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 Post subject: 1969 Light Twelve (or "Randy Wakeman, you cost me money!")
PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2016 10:28 pm 
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I picked up the 1969 Browning A-5 Light 12 last week; hadn't shot one in 40 years and I'd forgotten what a great shotgun they are. It fits like it was built for me, it is perfectly balanced and fast in the hands. With field loads, this shotgun it kicks so little it does not need a pad.

Youngest son and I ran through a box of clays with the Browning this afternoon. I was calling for birds with the gun at high port, safety on, and shooting when the bead caught the bird. Think I missed one of 35 or so and usually, there wasn't a dime sized piece that hit the ground. I'm not a great wingshot but this gun is a natural hitter for me.


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 Post subject: Re: 1969 Light Twelve (or "Randy Wakeman, you cost me money!
PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 10:43 am 
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Nice! That's a beauty. A more classic shotgun is hard to name. I've got a '72 Light Twelve with 26" IC and a 28" Full and love it. My other A-5 is a Magnum made in 1969. Great guns. Both belonged to my Uncle and are very special to me.

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1972 Light Twelve w/26"

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1959 Browning Superposed, 12ga, Gr 1, 28" Mod / Imp Cyl
1986 Browning 325 12ga Citori
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1972 Browning A-5 Light Twelve
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 Post subject: Re: 1969 Light Twelve (or "Randy Wakeman, you cost me money!
PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 11:46 am 
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(or "Randy Wakeman, you cost me money!")


It is an "investment!"

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 Post subject: Re: 1969 Light Twelve (or "Randy Wakeman, you cost me money!
PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 3:30 pm 
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The "it's a good investment" approach does not work with my wife, any more.

She says it might be true........only if I plan to SELL it!


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 Post subject: Re: 1969 Light Twelve (or "Randy Wakeman, you cost me money!
PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 5:21 pm 
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Just tell her it's an investment for her to sell someday after you're done with it. If that don't work try the "family heirloom" approach. :)


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 Post subject: Re: 1969 Light Twelve (or "Randy Wakeman, you cost me money!
PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 6:26 pm 
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Thanks JCS, but that one of yours is immaculate.

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It is an "investment!"


I can't quit shooting it long enough to check the stock market! Seriously, I saw this listed for sale on an FFL buddy's site and I googled into your youtube vid on the Light 12. Excellent source of info on these dandy shotguns and it brought back a lot of Auto 5 memories from my youth. Thank you for posting it; otherwise I might have missed a jewel.

Anatidae wrote:
The "it's a good investment" approach does not work with my wife, any more.

She says it might be true........only if I plan to SELL it!


duckqwacker wrote:
Just tell her it's an investment for her to sell someday after you're done with it. If that don't work try the "family heirloom" approach. :)


You guys don't know my wife. I bought Mossberg 930 in January, wrung it out thoroughly and then shortened the stock an inch as a gunsmithing project. Guess who has it now? At least my Browning is safe, it's too long for her to shoot comfortably.


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 Post subject: Re: 1969 Light Twelve (or "Randy Wakeman, you cost me money!
PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 6:32 pm 
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SargeMO wrote:


An A-5 Light Twelve was my grandfather's only gun. Grandpa and Grandma had a long, happy marriage of over 60 years.

My Dad was married for 64-1/2 years. Yes, to the same woman! Multiple A-5's were a part of his entire married life.

A Browning Automatic-Five may not guarantee a long, happy marriage . . . but, it is certainly no deterrent.

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 Post subject: Re: 1969 Light Twelve (or "Randy Wakeman, you cost me money!
PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2016 10:58 am 
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Lots of "marriage-builder" options in the classifieds section right now.


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 Post subject: Re: 1969 Light Twelve (or "Randy Wakeman, you cost me money!
PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2016 12:15 pm 
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Some of my old - bird hunting memories was with a buddy that had a A5. Loved them ever since and have always wanted one. Again, tossing the idea around to buy one for hunting and occasionally using it at the trap/sporting clay course with my other guns. Don't much want a new one. Maybe a 30". Doesn't have to be a looker, just in good mechanical condition. There I go, thinking out loud.

But they sure are great guns !


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 Post subject: Re: 1969 Light Twelve (or "Randy Wakeman, you cost me money!
PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2016 5:27 pm 
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I like Browning Auto-5s, too. Classic good looks, wonderful craftsmanship, and super reliability. What's not to like? Unfortunately, for me, I can't seem to hit much with them. After two different Japanese Light Twelves and a Belgian Sweet Sixteen, I have concluded that I just don't shoot the A5 well. Both Light Twelves are long gone and I'm about ready to give up on the Sweet.


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 Post subject: Re: 1969 Light Twelve (or "Randy Wakeman, you cost me money!
PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 10:04 am 
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It's all a matter of what fits and points naturally for you. Nothing stays around here long, if it don't do that.




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