Loading......

A5 or Auto-5

The Browning A5 or Auto-5 was patented in 1900.

FN began production in Belgum in 1902. At the start of WWII production moved to Remington in the United States until FN could resume production after the war, actually 1952.

Pre-War Browning A5 Riot and Trench Gun

This gun was manufactured in 1937. Because the A5 is the second largest selling automatic shotgun in history (Remington 1100 is #1), there's not much I can say that hasn't already been written.

The Browning A5 has the destinction of being the first mass produced semiautomatic shotgun. John Browning himself called it his greatest achievement at the time, of course that was before the 1911 .45 caliber semiautomatic handgun.

If you own one of these guns and it has a letter in the serial number, your gun would have been made after 1953 and the letter is a code that represents;
  • G = Lightweight,
  • M = Standard Weight,
  • V = 12 Gauge Magnum,
  • S = Sweet Sixteen and
  • X = 20 Gauge.


Browning

FN Auto-5 Pre-WWII Guns

Serial Number Table

Year
of
DOM          
Begin
Serial
Number          
End
Serial
Number          
1924 3000 18000
1925 18001 33000
1926 33001 48000
1927 48001 63000
1928 63001 78000
1929 78001 93000
1930 93001 108000
1931 108001 123000
1932 123001 138000
1933 138001 153000
1934 153001 168000
1935 168001 183000
1936 183001 198000
1937 198001 213000
1938 213001 228000
1939 228001 229000




Pre-War Browning A5 Riot and Trench Gun

1937 FN Auto 5

1937 FN Auto 5

Note: Regarding the Serial Number Table, the pre-WWII guns in this serial number range have markings as pictured above. I also have a very low numbered 16 gauge that was made in the first 20 years of production, see that page for a comparison.

Best Deals on Gun Books!

Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial or get a Kindle Unlimited Membership Plan to read over 1 million ebooks on any device!

Shop Now

Disclosure: “As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.”

Top Brands

Deep Discounts

Gun Leather

gun leather
$ SAVE
  • Gun Holsters
  • Cases & Bags
  • Ammo Pouches
  • Gun Belts
  • Slings & Straps
Get Started

Gunsmithing

gunsmith
$ DEALS
  • Tools
  • Cleaning Kits
  • Punches
  • Gun Vises
  • Sight Tools
Get Started

Shooting Supplies

gear for shooters
$ SALE
  • Shooting Rests
  • Accessories
  • Gun Stands
  • Ear Protection
  • Targets & Blinds
Get Started
Back To Top