear of the firing pin and noting the lack of spring resistance.
D IS A S S EM B L IN G/ R EA S S EM B L IN G T H E S L ID E A S S EM B LY
IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THIS PROCEDURE BE PERFORMED BY A
COMPETENT GUNSMITH. SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO PERFORM THIS
PROCEDURE, STRICTLY ADHERE TO THE FOLLOWING STEPS.
FAILURE TO FOLLOW THIS INFORMATION COULD RESULT IN DAMAGE TO
YOUR SHOTGUN OR POSSIBLE INJURY.
TYPE A DISASSEMBLY PROCEDURE
Figure 33 on page 46 shows the Type A slide assembly completely
disassembled with parts labeled for reference. Follow the instructions
in this section to disassemble the slide assembly.
1 Remove the slide assembly as explained previously.
2 Press the firing pin completely into the rear of the slide assembly
and retain it in this position.
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FIGURE 33
Firing Pin Retaining Pin
FIGURE 36
FIGURE 37
Remove the firing pin and firing pin spring.
Remove the unlocking pin.
Recoil Spring
Slide Assembly
Bolt
Slide Link
Firing Pin Spring
Unlocking Pin
Firing Pin
The Type A slide assembly shown disassembled for cleaning.
THE FIRING PIN IS UNDER SPRING TENSION. WEAR EYE PROTECTION
WHEN DISASSEMBLING AND CLEANING YOUR SHOTGUN TO PREVENT
SPRINGS, SPRING-LOADED PARTS, SOLVENTS OR OTHER AGENTS FROM
CONTACTING YOUR EYES, RESULTING IN INJURY.
3 Insert a small punch into the hole in the bottom of the slide
assembly (Figure 34) and press the firing pin retaining pin out the
top of the slide assembly. Remove the pin (Figure 35).
4 Carefully release the pressure on the firing pin and firing pin spring.
FIGURE 34
Push the firing pin retaining pin out.
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FIGURE 35
Remove the firing pin retaining pin.
Remove the firing pin and firing pin spring (Figure 36).
5 Using a punch, press inward on the unlocking pin from the left side
of the slide assembly and remove the unlocking pin (Figure 37).
6 Remove the bolt from the front of the slide assembly.
7 Remove the recoil spring from the front of the slide assembly.
Clean the parts of the slide as necessary using a quality aerosol gun
solvent. Allow the parts to dry and then lightly oil the parts.
TYPE A REASSEMBLY PROCEDURE
1 Insert the recoil spring into the front of the slide assembly.
2 Insert the bolt into the front of
the slide assembly (Figure 38).
Be sure the extractor is on the
right side of the bolt slide. Align
the hole in slide assembly with
the cut in the bolt.
3 Insert the unlocking pin into the
hole in the right side (bolt
handle side) of the slide
assembly and push it through
the bolt. Ensure the hole in the
FIGURE 38
Insert the bolt as shown.
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FIGURE 39
FIGURE 40
FIGURE 41
Slide Assembly
Recoil Spring
Bolt
Slide Link
Firing Pin Retaining
Roll Pin
Install the unlocking pin as shown. The hole
must align with the firing pin.
Push in the firing pin until it is almost flush
with the rear of the slide assembly, then
install the Firing Pin Retaining Pin.
unlocking pin is facing forward to allow the firing pin to pass
though (Figure 39).
4 Insert the firing pin spring and firing pin into the opening at the
rear of the slide assembly until the rear end of the firing pin is
almost flush with the rear of the slide assembly (Figure 40).
IMPORTANT: Do not push the rear end of the firing pin into the
slide assembly opening beyond a position that is flush.
IMPORTANT: Do not force the firing pin into the opening. If the
firing pin will not easily go into the slide assembly, the hole in the
unlocking pin may need to be aligned.
5 Holding the firing pin in this position in the slide assembly,
insert the firing pin retaining pin into the hole in the top of
the slide assembly.
IF THE FIRING PIN PROTRUDES FROM THE BOLT FACE WITHOUT BEING
PRESSED FROM THE REAR, THE FIRING PIN HAS BEEN INCORRECTLY
INSTALLED. IMMEDIATELY DISASSEMBLE THE SLIDE ASSEMBLY AND
REASSEMBLE IT FOLLOWING THE INSTRUCTIONS IN THIS SECTION. IF THE
BOLT IS INSTALLED IN THE SHOTGUN WITH THE FIRING PIN IMPROPERLY
PROTRUDING FROM THE BOLT FACE AND THE CHAMBER IS LOADED, THE
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Unlocking Pin
Firing Pin
The Type B slide assembly shown disassembled for cleaning.
SHOTGUN WILL FIRE WHEN THE BOLT IS RELEASED TO THE FORWARD
POSITION. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE WARNINGS COULD RESULT IN
SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
TYPE B DISASSEMBLY PROCEDURE
Figure 41 shows the Type B slide assembly completely disassembled
with parts labeled for reference. Follow the instructions in this section
to disassemble the slide assembly.
1 Remove the slide assembly as explained previously.
2 Place the bolt, bottom side up, on an armorer's block or a block of
wood. Align the roll pin hole with the hole in the armorer's block
FIGURE 42
or on the edge of the block of
wood. Insert a small roll pin
punch into the role pin hole in
the bottom of the slide assembly
and use a small gunsmithingtype hammer to drive the firing
pin retaining roll pin out the top
of the slide assembly until it falls
free from the slide assembly.
(Figure 42).
Tap out the firing pin retaining roll pin.
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3 Using a punch, press inward on
the unlocking pin from the left
side of the slide assembly and
remove the unlocking pin
(Figure 37, page 47).
FIGURE 43
FIGURE 44
FIGURE 45
Tap the firing pin retaining roll pin into the
slide assembly.
Guide the bolt slide link into its socket in the
recoil spring follower.
4 Remove the bolt from the front
of the slide assembly.
5 Remove the recoil spring from
the front of the slide assembly.
Clean the parts of the slide as
Push in the firing pin until it exits the bolt face
necessary using a quality
and contacts your finger.
aerosol gun solvent. Allow the
parts to dry and then lightly oil the parts.
TYPE B REASSEMBLY PROCEDURE
1 Insert the recoil spring into the front of the slide assembly.
2 Insert the bolt into the front of the slide assembly (Figure 38,
page 47). Be sure the extractor is on the right side of the bolt slide.
Align the hole in the slide assembly with the cut in the bolt.
3 Insert the unlocking pin into the hole in the right side (bolt handle
side) of the slide assembly and push it through the bolt. Ensure the
hole in the unlocking pin is facing forward to allow the firing pin
to pass though (Figure 39, page 48).
4 Insert the firing pin into the opening at the rear of the slide
assembly. To get the firing pin to the correct depth prior to
installing the firing pin retaining roll pin, first place the bolt in the
rear most position in the bolt slide. Next, place your finger on the
face of the bolt, covering the hole the firing pin extends from.
Push the firing pin from the rear until you can feel the firing pin
protruding through the bolt face with your finger (Figure 43).
This is the correct depth for the firing pin.
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IMPORTANT: Do not push the rear end of the firing pin into the
slide assembly opening beyond a position that is flush.
IMPORTANT: Do not force the firing pin into the opening. If the
firing pin will not easily go into the slide assembly, the hole in the
unlocking pin may need to be aligned.
5 Using a small gunsmithing-type hammer and roll pin punch,
gently drive the firing pin retaining roll pin into the top of the slide
assembly until it fits flush. When installing the firing pin retaining
roll pin take care that the firing pin does not migrate from the
correct depth (Figure 44).
IF THE FIRING PIN PROTRUDES FROM THE BOLT FACE WITHOUT BEING
PRESSED FROM THE REAR, THE FIRING PIN HAS BEEN INCORRECTLY
INSTALLED. IMMEDIATELY DISASSEMBLE THE SLIDE ASSEMBLY AND
REASSEMBLE IT FOLLOWING THE INSTRUCTIONS IN THIS SECTION. IF THE
BOLT IS INSTALLED IN THE SHOTGUN WITH THE FIRING PIN IMPROPERLY
PROTRUDING FROM THE BOLT FACE AND THE CHAMBER IS LOADED, THE
SHOTGUN WILL FIRE WHEN THE BOLT IS RELEASED TO THE FORWARD
POSITION. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE WARNINGS COULD RESULT IN
SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
IN S TA L L IN G T H E S L ID E A S S EM B LY
1 Turn the shotgun upside down to make it easier to align the slide
link and the socket in the recoil spring follower.
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2 Align slide assembly rails with the grooves in the receiver. Insert
the slide assembly into the receiver, slide link end first.
3 Insert the bolt handle into the slot in the slide assembly.
4 Carefully open and close the action several times to make sure
the slide link and recoil spring follower are properly engaged
(Figure 45, page 51).
NEVER ALLOW THE ACTION TO SLAM CLOSED BY PRESSING THE BOLT
RELEASE BUTTON WITHOUT HAVING THE BARREL INSTALLED. DAMAGE
WILL RESULT TO THE RECEIVER AND BOLT HANDLE.
5 Install the trigger group in the receiver as explained previously.
POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION.
FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE
WARNINGS COULD RESULT IN
SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
WEAR EYE PROTECTION WHEN
DISASSEMBLING AND LUBRICATING
YOUR SHOTGUN TO PREVENT
SPRINGS, SPRING-LOADED PARTS,
SOLVENTS OR OTHER AGENTS FROM
CONTACTING YOUR EYES, RESULTING
IN INJURY.
FIGURE 46
Place a few drops of oil in the opening in the
action tube.
C L E ANI NG T HE ACTION
1 When the action becomes excessively dirty, remove the trigger
group and slide assembly from the receiver as explained under
“Removal of the Trigger Group” (pages 41-43) and “Removal of
the Slide Assembly” (pages 43-51). Clean with a gun solvent as
necessary. Use a nylon brush to loosen caked-on grime.
Wipe the receiver cavity clean. Lightly oil the cavity and wipe it
dry. No further disassembly is required for cleaning.
2 Reassemble the trigger group, slide assembly, and the barrel
and forearm to the receiver as explained previously, making
sure the barrel and action have no cleaning patches inadvertently
left in them. Then wipe all exposed metal surfaces with an oiled
cloth, making sure to wipe clean all finger marks where moisture
could accumulate.
KEEP ALL AMMUNITION AWAY FROM THE CLEANING AREA. NEVER TEST
THE MECHANICAL FUNCTION OF YOUR SHOTGUN WITH LIVE
AMMUNITION. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE WARNINGS COULD RESULT IN
SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
If you frequently use your shotgun in inclement weather conditions,
oiling the action tube and spring will aid in maintaining the
performance and reliability of your firearm.
IMPORTANT: Before loosening the buttstock to lubricate the action
tube and spring, the trigger group should be in position in the receiver.
This aligns the buttstock and makes assembly easier.
1 Remove the recoil pad and buttstock as explained previously.
2 Place a few drops of high-quality lightweight gun oil in the opening
in the rear of the action tube (Figure 46).
L U B R I C AT I N G T H E A C T I O N T U B E A N D S P R I N G
BEFORE LUBRICATING THE ACTION TUBE AND SPRING, PLACE THE
“SAFETY” IN THE ON SAFE POSITION. OPEN THE ACTION AND MAKE
CERTAIN YOUR SHOTGUN IS COMPLETELY UNLOADED. KEEP THE MUZZLE
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DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REMOVE THE ACTION SPRING FROM THE ACTION
TUBE. THE ACTION TUBE IS EASILY DAMAGED AND THE ACTION SPRING
IS UNDER SPRING TENSION. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THIS WARNING COULD
RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DAMAGE YOUR SHOTGUN.
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3 Hold the shotgun with the muzzle down. Cycle the action using
the bolt handle to operate the action several times to evenly
disperse the oil on the spring and inside the action tube.
DO NOT USE EXCESSIVE LUBRICANT. USING TOO MUCH LUBRICANT CAN
INTERFERE WITH THE FUNCTIONING OF YOUR SHOTGUN. DO NOT SPRAY
SOLVENT INSIDE THE ACTION TUBE.
4 Carefully rest the shotgun vertically on a rag with the action tube
down for 15 minutes to allow excess oil to drain out of the action
tube. Wipe away any excess oil.
5 Lightly lubricate the external surface of the action tube.
6 Install the buttstock and recoil pad as explained previously.
NEVER ATTEMPT TO TAKE YOUR FIREARM APART FURTHER THAN
EXPLAINED IN THIS OWNER’S MANUAL. YOUR FIREARM IS A
SPECIALIZED, FINELY FITTED MECHANISM. YOU MAY PERMANENTLY
DAMAGE IT BY ATTEMPTING TO DISASSEMBLE THE INNER MECHANISM
ASSEMBLIES. IF FURTHER DISASSEMBLY FOR SERVICE OR CLEANING IS
REQUIRED, TAKE YOUR FIREARM TO A QUALIFIED GUNSMITH, OR
CONTACT OUR ARNOLD, MISSOURI SERVICE FACILITY AS EXPLAINED
UNDER “SERVICE OR REPAIR” ON PAGE 56.
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MAINTENANCE OF OIL FINISH STOCKS
Keeping the oil-finished wood surface on your firearm looking its
best requires only a small amount of maintenance. When the surface
becomes spotted or dull, the affected area(s) can be treated using
rubbing alcohol on a soft, lint free cloth and allowed to dry. A small
amount of a linseed oil-based finish, such as Watco® Danish Oil Finish,
Deft® Danish Oil Finish, or Formby’s® Tung Oil Finish should then be
applied to the surface of the wood with a soft, lint free cloth according
to the manufacturer’s instructions. To treat the checkering, a small
amount of oil-based finish can be applied and then distributed evenly
using a toothbrush or other soft bristled brush.
MODELS WITH SPECIAL FINISHES
As with any firearm, the only way to preserve its pristine condition and
collector appeal is to never handle or fire it, which in turn would
deprive you of much of the enjoyment that comes with owning a fine
Browning firearm.
While special finishes such as engraving and gold plating greatly
enhance the aesthetic appeal of your shotgun, please be aware that
they are no more durable, and in some cases may even be slightly less
durable than more common firearm finishes.
As you use your shotgun, you can expect special finishes to wear in
much the same manner as any other firearm finish. These marks are
the honest product of the hours spent enjoying your firearm and each
scuff and scratch will probably have a good story to go along with it.
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SERVICE OR REPAIR
If your firearm should require service or repairs, we suggest you first
contact a local recommended Browning Firearms Service Center.
To locate a service center visit browning.com, contact our Customer
Service Department or your Browning firearms dealer for the address
of the Service Center nearest you. Otherwise, you may send your
firearm directly to our Service Department in Arnold, Missouri.
Parts listings, Firearm Service Center lists, service procedures, service/
repair form and general product information are also found on the
internet at: browning.com. For technical questions about your firearm
or service, contact:
United States customers contact:
Browning Firearm Status and
Technical Service
3005 Arnold Tenbrook Rd
Arnold, MO 63010-9406
Phone: (800) 322-4626
Canadian customers contact:
Browning Canada Sports Ltd/Ltée
5583 Chemin St-François
St-Laurent, Quebec H4S 1W6
Phone: (514) 333-7261
When returning your firearm for servicing, you must do the following:
1 Be sure it is completely unloaded.
2 Remove the scope or other optics.
3 Package it securely in a cardboard container.
4 Enclose the service/repair form available at browning.com or a
letter that clearly describes the trouble experienced, the
ammunition used and the repairs desired. Also include your
name, e-mail address (if possible) and a daytime phone number
where you can be reached.
5 If convenient, send a copy of the service/repair form or letter
to us separately.
6 Never return ammunition with your firearm. It is against postal
and most commerce regulations.
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BROWNING.COM
US: Morgan, Utah 84050-9326
CANADA: Browning Canada Sports Ltd/Ltée, St-Laurent, Quebec H4S 1W6
INTL: Parc Industriel des Hauts-Sarts, B-4040 Herstal, Belgium
AO1701/16423
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