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 Post subject: Browning Sweet Sixteen carrier latch replacement
PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2020 11:28 pm 
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My buddy has a very nice, old Sweet Sixteen that is spitting out an unfired round when cycling. I'm guessing it needs a new carrier latch. We're in a rural area and he brought it to a local "gunsmith" who failed to fix the issue.

I have always worked on my own guns and would like to help him out, but I've never touched an old A-5.

Does my diagnosis sound correct? If so, can the latch (in stock at Midwest Gun Works) be replaced without extensive disassembly of what I consider to be the most complicated shotgun?

Midwest also has a downloadable copy of the field manual for the A-5, with excellent information on service, disassembly/reassembly and tuning. This would be helpful if it does turn out to be a job i can tackle. I'm also aware of a series of excellent Youtube repair videos by a famous A-5 'smith.

Thanks for any advice or guidance...



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 Post subject: Re: Browning Sweet Sixteen carrier latch replacement
PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2020 6:52 am 
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You’re right, the problem is the Carrier Latch, and a new one will just drop in.

The catch is that prior to 1958, the part was screwed in place. If there’s corrosion or you strip the screw, you’re screwed. In 1958 Browning drilled the hole all the way through and started using a roll pin to secure the part. Now if there’s trouble you can just drive it out. Care must be taken when installing the new latch that you get the holes lined up exactly because it’s easy to damage the new part.

I had this problem on my 1965 Light Twelve. I tried to fix it myself by bending the front of the latch so it more fully blocked the magazine. It worked for about 50 rounds. So I took the gun to the famous A5 gunsmith, Art Isaacson. He told be to bend the rear of the latch to make the repair. But he couldn’t get it to work after my own attempts, so he replaced the part. No gunsmithing required.

One other thing, a gun with this problem will operate normally when loaded with only two shells. The next-to-load shell is restrained by the Locking Block Latch pinned to the bottom of the bolt, bypassing the Carrier Latch.

Here’s Art fixing my gun:

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 Post subject: Re: Browning Sweet Sixteen carrier latch replacement
PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:38 am 
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Rudolph31 wrote:
You’re right, the problem is the Carrier Latch, and a new one will just drop in. <SNIP>


Thanks!

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