browning a5 us property 16 gauge
(Stamped U.S. Property)


"This Browning A-5 is a 16 Gauge Automatic manufactured in the 1920's. I bought this gun for its collector value and to keep loaded for home protection. The 16 gauge shotgun shell reminds me of the .32 caliber cartridge in that neither are as popular today as they once were."

This Browning Shotgun was manufactured in the 1920's. I have been told that these guns were used to train Naval gunners. I don't have a lot of information to provide on the U.S. Property stamped Brownings from this era, but will post more as soon as I do my research.

a browning 16 gauge shotgun
How the autoloading shotgun came to be ...

  • 1.

    Feb. 8, 1900

    The first of four patents were filed on the revolutionary autoloading shotgun by John Browning.
  • 2.

    Jan., 1902

    In a disagreement about the public acceptability of the autoloading shotgun, John Browning severed his nineteen year relationship with T.G. Bennett of Winchester.
  • 3.

    Jan. 8, 1902

    An appointment was made to show the new shotgun to Mr. Marcellus Hartley of Remington. This meeting was cancelled by Mr. Hartley's untimely death that afternoon.
  • 4.

    Feb., 1902

    With his autoloading shotgun securely tucked under his arm, John Browning embarked on his first ocean voyage. He would offer the new shotgun to Fabrique Nationale.

browning 16 gauge
browning 16 gauge

Havea Question?

From the CollectionShotguns

Ithaca Flues shotgun

The Ithaca Gun Company first produced a single-barrel trap gun in 1914.
New Improved Design - Knickerbocker Trap Gun

New Improved Design (NID) created by Frank Knickerbocker. The serial numbers of the "Knick" guns began with 400000 in 1922 and ended with serial number 402789 in 1944. Only 2,789 made!
Browning A5 automatic shotgun

Auto 16 gauge short bbl, stamped U.S. Property.
Bottom Ejector Remington

Pump action with bottom ejection 12 gauge with stamped patent dates 1903 and 1905.
Remington Trap Gun

A Single-Shot 12 Gauge Trap gun with a 34" bbl, Full Fixed Choke, low vent rib and adjustable comb stock.
Abercrombie & Fitch 12 gauge from the mid 70s

Abercrombie & Fitch used to be a world renown hunting outfitter. Today they sell blue jeans and t-shirts to teenagers. Times do change.
Browning A5

This Browning A5 12 gauge is stamped U.S. Property.