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 Post subject: Double Auto review from 1955
PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2021 6:29 am 
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Guns Magazine provides on-line copies of old issues in the Classics section of its website. Here is the March 1955 issue which has a critical review by Col. Askins of the new Double Auto starting on page 8.
https://gunsmagazine.com/wp-content/upl ... /G0455.pdf




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 Post subject: Re: Double Auto review from 1955
PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2021 6:58 am 
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Wow, thanks for that. The whole magazine is interesting.

The fellow didn’t have many nice things to say about the looks of the Auto 5.


And now Browning brags about the receiver look on the the one.


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 Post subject: Re: Double Auto review from 1955
PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2021 11:25 am 
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Thanks for posting that magazine. I agree that the Double Auto is one of the sleekest and fast to reload guns ever designed. It was a gamble that 2 shots would be enough when 3 shots was all that was allowed. It didn't work out that way but that doesn't mean the DA is not a singularly great design.

I think it was the first to use an alloy frame but not positive on that score. I really liked the "recess rib" design but never found one to buy when I was looking.

I think it is easily the most ambidextrous gun model ever made. Good stuff!


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 Post subject: Re: Double Auto review from 1955
PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2021 11:44 am 
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It is interesting that the article cites a potential ban on autoloaders with 3+ shell capacity as one of the reasons for developing the DA.
My DA is similar to the tested guns- a steel receiver, 2 rivets in the fore end, a barrel with a recessed rib (and one with a VR), rather plain wood, SN under 500. Handles great.


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 Post subject: Re: Double Auto review from 1955
PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2021 11:32 am 
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Interesting read, glad someone else thought the A5 was butt ugly.



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