Hi Doorknob,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?
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.