Coming to the Range: Browning A5 Sweet Sixteen

Browning has reintroduced the Auto-5 Sweet Sixteen shotgun chambered in the in-between 16 gauge.

Browning just dropped a big announcement only a few days before the kickoff of SHOT Show 2016: the return of the Auto-5 "Sweet Sixteen" shotgun.

The venerable A5 autoloading shotgun made its own return only a few years ago after production ceased in 1998, and will now be offered in the classic 16 gauge chambering. The shotgun, like its predecessor, will be built on a smaller, lighter receiver than its 12-gauge brethren.

According to Browning, "The new Browning A5 makes better use of kinetic energy with its powerful, short recoil-operated Kinematic Drive System. Kinematic Drive harnesses recol energy and converts it into the mechanical motion needed to operate the action."

What all that means is the A5 will reliable cycle any load, from the lightest target rounds to the heaviest magnum shells.

The A5 Sweet Sixteen has a walnut stock and forearm witha pistol grip and 18 lines-per-inch checkering. Also includes are 1/4- and 1/2-inch stock spacers for length of pull adjustments.

The humpback receiver of the A5 Sweet Sixteen.

The shotgun ships with three Invector-DS chokes and a 26- or 28-inch barrel. It has an MSRP of $1,699.99.

The original Sweet Sixteen, which Browning made from 1937 to 1975, was prized for its ease of carrying and handling, similar to a smaller 20 gauge, but hit with near-12 gauge authority. Miroku took over production of the A5 in Japan from 1975 to 1998, when it was discontinued until Browning resurrected it in 2014. Current A5s are still manufactured by Miroku.

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