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Browning A5 Light Twelve 12 Gauge, $750 (used)

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A solid, smooth-functioning veteran dating back to 1969, this Light Twelve is still doing its job. Despite the name, it is much heavier than the others - one of the reasons some hunters turned to a 16 gauge rather than a 12.

Browning A5 Light Twelve 12 Gauge, $750 (used)

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The heavy spring that drives the long recoil system of the A5 revolutionized the semiautomatic shotgun market in the U.S. and still functions as well or better than any other system available to shooters. Note that special care is required during disassembly. The barrel must be held down when the magazine cap is removed or the barrel may become airborne. There is no such concern with the new version of the A5.
A magazine cutoff lever near the front of the receiver was a standard feature of the older A5 models, but does not appear on the new Sweet Sixteen. We consider the feature a plus, particularly in hunting situations.
Although not as slim and trim as the forearms of either of the two Sweet Sixteens, we liked the feel and easy gripping surface of the wood on this Light Twelve.
The original plastic buttplate of the Light Twelve provided little recoil relief, but it did offer a secure shoulder fit. Note that the original shiny stock finish has been replaced with hand-rubbed oil, which is more durable and highlights the grain of the wood.

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