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 Post subject: Is there a special barrel for 1952 Browning A5 20 gauge?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:29 pm 
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My friend has a 1952 Browning A5 20 gauge with a full choke barrel. His sons, who are deployed out of country, have asked me to help find an improved and/or modified barrels for a Father’s Day present. Is there a certain type or variation of barrel I should be looking for? Or, will any 20 gauge A5 barrel fit in that particular gun?

He shoots sub-gauge sporting clays with it but he doesn’t want to alter the barrel for screw in chokes. I’m several hours away and can’t really get my hands on the gun easily, but his wife may be able to send me pictures if necessary. Thanks for the help.




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 Post subject: Re: Is there a special barrel for 1952 Browning A5 20 gauge?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:41 pm 
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Any Light Twenty barrel will fit, a Magnum Twenty barrel won’t. New barrels are available from Midwest Gun Works for $450.

https://www.midwestgunworks.com/brownin ... rrels.html

By the way, your friends gun cannot be a 1952 Light Twenty as they weren’t introduced until 1958. Better make sure what it is before spending any money.


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 Post subject: Re: Is there a special barrel for 1952 Browning A5 20 gauge?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:59 pm 
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Thank You. I saw a couple different options on the Midwest site. I’ll call them tomorrow. If I understand you correctly — the light twenty barrel will work on his 1952 model even though his gun is not a LT?


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 Post subject: Re: Is there a special barrel for 1952 Browning A5 20 gauge?
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He doesn't have a 1952 model. Browning did not make a 20 gauge A-5 until 1958. See: https://gundigest.com/more/classic-guns ... -20-gauges .

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 Post subject: Re: Is there a special barrel for 1952 Browning A5 20 gauge?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:53 pm 
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OK, thanks Randy Waksman. Looks like I’m going to have to ask his wife to take some pictures of the gun and determine the year of manufacture. Are there different barrels based on the year of manufacture?


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 Post subject: Re: Is there a special barrel for 1952 Browning A5 20 gauge?
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OK, thanks Randy Waksman. Looks like I’m going to have to ask his wife to take some pictures of the gun and determine the year of manufacture. Are there different barrels based on the year of manufacture?


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 Post subject: Re: Is there a special barrel for 1952 Browning A5 20 gauge?
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OK, thanks Randy Wakeman. Looks like I’m going to have to ask his wife to take some pictures of the gun and determine the year of manufacture. Are there different barrels based on the year of manufacture?


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 Post subject: Re: Is there a special barrel for 1952 Browning A5 20 gauge?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:06 pm 
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No, I’m saying that the 20 gauge Auto-5 debuted in 1958. There was a Remington, “American Browning” in that gauge made during the war, but I don’t think you have one of those. The date on these is very easy to determine. There’s a prefix to the serial number consisting of single digit (1958-1967) for the year, and a Z model code. So 2Z xxxxx would be a 1962 Light Twenty.


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 Post subject: Re: Is there a special barrel for 1952 Browning A5 20 gauge?
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Post the serial number - that date can allow Browning to tell you the year of manufacture.

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If the action of the gun says LIGHT TWENTY, then it will take a LIGHT TWENTY barrel.

It would also be neat to know exactly what year the LIGHT TWENTY was made, but it's not necessary.

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 Post subject: Re: Is there a special barrel for 1952 Browning A5 20 gauge?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:27 am 
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SuperXOne wrote:
If the action of the gun says LIGHT TWENTY, then it will take a LIGHT TWENTY barrel.

It would also be neat to know exactly what year the LIGHT TWENTY was made, but it's not necessary.


It’s a common misconception that only some non-magnum 20’s are Light Twenty’s. FN never made a “Standard Twenty”; they all had the same lightening techniques that the Sweet Sixteen and Light Twelve had. But they didn’t bother to engrave the whole name on the receiver until 1973.

So, though the receiver is just marked “TWENTY”, it’s a Light Twenty, and any Light Twenty barrel will fit.


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 Post subject: Re: Is there a special barrel for 1952 Browning A5 20 gauge?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:05 am 
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I’ve asked my friends wife to send me pics of the gun, including the serial number. When I get that information I’ll determine the year of the gun and post that information. Hopefully, that will be sufficient to make a determination. So far it sounds like about any 20 gauge A5 barrel will work. I’ve been to the Midwest Gun Works site and they have a 28” barrel with standard Invector chokes. I’m leaning toward recommending they get that one for him. Thanks for all the comments.


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 Post subject: Re: Is there a special barrel for 1952 Browning A5 20 gauge?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:17 pm 
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Rudolph31 wrote:
Any Light Twenty barrel will fit, a Magnum Twenty barrel won’t. New barrels are available from Midwest Gun Works for $450.

https://www.midwestgunworks.com/brownin ... rrels.html

By the way, your friends gun cannot be a 1952 Light Twenty as they weren’t introduced until 1958. Better make sure what it is before spending any money.

What is the difference between standard barrels and Magnum barrels?

A light having come on after I checked the A5 parts list I keep, yes, the Magnum barrels are different,,, I'm going to bet that's a 3" shell barrel, thus the longer extension, and all the associated receiver alterations to run 1/4" longer shells.

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 Post subject: Re: Is there a special barrel for 1952 Browning A5 20 gauge?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:07 pm 
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OldStufferA5#1911 wrote:
Rudolph31 wrote:
Any Light Twenty barrel will fit, a Magnum Twenty barrel won’t. New barrels are available from Midwest Gun Works for $450.

https://www.midwestgunworks.com/brownin ... rrels.html

By the way, your friends gun cannot be a 1952 Light Twenty as they weren’t introduced until 1958. Better make sure what it is before spending any money.

What is the difference between standard barrels and Magnum barrels?

A light having come on after I checked the A5 parts list I keep, yes, the Magnum barrels are different,,, I'm going to bet that's a 3" shell barrel, thus the longer extension, and all the associated receiver alterations to run 1/4" longer shells.


I don’t have any Magnums, but I think the Barrel Ring is located differently also.


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 Post subject: Re: Is there a special barrel for 1952 Browning A5 20 gauge?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:22 pm 
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The serial no. Is 8Z over 5XXX. Would that make it a 1958 model? What does the Zmean? Thanks


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 Post subject: Re: Is there a special barrel for 1952 Browning A5 20 gauge?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:26 pm 
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The Z means it’s a Light Twenty, and yes, the 8 means 1958 — the first year of production. In 1968 they started using two digits for the year, then in 1976 they changed to a whole different system.


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 Post subject: Re: Is there a special barrel for 1952 Browning A5 20 gauge?
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The serial no. Is 8Z over 5XXX. Would that make it a 1958 model? What does the Zmean? Thanks
Any barrel for a Light Twenty will fit however the Invector barrels are a little thicker and the forearm may have to be opened up a bit for proper fit.


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 Post subject: Re: Is there a special barrel for 1952 Browning A5 20 gauge?
PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:02 pm 
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E bay is loaded with a5 barrels


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 Post subject: Re: Is there a special barrel for 1952 Browning A5 20 gauge?
PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:33 pm 
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The 8 prefix most often indicates 1958, but Light 12's have been observed to have an 8 prefix on 1968 guns as well as a 68 prefix. A 1958 gun will have "Twenty" engraved on it, the "Light Twenty" started when the "Magnum" came alone.

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