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A5
autoloading shotgun
owner's manual

Summary of Contents

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    ™ autoloading shotgun owner’s manual...

  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Maintenance of Oil Finish Stocks ............49 With a reasonable amount of care, your A5 shotgun is designed Models with Special Finishes ..............49 to give you many years of dependable, enjoyable service.

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    s t a t e w a r n i n g Please read and understand all of the cautions, warnings, notices, proper handling procedures and instructions outlined in this owner’s According to state law, California requires that firearm manufacturers, manual before using your new firearm.

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    3 WHENEvER YOU HANDLE ANY FiREARM, OR HAND iT TO SOMEONE, 7 HUNTiNg FROM ELEvATED SURFACES SUCH AS TREESTANDS ALWAYS OPEN THE ACTiON iMMEDiATELY AND viSUALLY CHECK THE iS DANgEROUS. FiREARM’S CHAMbER TO MAKE CERTAiN THAT THE FiREARM iS Doing so may increase the risk of mishandling a firearm. The COMPLETELY UNLOADED. following rules should always be observed by you and those you Make certain the firearm does not inadvertently contain any hunt with. Always make certain that the stand being used is safe ammunition.

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    10 bE ALERT TO THE SigNS OF AMMUNiTiON MALFUNCTiON. iF YOU shells of nonstandard dimensions or which develop pressures DETECT AN OFF SOUND OR LigHT RECOiL WHEN A SHELL iS FiRED, in excess of commercially available ammunition which has been DO NOT LOAD ANOTHER SHELL iNTO THE CHAMbER. loaded in accordance with standards established by the Sporting If your firearm fails to fire, keep the muzzle pointed in a safe Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’...

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    d e s C r i P t i o n a n d o P e r a t i o n impaired, making your gun handling unsafe to you and to others. The Browning A5 is a recoil-operated autoloading shotgun capable of 23 READ AND HEED ALL WARNiNgS iN THiS OWNER’S MANUAL, ON...

  • Page 7: Nomenclature, Serial Number

    n u m B e r first lubrication. Place a drop of The serial number of your A5 shotgun is found on the right side lightweight gun oil on both sides of the inside of the receiver on the of the receiver, below the bolt release button.

  • Page 8: Bolt Latch, Assembly

    This exposes the red warning band on the “safety” COMPLETELY UNLOADED. PLACE THE “SAFETY” iN THE ON SAFE button (Figure 5). POSiTiON. FAiLURE TO FOLLOW THiS WARNiNg COULD RESULT iN SERiOUS iNjURY OR DEATH. The A5 shotgun is delivered in the box with the barrel removed from DO NOT DEPEND ON THE RED COLOR ALONE TO iNDiCATE YOUR the receiver. Assemble the A5 according to the following procedures. FiREARM’S SAFETY STATUS. TiME, ExPOSURE TO THE ELEMENTS, AND THE AbRASivE ACTiON OF CLEANiNg AgENTS CAN ERASE iT. FAiLURE TO 1 Lock the slide assembly rearward by first sliding the bolt latch to FOLLOW THiS WARNiNg COULD RESULT iN SERiOUS iNjURY OR DEATH.

  • Page 9: Disassembly

    NOTICE! DO NOT SqUEEZE HARD ON FigURE 6 FigURE 9 FigURE 10 THE OPEN REAR END OF A WOOD FOREARM. TOO MUCH PRESSURE COULD CAUSE THE WOOD TO SPLiT. 4 Remove the forearm retainer by sliding it forward and out of the forearm (Figure 6). Retain the forearm retainer for future use as it helps prevent damage to the receiver and forearm when slide the barrel and forearm over the magazine Press and hold the barrel down and install the Before assembly, unscrew the magazine cap...

  • Page 10: Ammunition

    DO NOT PUT A 16 OR 20 gAUgE SHELL iN A 12 gAUgE SHOTgUN. DO 3 Remove the forearm and barrel together by pulling them forward NOT PUT A 28 gAUgE SHELL iN A 20 gAUgE SHOTgUN. DO NOT PUT A and off the magazine tube. .410 bORE SHELL iN A 28 gAUgE SHOTgUN. NEvER PUT METALLiC 4 Remove the forearm from the barrel by carefully pulling the rear CARTRiDgES OF ANY KiND iN A SHOTgUN. SPECiFiCALLY, NEvER PUT of the forearm away from the barrel slightly, then pulling the CENTERFiRE RiFLE OR PiSTOL CARTRiDgES iN A SHOTgUN CHAMbERED forearm to the rear and off the barrel bracket.

  • Page 11: Magazine Capacity, Three-shot Adapter (plug)

    t h r e e - s h o t a d a P t e r ( P l u g ) FigURE 11 FigURE 12 ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE POiNTED iN A SAFE DiRECTiON. bEFORE REMOviNg OR iNSTALLiNg THE THREE-SHOT ADAPTER (PLUg), COMPLETELY UNLOAD THE SHOTgUN. OPEN THE ACTiON AND viSUALLY iNSPECT THE CHAMbER, FEED MECHANiSM AND MAgAZiNE TO bE AbSOLUTELY CERTAiN THE FiREARM iS COMPLETELY UNLOADED. PLACE THE “SAFETY” iN THE ON SAFE POSiTiON. FAiLURE TO FOLLOW THiS WARNiNg COULD RESULT iN SERiOUS iNjURY OR DEATH. WEAR EYE PROTECTiON WHEN REMOviNg OR iNSTALLiNg THE use a key or small screwdriver to press in remove the three-shot adapter (plug). on the three-shot adapter (plug), then rotate THREE-SHOT ADAPTER (PLUg) TO PREvENT SPRiNgS, SPRiNg-LOADED a quarter-turn. PARTS, SOLvENTS OR OTHER AgENTS FROM CONTACTiNg YOUR 3 The A5 features the unique TurnKey Magazine Plug which EYES, RESULTiNg iN iNjURY.

  • Page 12: Loading, Firing

    FigURE 13 FigURE 14 NOTICE! NEvER ALLOW THE ACTiON s P e e d l o a d i n g TO SLAM CLOSED bY PRESSiNg THE 1 If shooting is imminent, lock bOLT RELEASE bUTTON WiTHOUT THE the slide assembly rearward by bARREL iNSTALLED. iF THE SLiDE first sliding the bolt latch to the ASSEMbLY iS RELEASED FORWARD rear, then pulling the operating WiTH THE bARREL REMOvED, THE handle fully to the rear as OPERATiNg HANDLE WiLL STRiKE THE...

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    FigURE 15 2 Close the slide assembly by pressing the bolt release button. 3 If shooting is imminent, insert a shell of the proper gauge and 3 Insert a shell of the proper gauge and length through the loading length through the ejection port at the bottom of the receiver up into the magazine, using port into the open breech your thumb to position it fully forward in the magazine tube...

  • Page 14: Unloading

    ALWAYS iNSPECT THE CHAMbER, bARREL, FEED MECHANiSM AND 3 With a shell in the chamber, you need only move the “safety” to MAgAZiNE CAREFULLY AFTER UNLOADiNg TO bE SURE ALL LivE SHELLS the off safe position to fire the shotgun. ARE CLEARED FROM THE FiREARM. 4 When ready to fire, move the “safety” into the off safe position, take aim and squeeze the trigger. s P e e d u n l o a d i n g After a shell is fired, energy from the fired shell operates the slide 1 Place the “safety”...

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    Current production A5 shotgun barrels are threaded to accept the Invector-DS choke system. Confirm the choke system of your shotgun i n t e r C h a n g e a B l e C h o K e t u B e s Y s t e m...

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    Replacement and additional tubes and wrenches are available from your Browning dealer, or by contacting our Consumer Department. See “Service or Repair” on page 49 for contact information. F o u r x F o u r...

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    C h o K e t u B e i n s ta l l at i o n Spacers can be ordered through your Browning dealer or by calling 1 Place the “safety” in the on safe our Customer Service Department at (800) 322-4626.

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    1 Use a #2 cross tip or Phillips screwdriver to remove the recoil pad fit between the buttstock and receiver, allowing customized at the end of the buttstock (Figure 21, page 31). Place a small adjustments to the comb and heel. Each shim is labeled/stamped for amount of petroleum jelly on the screw access slits on the top and a specific amount of adjustment.

  • Page 19: Extra Barrels

    TO FOLLOW THESE WARNiNgS COULD RESULT iN SERiOUS iNjURY OR DEATH. The versatility of your new shotgun can be extended with an extra barrel. A5 shotgun barrels are interchangeable within a given gauge and chamber length. No special fitting is required. However, some important restrictions must be observed: remove the stock insert.

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    NOTICE! PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THE FOLLOWiNg iNFORMATiON bEFORE CLEANiNg YOUR FiREARM. Your A5 shotgun will function better and more reliably over a longer period of time if it is properly maintained and kept clean. You should C l e a n i n g P a r t s w i t h s P e C i a l F i n i s h e s...

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    Browning offers a complete line of products to make cleaning your (but not both). firearm fast and easy. Be sure to follow all instructions when using P e r i o d i C o i l i n g any product to clean your firearm.

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    NOTICE! DO NOT DiSASSEMbLE cleaning as explained in the following sections. The trigger group of THE TRiggER gROUP bEYOND your A5 shotgun can be removed in the field with only a small punch. THiS POiNT. Disassembly of the action involves the removal of the slide assembly lift the trigger group from the receiver.

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    FigURE 31 bEFORE REMOviNg THE SLiDE ASSEMbLY, PLACE THE “SAFETY” iN THE Firing Pin retaining Pin recoil spring ON SAFE POSiTiON. OPEN THE ACTiON AND MAKE CERTAiN YOUR SHOTgUN iS COMPLETELY UNLOADED. KEEP THE MUZZLE POiNTED iN A slide assembly SAFE DiRECTiON. FAiLURE TO FOLLOW THESE WARNiNgS COULD RESULT Bolt iN SERiOUS iNjURY OR DEATH. slide link Firing Pin spring WEAR EYE PROTECTiON WHEN DiSASSEMbLiNg AND CLEANiNg YOUR unlocking Pin SHOTgUN TO PREvENT SPRiNgS, SPRiNg-LOADED PARTS, SOLvENTS OR Firing Pin OTHER AgENTS FROM CONTACTiNg YOUR EYES, RESULTiNg iN iNjURY. the slide assembly shown disassembled for cleaning. 2 Remove the barrel and forearm as explained previously. KEEP ALL AMMUNiTiON AWAY FROM THE CLEANiNg AREA. NEvER TEST THE MECHANiCAL FUNCTiON OF YOUR SHOTgUN WiTH LivE 3 Carefully place the slide assembly in the forward position by AMMUNiTiON. FAiLURE TO FOLLOW THESE WARNiNgS COULD RESULT retaining the operating handle and pressing the bolt release button.

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    FigURE 32 FigURE 33 FigURE 36 FigURE 37 Push the firing pin retaining pin out. remove the firing pin retaining pin. insert the bolt as shown. install the unlocking pin as shown. the hole must align with the firing pin. 5 Using a punch, press inward on the unlocking pin from the left side THE FiRiNg PiN iS UNDER SPRiNg TENSiON. WEAR EYE PROTECTiON of the slide assembly (Figure 35, page 44). Remove the unlocking WHEN DiSASSEMbLiNg AND CLEANiNg YOUR SHOTgUN TO PREvENT pin from the slide assembly. SPRiNgS, SPRiNg-LOADED PARTS, SOLvENTS OR OTHER AgENTS FROM 6 Remove the bolt from the front of the slide assembly.

  • Page 25: Removal Of The Trigger Group, Removal Of The Slide Assembly

    FigURE 38 Use a nylon brush to loosen caked-on grime. IMPORTANT: Do not force the firing pin into the opening. If Wipe the receiver cavity clean. Lightly oil the cavity and wipe it dry. the firing pin will not easily go No further disassembly is required for cleaning.

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    LUbRiCANT CAN iNTERFERE WiTH THE FUNCTiONiNg OF YOUR SHOTgUN. DO NOT SPRAY SOLvENT iNSiDE THE ACTiON TUbE. Browning firearm. While special finishes such as engraving and gold plating greatly 4 Carefully rest the shotgun vertically on a rag with the action tube...

  • Page 27: Service Or Repair

    If your firearm should require service or repairs, we suggest you first contact a local recommended Browning Firearms Service Center. To locate a service center visit browning.com, contact our Customer Service Department or your Browning firearms dealer for the address of the Service Center nearest you.

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    n o t e s...

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    Browning.Com Browning us: Morgan, Utah 84050-9326 Browning Canada: Browning Canada Sports Ltd/Ltée, St-Laurent, Quebec, H4S 1W6 Browning intl: Parc Industriel des Hauts-Sarts, B-4040 Herstal, Belgium A01203/11382...

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