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Browning A5 Sweet Sixteen 16 Gauge, $650 (used)

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A little harder to find — most owners simply don’t want to let them go at any price — this older model of the Sweet Sixteen made in 1960 functioned very well and handled almost the same as the newer version. With its lower price tag and factoring in the nostalgia element, we believe this veteran firearm is a slightly better choice than the new model introduced in 2016.

Browning A5 Sweet Sixteen 16 Gauge, $650 (used)

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Still rolling along after 57 years of use, the veteran Sweet Sixteen’s long-recoil system driven by a heavy spring is a testament to the genius of John M. Browning. We found the system provided slightly heavier felt recoil than the new version of the A5 that utilizes a short recoil Kinematic Drive system.
The old steel receiver is slightly smaller than the 12 gauge A5 and measures about 1.5 inches shorter than the new Sweet Sixteen aluminum receiver. We found the short, heavy receiver affected balance and swing during shooting tests and resulted in us hitting fewer targets than with the other two shotguns.
The seasoned members of our team were pleased with the half pistol grip of the veteran Sweet Sixteen, which provided a solid grip and a good feel during the shooting sessions.

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