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A question asked for discussion. If Browning was to reintroduce the A-5 to todays market would sales justify the costs? Would you buy a modern version of this venerable design? What about if Remington or Savage were to reintroduce their (slightly different) versions of Mr. Browning's masterpiece? There seems a lot of interest for A-5s on this website, what about the rest of the world in general?

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If I was in need of a new gun I would buy an A-5 over any other auto. Right now they would have to come out with a 28 gauge A-5 for me to rush out and buy. I already have more A-5's than I could wear out in a few thousand years.
 

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This is a slippery slope but I don't think there would be much of a market for them. Anyone who wants one can already get one. The A-5 was/is a great gun and possibly ahead of its time but IMHO that time has passed. I may get reamed for saying this but there are much better auto's on the market today. The only reason I could see someone buying one (new production) would be for the "throwback" or vintage appeal.
 

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Doorknob said:
A question asked for discussion. If Browning was to reintroduce the A-5 to todays market would sales justify the costs? Would you buy a modern version of this venerable design? What about if Remington or Savage were to reintroduce their (slightly different) versions of Mr. Browning's masterpiece? There seems a lot of interest for A-5s on this website, what about the rest of the world in general?
Hi Doorknob,

as I'm a representative of „the rest of the world", here are my two cents:

no, I don't think, that a revival of the A5 would be a success. For several reasons:

1/ the A5 would be an expensive gun today. Is there a great number of hunters/shooters/collectors willing to pay a higher price? No, I don't think so.

2/ comparable revivals were a totally flop. Remember the revival of the Luger in the 70s by Mauser or by Krieghoff in the last years: too expensive, only few people really were interested in getting a brand new Luger.

3/ there are floating around too many (thousands!) of original "vintage" or true vintage A5s. What's the better gun for a number of people? The one having that certain "patina" and "smell of age". Again: compare with the Lugers: what is the more desirable one? The pre 1945 one or the brand new one? Personally, I wouldn't hesitate a second: the one having that certain patina would be my choice.

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Amendment:

4/ In General, in the "rest of the world" (Europe) semi automatic shotguns aren't very popular - no matter, what brand/type. There are legal restrictions in some countries, in others they have a bad reputation. So, the "good ole days" are long ago (here, in the rest of the world) as far as semi automatics are concerned. And nobody in Europe would care much for a revival of the A5.

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I think there would be enough interest, especially in replacement barrels and stocks and forearms. The responsibility of meeting past degrees of quality, and parts interchangeability, while still keeping manufacturing costs down at today's prices would indeed be quite a challenge, with the close tolerances available by modern machinery, it just might become feasible, but the production run would have to last long enough to recoup the initial cost of tooling and production.
I beleive if FN could be persuaded to bring them back in various grades, and initialize forms of new modern tasteful engraving designs, since they have quite a "canvas" on the room provided on an A5's receiver, I would be interested. They now have the technology of providing steel shot capability through metallurgy, my hope would be that they can produce a lightweight gun and still maintain the reliability proven thus far.
With the popularity of modern guns so proficient, I sure see a lot of modern o/u at the ranges, and they cost a lot more to build than an auto.
I believe there would be room for a tried and tested model such as the A5.
 
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