Service or Repair If your firearm should require service or repairs, we suggest you first contact a local recommended Browning Firearms Service Center. Contact your Browning sporting goods dealer or call our Service Department for the address of the Service Center nearest you. Otherwise, you may send your firearm directly to our own Service Department. For technical questions about your firearm or service call our Service Department. Browning Service Department One Browning Place Arnold, Missouri 6301 0-9406 Phone: 1-800-322-4626 Canadian Customers call or write: Browning Canada Sports Ltd./Ltee, 561 7 Chemin St-François St-Laurent, Quebec H4S 1 W6 Phone: (514) 333-7261 When returning your firearm for servicing, you must do the following: a. Be sure it is completely unloaded. b. Package it securely in a cardboard container. c. Enclose a letter with your firearm that clearly describes the trouble experienced and the repairs or alterations desired. d. If convenient, send a copy of the letter to us separately. e. Never return ammunition with your firearm. It is against postal and most commerce regulations. If you have any questions about this manual or about any other Browning products, call or write our Consumer Information Department: Browning Consumer Information One Browning Place Morgan, Utah 84050-9326 Phone: (801) 876-2711 5 After leading has been removed, the bore should be wiped dry with a clean patch, and then a lightly oiled patch run through it for preservation. 9 The barrel and action should be inspected to assure that all cleaning patches have been removed and not inadvertently left in the barrel or action. 6 If the gun has been exposed to much dust, dirt, mud or water, the principal working parts should be wiped clean and lubricated with a light film of oil. Browning Oil is recommended. 10 The wood surfaces can also be wiped with Browning Oil or they can be polished with any quality furniture wax (but not both). DO 8 Reassemble barrel and wipe all exposed metal surfaces with an oiled cloth making sure to wipe gun clean of all finger marks where moisture will accumulate. Important AMMUNITION BIRTH QUATE TAKE YOUR GUN’S ACTION APART. This is a specialized, finely fitted mechanism; and you may mar it for life by an attempt to remove the inner mechanism. It is unnecessary, and may do damage to the inner mechanism, to disassemble it for routine cleaning and oiling. Of course, misfortunes (such as dropping your gun in water) require appropriate attention, and in such circumstances we recommend you immediately take your gun to a competent gunsmith. 7 The magazine tube on the Automatic-5 should be wiped clean of all dirt and grit, and then lubricated lightly with an oiled patch. The friction pieces should be assembled according to the loads to be used, as covered previously. DISCHARGING NOT Warning FIREARMS MAY DEFECTS, RESULT IN IN POORLY REPRODUCTIVE VENTILATION AT ALL VENTILATED EXPOSURE HARM TIMES. TO AREAS, LEAD AND CLEANING OTHER FIREARMS, SUBSTANCES AND OTHER SERIOUS PHYSICAL WASH HANDS THOROUGHLY AFTER OR KNOWN INJURY. HANDLING TO HAVE EXPOSURE. CAUSE ADE- CLEANING YOUR AUTO-5 The correct procedure for cleaning your Auto-5 shotgun is as follows: BE CERTAIN FEED UNLOADED. SAFE” REAR. Cleaning and Maintenance Suggestions PERIODIC OILING — Ordinary good judgment will indicate that the metal parts of the gun should receive a light film of oil after the gun has been exposed to weather or handling. Occasionally, a small drop of oil may be placed on each receiver track in which the breech bolt and barrel extension guides run during operation (See Figure 16). This will help to relieve friction and insure smooth operation. DO NOT POUR LARGE QUANTITIES OF OIL INTO THE ACTION. A LARGE EXCESS OF OIL WILL RUN BACK INTO THE WOOD OF THE STOCK AND CAUSE SOFTENING OF THE WOOD, WITH CONSEQUENTIAL LOOSENING OF THE STOCK. PLACE ALWAYS CLEANING Adjustment of the sight is controlled by the screw located on top of the sight, To RAISE the point of impact, turn the screw in a counterclockwise direction. To LOWER the point of impact, turn the screw in a clockwise direction. Vertical adjustment is also a process of trial and error. SHOTGUN’S AND THE POSITION AND GLASSES VERTICAL ADJUSTMENT — YOUR MECHANISM DURING ALL ARE “SAFETY” IN LOCK WEAR MAGAZINE, CHAMBER THE BOLT PROTECTIVE DISASSEMBLY THE “ON TO THE SAFETY AND PROCEDURES. 1 Remove the barrel so that it can be cleaned from the breech end. 2 Using a shotgun cleaning rod with tip and patch large enough for a snug fit in the bore, insert the rod and patch in the breech end of the barrel and run back and forth through the the bore several times. Remove and wipe the Invector tube, tube threads and barrel threads, and lightly oil. 3 Inspect the bore from both ends for leading by looking through the bore toward light. Leading will appear as dull longitudinal streaks and is usually more predominate near the muzzle and just forward of the chamber. 4 A normal amount of leading can be expected with today’s high velocity loads and improved wads but this is not serious. If or when leading should become heavy, it can be removed with a brass bore brush. Make sure a choke tube is installed. Spray the bore or the bore brush with a good powder solvent, and scrub the bore until leading is removed. To prevent brass bristles from breaking off, the brush should be pushed completely through the bore before being withdrawn. CAUTION: CHOKE DO NOT TUBES INVECTOR-PLUS. CHOKE TUBES INVECTOR. ABOVE AND IN DO IN FAILURE WARNINGS CAUSE INJURY USE STANDARD BARRELS NOT USE BARRELS TO CAN TO INVECTOR MARKED INVECTOR-PLUS MARKED FOLLOW ALL DAMAGE OF YOUR YOURSELF THE GUN AND OTHERS. Use of Extra Barrels notch code, make sure your shotgun is fully unloaded. Rim Notches Pattern With Lead Shot Pattern With Steel Shot Knurled X-Full Turkey Special ** I Full II III * Imp. Modified Modified Full*** Full*** IIII Imp. Cylinder Modified IIIII Skeet Imp. Cylinder No Notches Cylinder Rim Notches PatternWith Lead Shot I Full III Modified IIII Imp. Cylinder IIIII No Notches Skeet Cylinder Cylinder PatternWith Steel Shot * NOTE: 3-inch Magnum 12 gauge and 3-inch Magnum 20 gauge barrels will not fit or work in a Light 12 gauge or a Light 20 gauge action designed for 2 3/4" shells and vice versa because the feeding and ejection mechanisms are different. Sight Adjustment for the Buck Special The Buck Special is equipped with a precision rear sight which is screw adjustable for both horizontal and vertical correction (See Figure 15). WINDAGE Imp. Modified Modified*** Modified*** Imp. Cylinder *Not for use with steel shot. Using an ow-tight choke constriction with steel shot will result in an ineffective, “blown” pattern **Extra Full Special with knurled rim and no rim code. Do not use with steel shot. ***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 shot loads ****Has knurled extension beyond muzzle. Your Auto-5 can be made suitable for multiple shooting conditions merely by changing from one barrel to another of different choke or length. On all Browning Automatic-5 shotguns, barrels of the same gauge and model are completely interchangeable and no special fitting is required. Thus, by merely buying another barrel, you have acquired the utility of another gun at a fraction of the cost of a new gun; a duck gun becomes a fine upland game gun, a pheasant gun becomes a rifled slug deer gun. ADJUSTMENT- To move point of impact to the RIGHT, loosen the small screw on the right side of the sight. Then tighten the small screw on the left side of the sight, To move point of impact to the LEFT loosen the small screw on the left side of the sight and tighten the screw On the right side. This is a process of trial and error. Make small adjustments then check the point of impact. THE INVECTOR PERIODICALLY IT IS TIGHT AND CHECKING, LINES CHOKE TUBE CHECKED SHOULD BE ASSURE THAT FIRMLY SEATED. FOLLOW OUTLINED TO THE SAFETY BEFORE GUIDE- ABOVE. Replacement and additional tubes and wrenches are available from your Browning dealer, or by writing to: Browning Consumer Department, One Browning Place, Morgan, Utah 84050. 801-876-2711. UNLOADED, OPEN! AND NEVER INSTALL A LOADED THE BOLT OR ATTEMPT SHOTGUN TO CHOKING Canadian customers please call or write to: BREECH IS REMOVE OR DEVICE ON A FIREARM! TUBE REMOVAL- 1 UNLOAD YOUR CHAMBER, ZINE TAIN A-5 FEED FULLY. INSPECT MECHANISM AND THE MAGA- TO MAKE SURE THEY DO NOT CONANY SHELLS. 2 Open the action, locking it rearward, and place the “safety” in the “on safe” position. 3 Use the Invector wrench to loosen the tube, turning it counterclockwise. Finger twist the tube the rest of the way out of the barrel. TUBE INSTALLATION1 UNLOAD YOUR A-5 FULLY. CHAMBER, ZINE FEED TO MAKE INSPECT MECHANISM THEY DO AND THE MAGA- NOT CONTAIN ANY SHELLS. 2 Open the action and place the “safety” in the “on safe” position. 3 Before installing a tube, check the internal choke tube threads in the muzzle, as well as the threads on the Invector choke tube to be sure they are clean. Lightly oil the threads with an oil like Browning Oil. 4 Using your fingers, screw the appropriate tube into the muzzle end of the barrel, tapered end first, notched end outward. When it becomes finger-tight, use the invector choke tube wrench to firmly seat the tube. Browning Canada Sports Ltd./Ltee, 5617 Chemin St-Francois, St-Lament., Quebec, Canada H4S 1W6. (514) 333-7261. INVECTOR CHOKE TUBE CODE— To identify individual Invector tubes, refer to the abbreviated indications on the side of the tube, or use the identification mark(s) located on the top rim of each tube. (See Figure 14). INVECTOR TUBE SELECTION To help you choose the correct choke tube for each hunting 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. These notches are a code to allow you to determine the choke designation while the tube is installed. Rim notches refer specifically to lead shot. you will need to use the chart below to cross-reference from lead to steel, and determine the appropriate tubes for your ammunition and hunting/shooting situation. Several tubes are supplied with your Browning shotgun. The tubes listed are also available as accessories. Remember, Standard Invector and Invector-Plus tubes are not interchangeable. Invector-Plus tubes are for Browning guns with back-bored barrels, such as your new Auto-5. Older Auto-5 shotguns are Standard Invector. Before removing/installing tubes, or reading the rim SHOTGUN THE IS UNLOADED. CHAMBER, CARRIER TUBE TO BE SURE CARTRIDGES. ALWAYS AND INSPECT MAGAZINE THEY CONTAIN NO THEN, REMEMBER TO ALWAYS TREAT ANY GUN AS IF IT WAS LOADED. AL WA YS HANDLE GUN WITH YOUR SHOT- CAUTION. Operation of the Magazine Cut-off The magazine cut-off is located at the front end of the left side of the receiver (See Figure 12). This cut-off has the purpose of locking the shells in the magazine so that they will not feed into the chamber. This permits you quickly to change the load in the chamber of the gun without going to the trouble of unloading the whole magazine. In this way a duck load can quickly be taken out and a goose load inserted, if the need arises. To operate the magazine cut-off, merely pull the cut-off lever back (See Figure 13). This will lock the shells in the magazine. Push the cut-off lever forward when you desire to release the shells in the magazine so that they will feed automatically as the gun is fired. With the magazine cut-off in operation, the chamber empty, and the breech bolt locked in the rearward position, a shell may be instantly delivered from the magazine to the chamber by merely pushing the magazine cut-off forward. lnvector Interchangeable Choke System All current Auto-5 shotguns have barrels that are threaded to accept the Browning Invector-Plus Interchangeable Choke System. You may confirm this by glancing on the right side of your barrel where the specifications are inscribed, and where the choke markings are normally located. All older Auto-5 models and the Auto-5 Buck Special are conventionally choked. The word, INVECTOR denotes that the barrel is threaded. The degree of choke tube is indicated twice on each choke tube: Inscribed on the side of the tube, and indicated with a “notch” code on the top rim of the tube. Invector Choke Tubes are made with tempered steel and are fully compatible with all FACTORY AMMUNITION (loaded in compliance with SAAMI specifications) including magnum lead and steel shot loads and rifled slug loads. DO NOT AN INVECTOR FIRE THIS SHOTGUN CHOKE WITHOUT TUBE HAVING INSTALLED. Permanent damage may result to the threads, DO NOT TUBES SUPPLIED ANY USE IN ANY BY OTHER BARRELS CHOKE OR BARRELS BROWNING. GUN CAUTION: INVECTOR SHOTGUN CHOKING ONLY SHOTGUN BROWNING SUPPLIED TUBES WHENEVER FOR INSTALLING ABSOLUTELY THE A ALSO, DEVICE THE USE ANY OF REMOVING DEVICE, GUN USE SHOT- INVECTOR. HANDLING CHOKING NOT ANY BROWNING. MARKED PURPOSE CERTAIN DO IN BY CHOKE NOT IS MAKE FULLY side of the receiver to close the action. The bolt release button is still provided to close the action on an empty chamber, if desired. 3 DO RELEASE BUTTON NOT PRESS AND SLAM HOME WITH FROM THE ACTION. THE LET THE BOLT THE BARREL BOLT REMOVED When the barrel is installed, the breech bolt stops against the barrel extension, preventing any damage. With the barrel removed, however, the operating handle will forcefully strike the front edge of the ejection port causing damage to the receiver. If you wish to close the bolt with the barrel removed, be sure to hold the operating handle as you depress the bolt release button. Let the bolt ride home slowly. open, pull rearward on the operating handle until the breech bolt locks back. The gun is now ready to load. 2 Hold the gun with either right or left hand at the grip or forearm as you prefer or are accustomed. With the opposite hand, merely introduce the front end of the shell into the under side of the receiver and thrust completely forward as if loading the magazine — then release the pressure of your thumb. CAUTION: Unloading Your Auto-5 CAUTION: WHENEVER UNLOADING, ALWAYS BE CERTAIN THAT THE MUZZLE IS POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION AND THAT THE “SAFETY” IS “ON SAFE’’. (See Figure 11.) The shell is immediately and automatically driven rearward, tripping the feed mechanism, and delivered instantly into the chamber without further manipulation. The breech bolt automatically closes during the loading operation. The recommended way to unload the Auto-5 is simply to grasp the operating handle and cycle the action until all rounds are ejected. THE GUN IS CLEARED NOW LOADED AND READY FOR FIRING. To load the magazine, continue the same procedure, slipping shells past the carrier into the magazine until the latter is full. (Without the magazine plug, the magazine will hold 4 shells; 2 shells if the plug has been inserted.) Be sure to insert each shell completely into the magazine before releasing. The speed loading system is equally convenient for right or left-hand shooters. The instant delivery of the first shell to the chamber in one simple operation eliminates entirely the conventional process of dropping the first shell into the open receiver port and then pressing the bolt release button on the right ALWAYS MAGAZINE ING lNSPECT THE VERY CHAMBER, CAREFULLY ACTlON AFTER AND UNLOAD- TO BE SURE ALL LIVE ROUNDS ARE FROM THE GUN. Breech Remains Open After the Last Shot The breech of the Auto-5 remains open after the last shot has been fired. This allows convenient and fast reloading as follows: 1 Place the “safety” in the “on safe” position. 2 Drop an appropriate shell into the open breech. 3 Close the action by depressing the breechblock release button. EVEN WITH SHOOTING, THE DO BREECH NOT OPEN ASSUME AFTER YOUR You will note, however, that the mechanism must receive a certain amount of force if it is to operate automatically. The addition of any sort of weight to a barrel will have somewhat the same effect. When such factors as these are introduced, care must be given to suitable adjustment of the friction ring setting. It is desirable to utilize the setting for heavy loads as long as the mechanism functions properly. When resistance to recoil is too great to permit proper ejection, the light load setting should be used. Oil on the Magazine tube Whether the friction ring is set for heavy loads or light loads, the amount and kind of oil on the magazine tube will, by varying the amount of friction, have an effect upon the amount of recoil. In general, the more oil that is put on the magazine tube (or bronze friction piece), the easier this friction piece will slide on the tube; hence, a greater degree of recoil will be obtained. Should your gun at any time commence to give ejection trouble, one or more of the following is usually the cause: 1 Insufficient oil on the magazine tube, rust, gum, or hardened grease, any of which may interfere with normal operation of the recoil spring and friction pieces. 2 The friction rings are not properly set. 3 A slight swelling of the forearm (sometimes unavoidable under conditions of excessive exposure to moisture) may cause sufficient resistance to the barrel to affect normal operation. If a side of the barrel shows signs that it is rubbing against the forearm, the application of a fine piece of emery cloth to the interfering portion of the inside of the forearm will quickly rectify the problem. Using the Speed Loading Feature WARNING: CERTAIN WHENEVER LOADING, ALWAYS BE THAT THE MUZZLE IS POINTED IN A If you are firing a light load and the gun fails to eject, the addition of oil to the magazine tube in the region of the bronze friction piece will sufficiently increase recoil to a point satisfactory for good ejection. SAFE Oil which congeals in cold weather or deposits gummy residue may reduce recoil to the point where the gun will fail to eject, Use a high quality lubricant. Occasionally clean the magazine tube and relubricate. If temperatures of ten to thirty degrees below freezing are likely to be encountered, it is best to utilize an oil which maintains its fluidity in such temperatures. Browning Gun Oil is particularly well suited for this purpose. The Browning Auto-5 shotgun is equipped with the speed loading system. Its design will enable you to load faster and easier. It is not necessary to press the bolt release button on the right side of the receiver during the loading process, and the same procedure is used in loading the first shell into the chamber as in loading the remaining shells into the magazine. At all times there should be a film of oil on the magazine tube except when 12 gauge, 2 3/4” magnum loads are being used. With this load it is desirable to wipe the magazine tube practically dry. Function will not be affected and you will find these heavy loads much more comfortable to shoot. LOADING “ON DIRECTION SAFE”. AND KEEP THE EJECTION PORT BY THE THAT YOUR THE TO A VOID BREECH BOLT, SAFETY HAND AWAY WHEN IS FROM BEING STRUCK THE ACTION CLOSES. CAUTION: WHENEVER CYCLED INTO OR CALLY OR READY TO “SAFETY” 1 A THE ANY SHELL HAS OTHER TIME, MANUALLY—THE AUTOMATI- SHOTGUN FIRE BY SIMPLY MOVING TO THE BEEN CHAMBER-DURING OFF SAFE IS THE POSITION. BE SURE THE MUZZLE IS POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION “ON SAFE”. AND THE “SAFETY” IS If the breech bolt is not already Parts List: Auto-5 Semi-Automatic Shotgun 12, 16 and 20 Gauge PART NO. DESCRIPTION 01 P011001 Action Spring All Gauges 02 P011003 Action Spring Follower 03 P011005 Action Spring Plug All Gauges PART NO. 21 04 P01 1007 Action Spring Plug Pin All Gauges P01 1009 Action Spring Tube All Gauges 06 *P011015 Barrel Extension Assembly, Magnum 12 Gauge 06 *P011017 Barrel Extension Assembly, 12 06 *P011022 Barrel Extension Assembly, 16 06 *P011024 *P011025 Barrel Extension Assembly, 07 P011027 Breech Block 12M-12 07 P011032 Breech Block 16 07 P011035 P011036 Breech Block 20 *P011040 Butt Plate All Gauges 09 P011042 Butt Plate Screws All Gauges 10 *P011046 Butt Stock Magnum W/ Recoil Pad 1 5/8”x2 1/2 “x 14 14”12M 10 *P011048 ButtStock Field 15/8”x 2 1/2"x14 114" 12 10 *P011056 Butt Stock Field 1 5/8”x 66 DESCRIPTION P011378 Recoil Spring 12 P01 1379 Recoil Spring 16 *P011254 Link Pin 16-20-20M Cartridge Stop 12M 12 48 P011256 Locking Block 12M-12 66 P011381 Recoil Spring 20 Cartridge Stop 16-20-20M Cartridge Stop Spring All Gauges 48 49 P011261 P011264 Locking Block 16-20-20M Locking Block Latch 66 P011382 Recoil Spring Magnum 20 Gauge *P01 1385 P01 1121 Ejector & Ejector Rod Magnum 20 Gauge 49 P01 1265 Magnum 20 Gauge Locking Block Latch 67 24 Safety Crossbolt Right All Gauges 68 *P01 1386 Ejector Spring Magnum 20 Gauge 49 *P011269 Magnum 12 Gauge Locking Block Latch Safety Crossbolt Left All Gauges 69 P01 1390 Safety Ball All Gauges 49 *P011272 2-Piece Carrier 12 Locking Block Latch 70 P01 1395 Sight Base-Rear-Buck Special 12-12M 26 P011126 Ejector Spring Retainer 27 27 *P011127 *P011134 Ejector 12 & Prewar 16 Ejector 16-20& 12M 50 P011275 Locking Block Latch Pin All Gauges 70 P011397 Sight Base-Rear-Buck Special 16 28 *P011136 Ejector Rivet 12 51 P011277 70 P011398 28 *P011142 Ejector Rivet 12M 1620 Locking Block Latch Spring 12M-12 Sight Base-Rear-Buck Special 20-20M 29 P011147 Extractor Left 12M-12-1620 51 P011279 Locking BlockLatch Spring 16-20-2OM 71 P011399 Sight Body-Rear-Buck Special All Gauges 30 P011148 Extractor Spring Follower 52 P011280 Lock Screw All Gauges 72 P011400 Magnum 20 Gauge 53 P011285 Magazine Cap-W/O Swivel Eyelet 12M-12 Sight Aperture-Rear-Buck Special All Gauges 73 P011401 Sight Adjusting ScrewWindage-Buck Special All Gauge 74 P011403 Sight Adjusting ScrewElevation. Buck Spec. All Gauge Magnum 20 Gauge Breech Block Magnum PART NO. 66 P011115 31 P011149 20 Gauge 08 Link Pin 12M-12 P011117 P011120 P011124 47 DESCRIPTION *P011252 22 Magnum 20 Gauge 07 PART NO. 47 22 23 25 Barrel Extension Assembly, 20 06 DESCRIPTION Carrier Spring Trigger Plate Type 16-20-20M All Gauges 05 P011111 Extractor Magnum 20 Gauge 53 P011287 Magazine Cap-W/O Swivel Eyelet 16-20-20M 54 P011292 Magazine Cap W/Swivel 32 P01 1 150 Extractor Right 12M-12-16-20 33 P011155 Extractor Pin Left& Right All Gauges 34 P011159 Extractor Spring Left P01 1160 12M-12-16-20 Extractor Spring Right 35 35 36 P011162 P011163 2-Piece Carrier 16-20 12M-12 Extractor Spring Right 16-20 Extractor Spring Magnum Eyelet 12-12M 54 P011294 Magazine Cap W/Swivel Eyelet 16-20-20M 75 P011404 Sight Roll Pin-Buck Special 55 P011295 Magazine Cutoff- Magnum 12 Gauge 76 *P011405 All Gauges Satety Sear 12M-12 55 55 P011297 P011298 76 *P011406 Safely Sear 16-20-2OM 77 P01 1408 Safely Sear Pin All Gauges 55 P01 1299 Magazine Cutoff 12 Magazine Cutoff 16 Magazine Cutoff 20-20M 78 P01 1410 Safety Sear Spring All Gauges 20 Gauge 10 P01 1052 Bun Stock Composite 12M-12 37 P011164 Extractor Spring Follower Right 16-20 56 P011305 Magazine Cutoff Spring All Gauges 79 P011414 Safety Sear Spring Follower All Gauges 11 P011057 Butt Stock Swivel Eyelet (Buck Special) 38 P011165 Firing Pin 12M 12 57 P01 1310 80 P01 1421 *P011062 Carrier Assembly Magnum 12 Gauge P011167 P011168 Firing Pin 16-20-2OM Firing Pin Stop Pin 12M 12 Sight Ramp-Front-Buck Special 12M-12-16 12 38 39 Magazine Cutoff Spring Screw All Gauges 58 P011315 Magazine Follower12 Magnum & 12 Gauge 80 P01 1422 Sight Ramp-Front-Buck Special 20M-20 12 *P011064 Carrier Assembly 2 Piece 12 39 P011 169 Firing Pin Stop Pin 16-20-20M 58 P011319 Magazine Follower 16 81 P01 1423 40 *P011170 Forearm 5-Shot Magnum 58 P011321 *P011066 Carrier Assembly 2 Piece 16 Magazine Follower 2020M Sight Gold Bead-FrontBuck Special All Gauges 12 82 P011425 Sight Bead Plain & Vent Magnum12M 12 *P01 1068 Carrier Assembly 2 Piece 20-20M 82 P011431 Sight Bead Plain & Vent 12-20-20M-16 13 *P011070 Carrier Dog 12M 12 83 P011435 13 *P011071 Tang Screw for Pistol Grip Stock All Gauges 14 84 *P01 1444 14 15 15 12 Gauge 40 *P011172 Forearm 5-Shot 12 40 *P011183 Forearm 5-Shot 16 40 *P011191 Forearm 5-Shot 20 Carrier Dog 16-20-20M 40 *P011192 Forearm Magnum 20 P011076 Carrier Dog Follower 12M-12 40 P011 175 Forearm Composite 12 P011077 Carrier Dog Follower 40 P011176 Forearm Composite 12M 16-20-20M 41 P011 195 Friction Piece Bronze P011079 P011080 Carrier Dog Pin 12M-12 Carrier Dog Pin 16-20-20M 41 P011197 Magnum 12 Gauge Friction Piece Bronze 12 Gauge 16 P011081 Carrier Dog Spring 12M-12 41 P011198 16 P01 1083 Carrier Dog Spring 16-2020M Friction Piece Bronze Magnum 20 Gauge 41 P011199 Friction Piece Bronze 16-20 17 P011085 17 59 P011325 59 P011329 60 P011330 Magazine Spring 12M-12 Magazine Spring 16-20-20M Magazine Spring Retainer 12M-12 60 P01 1333 61 P011335 Magazine Spring Retainer 16-20-20M 61 P011338 Magazine Tube 5-Shot 12 & 12M Magazine Tube 5-shot 61 P01 1339 12-M Only Magazine Tube 5-Shot 16 61 P011342 Carrier Latch Assembly 42 P011205 Friction Ring 12M-12 Magnum 12 Gauge 42 P011207 Friction Ring 16-20.20~ 61 P011338 Magazine Tube 12M Magazine Tube 5-Shot20 86 *P011466 Trigger Plate for Crossbolt Safely 12-12M 86 *P011473 87 P011475 Trigger Plate for Crossboll Safely 16-20-20M Trigger Plate Screw-Front12M 12 87 P011477 Trigger Plate Screw-Front16-20-20M P011086 Carrier Latch Assembly 12 Friction Spring 12 62 P01 1344 Mainspring All Gauges 86 P01 1480 P011089 Carrier Latch Assembly 16 43 P011216 Friction Spring 16-20 63 P011345 17 P01 1090 Carrier Latch Assembly 44 *P01 1225 Hammer Assembly Mainspring Screw All Gauges 88 P01 1481 P011092 20-20M Carrier Latch Button 12 44 *P011228 Magnum 12 Gauge Hammer Assembly Trigger Plate Screw-Rear16-20-20M 18 89 *P011486 18 P01 1093 Carrier Latch Button Trigger Spring Pin Retained All Gauges *P01 1232 90 P011495 P011094 12M-16 Carrier Latch Button 44 18 Trigger Spring Retaining Pin All Gauges 20-20M 45 91 P01 1499 Magazine Plug Adapter 3 Shot All Gauges Cartridge Stop-Carrier Latch-Magazine Cutoff Pin 46 P01 1098 20 P01 1103 Carrier Screw All Gauges 21 P011107 Carrier Spring Trigger Plate Type 12M-12 P011215 P011343 P011445 17 19 43 61 Magazine Tube 5-Shot 20M Trigger-Crossbolt SafetyGold Plated 12-16-20-20M Trigger Pin All Gauges 85 Trigger Plate Screw-Rear12M-12 64 P011346 Operating Handle 12M-12 64 P011347 Operating Handle 16-20-20M Hammer Assembly Lightweight 16-20-20M 65 †*P011355 Receiver Magnum 12 Gauge *P011235 Hammer Pin AII Gauges 65 *P01 1243 Link (Magnum) 20 Gauge †*P011357 Receiver Magnum 20 Gauge 65 †*P011362 Receiver Lightweight 12 65 †*P011368 Receiver Sweet 16 65 †*P011372 Receiver Lightweight 20 †Part may be purchased by holders of current valid Federal Firearms License. 66 P01 1375 Do not order by key number. Lightweight 12 46 *P011245 46 *P011247 Link (Magnum) 12 Gauge Link12 46 *P011251 Link 16-20 Recoil Spring Magnum 12 Gauge 'Indicates part must be fitted by Browning Service Department or qualified gunsmith. BROWNING AUTO-5 SHOTGUN LIGHT 12. SWEET 16 AND 20 GAUGE Schematic is provided for parts identification only and should not be used as a guide to assemble guns. IMPORTANT: When ordering parts, list part number, part name, caliber, model and serial number. Do not order by key number. CAUTION: Browning parts are made exclusively for Browning guns and should not be used in other guns even though models may be similar. Inadequately fitted parts may be dangerous. The safety is reversible and can be reversed from right to left-handed by a competent gunsmith. When installed, the left-handed “safety” will have the “safety” button’s red warning band on the Right side of the trigger guard. DO NOT DEPEND TO INDICATE ON YOUR THE RED GUN’S COLOR ALONE SAFETY STATUS. Time, exposure to the elements, as well as the abrasive action of cleaning agents can erase it. Friction Ring Adjustment for Auto-5 Light 12 and 20 Gauge Models SETTINGS STEEL THE FOR SHOT, SHOOTING AND HIGH FOLLOWING 2 3/4-INCH MAGNUM, VELOCITY LOADS INSTRUCTIONS ARE — ONLY FOR 2 3/4-lNCH 12, SWEET 16 AND 20 GAUGE MODELS, THE 3” MAGNUM OR 3” SPECIAL THOSE NOT FOR MAGNUM 20 GAUGE INSTRUCTIONS MODELS IN A ARE 12 GAUGE SEMI-AUTOMATIC PROVIDED SEPARATE FOR MANUAL. A great deal of attention has gone into the design of the recoil absorbing mechanism to minimize the recoil of the magnum loads as much as possible. It is a mechanism specially arranged for those loads. As shown, it consists of a bronze friction piece and one coned friction ring (See Figure 9). 1 with the butt of the stock down and the magazine tube pointing up, one friction ring is placed on top of the spring with the beveled surface UP. 2 The bronze friction piece is then slipped over the magazine tube with its beveled surface up. THE GUN SHOULD NEVER BE FIRED WITHOUT BRONZE FRICTION PIECE IN PLACE. If the correct position of the recoil components is not maintained you will get unnecessary recoil which will severely pound the mechanism of your gun. NOTE: If steel shot loads will not function with the heavy load setting, then set friction ring adjustment for light load settings. Friction ring setting for light loads The single difference from the arrangement given for heavy loads is a change in the position of the friction ring. For light loads this friction ring is taken off and placed at the extreme rear end of the magazine tube, between the rear end of the recoil spring and the receiver with the beveled edge turned toward the receiver. (See Figure 10). NEVER THE TION UNDER BRONZE ANY CIRCUMSTANCES FRICTION REARWARD OF PIECE THE FROM BARREL REMOVE ITS GUIDE POSIRING. If the gun is fired with either the friction ring or the recoil spring in direct contact with the barrel guide ring, the rear surface of the barrel guide ring will be deformed. Removal of the bronze friction piece permits an excess of recoil. You will be getting unnecessary recoil, thereby pounding the mechanism of your gun severely. 4 AFTER THE FROM YOUR IN BARREL GUN, HAS LEAVE THE OPEN POSITION. BOLT RELEASE BEEN THE REMOVED BREECH DO NOT PRESS BOLT THE BUTTON. If the breechbolt is released forward with the barrel removed, the operating handle will be driven against the front edge of the receiver ejection port, which will cause damage to the receiver. The semicircular wood ridge at the rear of the forearm should fit into the matching groove in the front of the receiver (See Figure 6). Disassembly Procedures CHECK CERTAIN AND YOUR GUN THE MAGAZINE CAREFULLY CHAMBER, CONTAIN TO FEED NO BE MECHANISM SHELLS. 1 Draw the breech bolt rearward and lock it open. 2 Rest the butt end of the stock on any convenient rigid surface. With the left hand apply rearward pressure to the barrel, then unscrew the magazine cap with the right hand. While maintaining rearward pressure on the barrel, remove the forearm from the magazine tube. 3 While continuing to hold the barrel firmly, gradually release pressure and slide the barrel directly forward off the magazine tube. DO NOT SUDDENly RELEASE PRESSURE AGAlNST If this is done, the strong recoil spring may throw the barrel off the gun. THE BARREL. 5 For the convenience in casing and carrying the dismantled gun, return the forearm to its position on the magazine tube and screw on the magazine cap. You will then have two neat units. One is the barrel; the other is the action with forearm and stock. Operation of the “Safety” The cross bolt “safety” prevents the trigger from being pulled when in the “on safe” position. The safety is located conveniently at the rear of the trigger guard and has an enlarged head on the right side designed to be conspicuous “ON SAFE”, hence, a shooter is not likely to lose a shot through failure to notice that his “safety” is on. The enlarged head also aids you to move the safety to FIRE position with unusual speed and convenience. In the “off safe” Or “fire” position a red warning band is visible on the safety button on the left side of the trigger guard. To place the gun “ON SAFE,” press the “safety” button to the right. To move the “safety” to the FIRE position, press the “safety” to the left (See figures 7 & 8). out the plug, the end of which you will see in the exposed end of the magazine tube. The gun will then be a 5 shot semi-automatic.(See Figure 2.) If at some future time you wish to limit your gun to three shots again, take the adaptor and pass the shaft through the hole in the magazine spring retainer which is exposed in the end of the magazine tube. With this shaft projecting into the magazine, press or lightly tap the head of the adaptor to force the magazine spring retainer downward until the head of the plug is on a level with the end of the magazine tube if it is not already so. Then proceed with assembly as follows: 3 Check the friction ring setting to be sure the friction rings are set according to the loads you plan to shoot. See page 9 for proper setting of friction rings. Place the barrel guide ring around the magazine tube and force the barrel rearward against the resistance of the recoil spring while guiding the barrel extension into the receiver. Note the guides on the barrel extension which must be placed in the receiver tracks (See Figure 3). 4 With the left hand maintaining rearward pressure against the barrel to the point where the front end of the barrel extension is even with or slightly inside of the front end of the receiver (See Figure 4), replace the forearm over the magazine tube and screw the magazine cap on tightly. Be careful not to squeeze the rearward end of the forearm. Squeezing too hard may cause it to crack (See Figure 5). BE CERTAIN SCREWED THE THE REAR END FIRM THE MAGAZINE COMPLETELY CONTACT RECEIVER. OF WITH CAP DOWN IS FORCING THE FOREARM INTO THE FRONT END OF Serial Number Initial Cleaning The serial number of your Automatic-5 shotgun is found on the underside of the receiver, just forward of the loading port. Various exposed metal parts of your new Auto-5 have been coated with a rust preventative compound for protection. Ammunition Before assembling your Auto-5, clean the antirust compound from the barrel, receiver, magazine tube and the action-chamber areas. Browning Oil is ideal for removing this compound and for giving your new gun its first lubrication. Automatic-5 Light Models are designed to shoot and function with factory 2 3/4” lead and steel shot loads. However, Browning can assume no responsibility for incidents which occur through the use of cartridges of nonstandard dimension or those developing pressures in excess of standards established by the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturer’s Institute (SAAMI). General Operating Procedures The Browning Automatic-5 shotgun is a recoil operated, semi-automatic shotgun. The breech bolt locks into the barrel. Upon firing, recoil causes the barrel and breech bolt to travel rearward, recocking the hammer. After full rearward travel, the breech bolt unlocks from the barrel, The barrel begins forward movement an instant before the breech bolt begins forward travel. This split second delay lets the barrel “get ahead” of the breech bolt, which is holding the spent shell with dual extractors. This accomplishes extraction. Ejection occurs when the ejector, located in the barrel extension, strikes the rim of the spent shell during forward travel of the barrel. During forward travel of the bolt, a fresh round from the magazine is fed into the chamber. After the last shell has been fired, the breech bolt locks open, instead of returning fully home. This facilitates speedy, convenient reloading. This operation is semi-automatic; the trigger must be released and pulled to fire each successive shot. However, any quality gun oil may be used. Assembly Procedures CHECK YOUR ABSOLUTELY FEED NO GUN CAREFULLY CERTAIN MECHANISM THAT AND TO BE THE CHAMBER, MAGAZINE CONTAIN SHELLS. The Auto-5 is delivered, in the box, with the barrel removed and the forearm assembled on the magazine tube. Perform the following steps to assemble your Auto-5 and make it ready for shooting. 1 Pull rearward on the operating handle and draw the breech bolt rearward where it will remain locked back. Rest the butt end of the stock firmly on any convenient rigid surface. With the left hand, pull rearward on the forearm to counteract the forward thrust of the recoil spring around the magazine tube. with the right hand unscrew the magazine cap. Slide the wooden forearm forward off the magazine tube. DO NOT SQUEEZE HARD REAR END PRESSURE OF ON THE THE FOREARM. COULD CAUSE THE OPEN TOO MUCH WOOD TO SPLIT. 2 The Automatic-5 is delivered with the magazine adaptor in the magazine which limits the gun to three shots total (to comply with Federal migratory bird regulations), If you do not want your gun to be so limited, merely take 21 NEVER DRINK TAKE ANY DURING TYPE ALCOHOLIC OF DRUGS BEVERAGES BEFORE OR OR SHOOTING. Your vision and judgment could be dangerously impaired, making your gun handling unsafe to you and to others. 22 23. in this instruction book, 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 for your Browning gun. Browning assumes no liability for incidents which occur when unsafe or improper gun accessories or ammunition combinations are used. READ AND HEED ALL WARNINGS PERIODIC MAINTENANCE UNAUTHORIZED — AVOID SERVICING. Your shotgun 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 Browning’s service facility in Arnold, Missouri. Browning cannot assume any responsibility for injuries suffered or caused by unauthorized servicing, alterations or modifications of Browning firearms. IT CAN BE TRIGGER, MECHANISM VERY DANGEROUS SAFETY PARTS OR OF TO ALTER OTHER THIS THE FIRING OR ANY OTHER FIREARM. BE CAREFUL! Nomenclature In conventional gun terminology, the position and movement of gun parts are described as they occur with the gun horizontal and in normal firing position; i.e., the muzzle is forward or front; butt stock is rearward or rear; trigger is downward or underneath; the rib is upward or on top. See (Figure 1) for names of all parts and assemblies covered in disassembly and cleaning procedures. 10 CAUTION: SHELLS DO IN NOT USE 3-1/2" ANY SHOTGUN OR WITH A 2 3/4” CHAMBER OR 3" CHAMBER. DO NOT USE 3" SHELLS IN A CHAMBERED OF THE WITH ON 11 FOR 2 3/4" CHAMBER GAUGE IS AND SHOTGUN SHELLS. THE INSCRIBED, CHOKE parts, solvents or other agents from contacting your eyes. SHOTGUN BARREL 16 SIZE ALONG DESIGNATIONS, THE SIDE OF THE BARREL. DO NOT SNAP THE FIRING PIN ON AN EMPTY NOT CHAMBER BE — THE CHAMBER MAY 17 EMPTY! KEEP UNTIL 13 WHILE UNLOADING, YOU ARE READY TO THE LOADING, SHOOT. BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET AND BACK- Particularly during low light periods. Know the range of your ammunition. Never shoot at water or 18 hard objects. ALWAYS UNLOAD YOUR BEFORE CROSSING NEGOTIATING WEAR EYE TREE, JUMPING A OTHER AND POINTED IN A KEEP SAFE DIREC- DEFENSIVE AND A EAR OBSTACLES. PROTECTION HANDLING GUARD AROUND AGAINST YOU AND Don't be timid when it comes to gun safety. If you observe other shooters violating any of these safety precautions, politely suggest safer handling practices. FENCE, DITCH OR 19 BE CERTAIN YOUR SHOTGUN IS UNLOADED Because so many gun accidents occur when a firearm is being cleaned, special and extreme care should be taken to be sure your gun 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. BEFORE CLEANING. WHEN Unprotected, repeated exposure to gunfire can cause hearing damage. Wear ear protectors (shooting ear plugs or muffs) to guard against such damage. Wear shooting glasses to protect your eyes from flying particles. 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. Also, wear eye protection when disassembling and cleaning your shotgun to prevent the possibility of springs, spring-tensioned GUN ON OTHERS. SHOTGUN'S Refer to page 13 of this instruction book for instructions on the unloading of your shotgun. Never place your shotgun on or against a fence, tree, car, or other similar object. 15 BE UNSAFE CHAMBER CLIMBING A IF YOUR SHOTGUN FAILS TO FIRE, Hold this position for a minimum of 30 seconds. Carefully open the action and remove the cartridge. If the primer is indented, the cartridge 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 should be corrected before further use. STOP. 14 even with the "safety" in the "on safe" position. Be extremely careful while hunting or during any shooting activity, to avoid dropping any firearm. TION. YOUR FINGERS AWAY FROM TRIGGER LOADED GUN CAN CAUSE AN DISCHARGE THE MUZZLE Treat every gun with the respect due a loaded gun, even though you are certain the gun is unloaded. 12 DROPPING A ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING. 20 EDUCATE SAFETY TO FAMILY — AND SUPERVISE ALL MEMBERS ESPECIALLY TO FIREARMS OF YOUR CHILDREN AND NONSHOOTERS. Closely supervise newcomers to the shooting sports. Encourage enrollment in hunting/ shooting safety courses. 6 Browning assumes no liability for incidents which occur through the use of cartridges of nonstandard dimensions 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). BEWARE OF BARREL OBSTRUCTIONS, for the safety of both your gun and yourself. Mud, snow, and an infinite variety of other objects may inadvertently lodge in a barrel bore. It takes only one small obstruction to cause dangerously increased pressures that can ruin (swell or rupture) the finest shotgun barrels. BEFORE CHECKING OBSTRUCTION, ROUND IS IN MAGAZINE FOR BE BARREL BE ALERT NO MAL LIVE THE CHAMBER AND AND FEED COMPLETELY EMPTY. “SAFETY” THE IN A CERTAIN THAT THE MECHANISMS PLACE “ON SAFE” THE POSITION (See page 12 and 13 for instructions on unloading). After assuring yourself that the shotgun is Completely empty, again, open the breechblock, locking it to the rear, and look through the barrel to be sure it is clear of any obstruction. If an obstruction is seen, no matter how small it may be, clean the bore 7 ALWAYS UNLOAD YOUR SHOTGUN WHEN NOT IN USE. REFER TO PAGE 13 OF THIS INSTRUCTION UNLOADING BOOKLET OF YOUR EXPLAINING THE SHOTGUN. As a safety precaution, it is preferable to disassemble your gun for storage. Store your gun and ammunition separately—well beyond the reach of children. Take all safeguards to ensure your shotgun does not become available to untrained, inexperienced or unwelcome hands. 8 USE THE PROPER AMMUNITION. The barrel and action of this shotgun have been made with substantial safety margins over the pressures developed by established American commercial loads. Nevertheless, THE SIGNS OF AMMUNITION If you detect an off sound or light recoil when a shell is fired, DO NOT LOAD ANOTHER SHELL INTO THE CHAMBER. Open the action and remove all shells from the magazine, chamber and action areas. With the action open, glance down the barrel to make sure that a wad or other obstruction does not remain in the barrel. If there is an obstruction, completely clear the barrel before loading and firing again. Failure to follow these instructions can cause extensive damage to ARE with a cleaning rod and patch as described in “Cleaning and Maintenance Suggestions” on page 17. Before the first firing, clean the bore with a cleaning rod and patch, and wipe away any anti-rust compounds in the action/ chamber areas. TO FUNCTION. your gun and possible serious injury to yourself and others. 9 DO NOT PUT A 16 OR A 20 GAUGE SHELL IN A 12 GAUGE GUN. Store all shells of different gauges in completely separate and well-marked containers. Do not store shells of mixed gauges in a common container or in your pockets. EXAMINE EVERY SHELL YOU PUT IN YOUR GUN. The most certain way to bulge or rupture a barrel is to drop a 20 gauge shell into a 12 gauge chamber. The 20 gauge shell, unfortunately, will not fall completely through the barrel; its rim is caught by the front of a 12 gauge chamber. Your gun will misfire (with the chamber appearing to be empty). It is then possible to load a 12 gauge shell behind the 20 gauge shell. If the 12 gauge shell is then fired, the result will be a so-called “12-20 burst” which can cause extensive damage to your gun and possible serious injury to you. You Are Responsible For Firearms Safety JARRED OR LATED INTO INADVERTENTLY AN UNSAFE MANIPU- CONDITION. Mechanical “safeties” merely aid safe gun handling and are no excuse for pointing your shotgun’s muzzle in an unsafe direction, While it is a good idea to “test” your 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. shotgun’s mechanical “safeties” periodically for proper function, There is no excuse for careless or abusive handling of any firearm. At all times handle your shotgun and any other firearm with intense respect for its power and potential danger. DIRECTION. PLEASE READ CAUTIONS, AND INSTRUCTIONS BOOKLET 1 AND UNDERSTAND PROPER HANDLING BEFORE ALWAYS KEEP SHOTGUN THE POINTED IN YOUR MUZZLE IN A OF OF THE HAND NEVER RELY SHOTGUN’S TOTALLY ON MECHANICAL YOUR ANY MECHANICAL 4 DO SHOTGUN’S NOT CASE, “SAFETY” FAIL; UNSAFE HANDLE A SOMEONE, AND FIREARM, OR ALWAYS IMMEDIATELY, VISUALLY CHAMBER, OPEN THE CHECK FEED MAGAZINE 5 A IT CAN BE TRANSPORT LOADED, YOUR DEVICE, SOMETIMES SHOTGUN IS AN Make certain that they do not inadvertently contain any ammunition. Always keep the chamber empty and “safety” in the “on safe” position unless shooting is imminent. WHETHER OR HUNTING SUCH CAN YOUR IN DIRECTION, The word “safety” describes a gun’s trigger block mechanism, sear block mechanism, hammer block mechanism or firing pin block mechanism. These mechanical devices are designed to place your gun in a SAFER status. No guarantee can be made that the gun will not fire even if the “safety” is in the “on safe” position. The Auto-5 has a cross bolt “safety” which blocks the gun’s trigger. See “Operation of the Safety” on page 8 for instructions on operation of this gun’s “safety.” “SAFETY” YOU TO MECHANISM DEVICE. LIKE IT ACTION FIREARM. even though you are certain the shotgun 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 WHILE POINTED 3 WHENEVER YOUR SAFE OR Safe gun handling does not stop with your gun’s mechanical “safety” devices — it starts there. Always treat this shotgun with the respect due a loaded, ready-to-fire firearm. THIS NEW TEST IT LOADED PROCEDURES OUTLINED USING ALL NEVER AS OTHER FROM TREE IN YOUR A SHOTGUN SCABBARD GUN CONTAINER. ELEVATED STANDS IS SURFACES DANGEROUS, and may increase the risk of handling 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. NEW GUN OWNERS RECORD KEEP THIS RECORD FOR FUTURE REFERENCE Browning Model Serial Number Gauge / Caliber Purchase Price Purchased From Date of Purchase We are pleased that you have chosen a Browning Automatic-5 shotgun. It is certainly a gun you can be proud to own. For over 90 years the Auto-5 has been recognized as the most proven and reliable semi-automatic shotgun ever designed. The time-tested Auto-5 is one of the greatest inventions of John Moses Browning, and is a hallmark to his incredible genius. With a reasonable amount of care, your Automatic-5 shotgun should give you many years of dependable, enjoyable service. Please feel free to write us immediately if you have any observations regarding its performance and operation. Thank You One Browning Place, Morgan, Utah 84050 Distributed in Canada by Browning Canada Sports Ltd/Ltee, 561 7 Chemin St-Francois, St-Laurent, Quebec, Canada H4S 1 W6 Printed in U.S.A. You Are Responsible For Firearms Safety. As a gun owner, you accept a set of demanding responsibilities. How seriously you take these responsibilities can mean the difference between life and death. Failure to follow any of these instructions can cause extensive damage to your gun and/or possible serious injury or death to yourself and others. There is no excuse for careless or abusive handling of any firearm. At all times handle any firearm with intense respect for its power and potential danger. READ AND UNDERSTAND all of THE CAUTIONS AND PROPER HANDLING PROCEDURES OUTLINED IN THIS BOOKLET BEFORE USING YOUR NEW FIREARM. 1. ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE OF ANY FIREARM POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION. Do this even though you are certain the firearm 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 SHOTGUN'S MECHANICAL "SAFETY" DEVICE. Always assume that your gun can be fired at any time, even with all the safety mechanism engaged. The word "safety" describes a gun's trigger block mechanism, sear block mechanism, hammer block mechanism or firing pin block mechanism. These mechanical devices are designed to place your gun in a SAFER status. No guarantee can be made that the gun will not fire even if the "safety" is in the "on safe" position. See "Operation of the Safety" in your owner’s manual for instructions on operation of your gun's "safety." 3. LIKE ANY MECHANICAL DEVICE, A "SAFETY" CAN SOMETIMES FAIL; IT CAN BE JARRED OR INADVERTENTLY MANIPULATED INTO AN UNSAFE CONDITION. Mechanical "safeties" merely aid safe gun handling and are no excuse for pointing your shotgun's muzzle in an unsafe direction. While it is a good idea to "test" your shotgun's mechanical "safeties" periodically for proper function, never test them while your firearm is loaded or pointed in an unsafe direction. Safe gun handling does not stop with your gun's mechanical "safety" devices -- it starts there. Always treat this shotgun with the respect a loaded, ready-to-fire firearm. NEVER TEST THE MECHANISM OF ANY FIREARM WHILE IT IS LOADED OR POINTED IN AN UNSAFE DIRECTION. 4. WHENEVER YOU HANDLE A FIREARM, OR HAND IT TO SOMEONE MAKE SURE IT IS COMPLETELY UNLOADED. Always open the action immediately and visually check the chamber magazine. Make certain the chamber does not inadvertently contain any ammunition. Always keep the chamber empty and the "safety" in the "on safe" position unless shooting is imminent. 5. DO NOT TRANSPORT ANY FIREARM LOADED. KEEP ALL FIREARMS UNLOADED DURING TRANSPORT, WHETHER IN A SCABBARD, GUN CASE, OR OTHER CONTAINER. 6. HUNTING FROM ELEVATED SURFACES SUCH AS TREE STANDS IS DANGEROUS. Doing so may increase the risk of handling 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. 7. BEWARE OF BARREL OBSTRUCTION. Do this for the safety of both your gun and yourself. Mud, snow, and an infinite variety of other objects may inadvertently lodge in a barrel bore. It takes only one small obstruction to cause dangerously increased pressures that can ruin (swell or rupture) the finest shotgun barrel. BEFORE CHECKING FOR A BARREL OBSTRUCTION, BE CERTAIN YOUR FIREARM IS FULLY UNLOADED. Make sure no live rounds are in the chamber. Place the safety in the "on safe" position, open the breech or action and look through the barrel to be sure it is clear of any obstruction. If an obstruction is seen, no matter how small it may be, clean the bore with a cleaning rod and patch as instructed for your particular firearm. Before the first firing, clean the bore with a cleaning rod and patch, and wipe away any anti-rust compounds in the action/chamber areas. 8. ALWAYS UNLOAD ALL FIREARMS WHEN NOT IN USE. As a safety precaution, it is preferable to disassemble your gun for storage. Your responsibilities do not end when your firearm is unattended. Store your gun and ammunition separately -- well beyond the reach of children. Take all safeguards to ensure your firearm does not become available to untrained, inexperienced or unwelcome hands. 9. USE THE PROPER AMMUNITION. The barrel and action of all Browning firearms have been made with substantial safety margins over the pressures developed by established American commercial loads. Nevertheless, Browning assumes no liability for incidents which occur through the use of cartridges of nonstandard dimensions which develop pressures in excess of commercially available ammunition with standards established by the Sporting Arms and Ammunitions Manufacturers' Institute (SAAMI). BE ALERT TO THE SIGNS OF AMMUNITION MALFUNCTION. If you detect an off sound or light recoil when ammunition is fired, DO NOT LOAD MORE AMMUNITION INTO THE CHAMBER. Open the action and remove all ammunition from the chamber. With the action open, glance down the barrel to make sure that a wad or other obstruction does not remain in the barrel. If there is an obstruction, completely clear the barrel before loading and firing again. Failure to follow these instructions can cause extensive damage to your gun and possible serious injury to yourself and others. 10. MAKE SURE OF ADEQUATE VENTILATION IN THE AREA THAT YOU DISCHARGE A FIREARM. WASH HANDS THOROUGHLY AFTER EXPOSURE TO AMMUNITION OR CLEANING A FIREARM. Lead exposure can be obtained 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. 11. NEVER INSERT A SHELL OF THE INCORRECT GAUGE IN ANY SHOTGUN. The gauge of your shotgun is marked on the side of 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. EXAMINE EVERY SHELL YOU PUT IN YOUR GUN. NEVER PUT A 20 GAUGE SHELL IN A 12 GAUGE GUN. The most common way to bulge or rupture a shotgun barrel is to drop a 20 gauge shell into a 12 gauge chamber. The 20 gauge shell, unfortunately, will not fall completely through the barrel; its rim is caught by the front of a 12 gauge chamber. Your gun will misfire (with the chamber appearing to be empty). It is then possible to load a 12 gauge shell behind the 20 gauge shell. If the 12 gauge shell is then fired, the result will be a so-called “12-20 burst” which can cause extensive damage to your gun and possible serious injury to you and others. 12. USE SHELLS OF CORRECT LENGTH. The size of the chamber is inscribed, along with gauge and choke designations, on the side of the barrel. Do not use 31/2" shotgun shells in a shotgun or barrel with a 2 3/4" chamber or 3" chamber. Do not use 3" shells in a shotgun chambered for a 2 3/4" shells. Doing so can result in a build-up of dangerously high pressures that may damage your gun and possibly cause serious injury to yourself or others. 13. DO NOT SNAP THE FIRING PIN ON AN EMPTY CHAMBER -- THE CHAMBER MAY NOT BE EMPTY! Treat every gun with the respect due a loaded gun, even though you are certain the gun is unloaded. 14. KEEP YOUR FINGERS AWAY FROM THE TRIGGER WHILE LOADING AND UNLOADING UNTIL YOU ARE READY TO SHOOT. 15. 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. 16. ALWAYS UNLOAD THE CHAMBER AND MAGAZINE OF ANY FIREARM BEFORE CROSSING A FENCE, CLIMBING A TREE, JUMPING A DITCH OR NEGOTIATING OTHER OBSTACLES. Never lean or place your loaded shotgun on or against a fence, tree, car or other similar object. 17. WEAR EYE AND EAR PROTECTION WHEN SHOOTING. Unprotected, repeated exposure to gunfire can cause hearing damage. Wear ear protectors (shooting earplugs or muffs) to guard against such damage. Wear shooting glasses to protect your eyes from flying particles. 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. Also, wear eye protection when disassembling and cleaning all firearms to prevent the possibility of springs, springtensioned parts, solvents or other agents from contacting your eyes. 18. DROPPING A LOADED GUN CAN CAUSE AN 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. 19. IF ANY FIREARM FAILS TO FIRE, KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION. Hold this position for a minimum of 30 seconds. Carefully open the action and remove the shell. If the primer is indented, the 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 should be corrected before further use. 20. BE DEFENSIVE AND ON GUARD AGAINST UNSAFE GUN HANDLING AROUND YOU AND OTHERS. Don’t be timid when it comes to gun safety. If you observe other shooters violating any of these safety precautions, politely suggest safer handling practices. 21. BE CERTAIN YOUR SHOTGUN IS UNLOADED BEFORE CLEANING. Because so many accidents occur when a firearm is being cleaned, special and extreme care should be taken to be sure your gun 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. 22. SUPERVISE AND TEACH FIREARMS SAFETY TO ALL MEMBERS OF YOUR FAMILY -ESPECIALLY TO CHILDREN AND NONSHOOTERS. Closely supervise newcomers to the shooting sports. Encourage enrollment in hunting/shooting safety courses. 23. NEVER DRINK ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES OR TAKE ANY TYPE OF DRUGS BEFORE OR DURING SHOOTING. Your vision and judgment could be dangerously impaired, making your gun handling unsafe to you and to others. 24. PERFORM 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 Browning's service facility in Arnold, Missouri. Browning cannot assume any responsibility for injuries suffered or caused by unauthorized servicing, alterations or modifications of Browning firearms. 25. READ AND HEED ALL WARNINGS in these instructions, on ammunition boxes and with all accessories that you install on your firearm. It is your responsibility to secure the most upto-date information on the safe handling procedures of your Browning gun. Browning assumes no liability for incidents which occur when unsafe or improper gun accessories or ammunition combinations are used. 26. Browning reserves the right to refuse service on firearms that have been altered, added to or substantially changed. Removal of metal from barrel(s), or modification of the firing mechanism and/or operating parts may lead to Browning’s refusal of service on such firearms. Browning will charge the owner for parts and labor to return the firearm to original Browning specifications. 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!