Auto-5 Light

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!