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 com- pound for protection.
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 stan- dards established by the Sporting Arms and Am- munitionManufacturer’s Institute (SAAMI).
General Operating Procedures
Before assembling your Auto-5, clean the anti- rust compound from the barrel, receiver, maga- zine tube and the action-chamber areas. Brown- ing Oil is ideal for removing this compound and for giving your new gun its first lubrication.
However, any quality gun oil may be used. Assembly Procedures
CHECK YOUR GUN CAREFULLY TO ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN THAT THE FEED MECHANISM AND MAGAZINE NO SHELLS.
BE CHAMBER, CONTAIN
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 rear- ward, recocking the hammer. After full rearward
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.
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 accom- plishes 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.
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 fore- arm 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 ON REAR END OF THE FOREARM. PRESSURE COULD CAUSE THE SPLIT. THE OPEN TOO MUCH WOOD TO
2 The Automatic-5 is delivered with the maga- zine adaptor in the magazine which limits the gun to three shots total (to comply with Fed- eral migratory bird regulations), If you do not want your gun to be so limited, merely take