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texal
PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 2:29 pm  Reply with quote



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Just bought this one - American Browning- in 16 gauge great shape.

Is the American Browning (made 1940-1946 I believe) an exact copy of the Belgian Browning?

thanks for the help.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 2:53 pm  Reply with quote
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The American Browning was virtually the same as the Belgium model. The engraving pattern was different and I think they lacked the magazine cutoff. Some parts may not interchange with the Belgium made guns. I am not sure if the 16ga guns had 2 9/16" or 2 3/4" chambers.

The American Brownings were made by Remington while Belgium was occupied by the Germans and then as the country was recovering from World War II.

Remington had been making a copy of the Auto-5 under license from Browning since about 1905. The Remington gun was known as the Model 11.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 1:10 pm  Reply with quote
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Dunno about the 16ga Remington production models , but I have a wartime Light Twelve A5 that does have a magazine cutoff . The engraving wasn't as deeply struck on the American models , and the serial number is on the left side of the receiver , but mechanically , I think they're identical . The pre-war FN brand is mechanically identical as well .
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 4:39 pm  Reply with quote
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I stand corrected - the American Brownings had the magazine cutoff.

The top of the receiver on at least some of them had a matted finish. That is another difference from the Belgium model.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 4:54 pm  Reply with quote
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Indeed they do have a matte top to the receiver , I had to go check , lol.Good eyes
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Indeed they do have a matte top to the receiver , I had to go check , lol.Good eyes
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 9:09 pm  Reply with quote



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While the Belgian built A5 had only been built in 2 3/4 inch 12-gauge and 2 9/16 inch 16-gauge, the Remington built A5s of 1940-46 were made in 12-, 16- and 20-gauges, all chambered for 2 3/4 inch shells. Really they are much more a Remington Model 11 with the addition of a magazine cut-off switch, then anything else.

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