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Emtymag
PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2020 5:23 pm  Reply with quote



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Earlier this week I came upon a Auto 5, it was not a “sweet” but a standard model.

The top of the barrel had knurling or checkering on it from the bead back to the action.

Is this normal? Thanks.

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John Singer
PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2020 5:33 pm  Reply with quote



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Emtymag wrote:
Earlier this week I came upon a Auto 5, it was not a “sweet” but a standard model.

The top of the barrel had knurling or checkering on it from the bead back to the action.

Is this normal? Thanks.


I have seen that on several Auto5's. It is very common on Browning Double Automatics.

It likely reduces glare off the top of the barrel.

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It’s called a matted barrel. Are you sure it’s a standard and not a sweet? If the serial number it could be a “stealth” sweet sixteen.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2020 5:59 am  Reply with quote
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My plain barrel 1949 std. A5 has no matting.
My plain barrel 1951 sweet has full length matting.
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Emtymag
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2020 5:33 pm  Reply with quote



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Thanks guys. I’m new to the auto 5.

Numbers on the receiver screws matched the receiver. It’s no safe queen and has been used well. I dont really upland hunt but hunt ducks a lot and figured this would be a good one to add to the arsenal which only consists of my new A5 now.

Barrel was marked 2 3/4” but NOT marked with the choking.

Price was $659 if I remember right.

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No "stars" (actually an asterisk, I believe) on the left side of the barrel in front of receiver? This designates choke on Auto-5 barrels. There has been slight variation over the years, but generally * means full, _* improved modified, ** modified, **_improved cylinder, *** cylinder.

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Emtymag
PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2020 5:48 pm  Reply with quote



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I’m sure it was marked but I was unaware of the marking system. I was on the road and the gun is in Iowa. I don’t have anything coming up that I need to go back down there for so I doubt I’ll see it again.

Thanks, now I know for the next one I come across.

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