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 Post subject: Final 1902 Browning auto-5 prototype
PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2020 8:34 pm 
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Hello all,
Following this 1976 FN Browning Legia Catalogue, this pictured Browning auto-5 would be the final 1902 prototype. Looking closely, it appears to me that some elements of this shotgun don’t fit the 1902 12 gauge production. First it should be equipped with the suicide safety. Second, the surface of the carrier latch bottom should be smooth, this one has concentric circles that, following Sauerfan, appears only in 1909. Then, there is the barrel extension that is exceeding the receiver, which, following again Sauerfan, appears only on some 1904 examples. Is that really a 1902 prototype or an early 16 gauge prototype?

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 Post subject: Re: Final 1902 Browning auto-5 prototype
PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2020 11:17 pm 
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I think the prototype is in the Browning Museum in Ogden, Utah. It has the suicide safety and a one of a kind magazine cap. This gun looks like a 16. Not just because the barrel extension is visible, but also because the receiver looks shorter. The shorter receiver of the 16 is what makes the barrel extension protrude.

This could be the prototype 16. That would explain the safety and mag cap. And look at the straight receiver bottom. According to Sauerfan, the reinforcing bump was added in 1909 — the year the 16 was introduced. Could be the only 16 gauge Auto-5 without the bump.


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 Post subject: Re: Final 1902 Browning auto-5 prototype
PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2020 10:49 am 
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Not to mention the sloped "Hump".

The second generation Bolt Handle.

And of course the Bolt pin knock-out provision in the breech opening as opposed to holes by the carrier screws.

16 gauge for sure!

Good catch Marc!


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