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 in- troduced, care must be given to suitable adjust- ment 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 re- coil. 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 ob- tained.
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 op- eration. If a side of the barrel shows signs that it is rubbing against the forearm, the ap- plication of a fine piece of emery cloth to the interfering portion of the inside of the fore- arm will quickly rectify the problem.
Using the Speed Loading Feature
WHENEVER LOADING, THAT THE MUZZLE IS
ALWAYS BE 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 suffi-
ciently increase recoil to a point satisfactory for good ejection.
SAFE DIRECTION AND THAT THE SAFETY IS “ON SAFE”. KEEP YOUR HAND AWAY FROM THE EJECTION PORT TO A VOID BEING STRUCK BY THE BREECH BOLT, WHEN THE ACTION CLOSES.
SHELL HAS BEEN
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 qual- ity 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 remain- ing 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 practi- cally dry. Function will not be affected and you will find these heavy loads much more comfort- able to shoot.
OR ANY OTHER TIME, AUTOMATI-
CALLY OR MANUALLY—THE SHOTGUN IS READY TO FIRE BY SIMPLY MOVING THE “SAFETY” TO THE OFF SAFE POSITION.
BE SURE THE MUZZLE IS POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION AND THE “SAFETY” IS “ON SAFE”. If the breech bolt is not already