The Browning Auto-5 was the first mass-produced semi-automatic shotgun. Designed by John Browning in 1898 and patented in 1900, it was serially produced from 1902 to 1998 (the last commemorative models were made by FN in 1999). It was originally manufactured by FN, but Browning also would later license the design to Remington, which produced it as their Model 11 (1905–1947). Savage Arms also licensed the design from Browning and produced it as their Model 720 (1930-1949), and Model 745 (1941-1949). Browning's long-recoil design itself served as the operating system for subsequent Remington Model 11-48, Savage (755, 775 models), Franchi AL-48 and MTs 21 shotguns.
Contrary to a common mistake, the name of the shotgun does not represent the year when its production was started (which was actually is 1902), but its capacity in the original configuration (4 rounds in the magazine, plus the 5th chambered).
In 2014 Browning Arms Company released the A5, a recoil-operated shotgun with external resemblance to the Auto 5, which is being manufactured in Belgium, assembled in Portugal.
(1902 - 1999)
- Type: Shotgun
- Calibers: 12 gauge, 16 gauge, 20 gauge
- Weight: 9 lbs (4.1 kg)
- Length: 50 in (127 cm)
- Barrel Length: 20" , 24" , 26" , 28" , 30" and 32" inches
- Capacity: 4+1-round tubular magazine, 8+1-round tubular magazine (police/military version); aftermarket extended tubes are also aviable
- Fire Modes: Semi-Auto
The Browning Auto-5 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:
|Show Title / Episode||Actor||Character||Note||Air Date|
|The Three Stooges||.||1939|
|The Dukes of Hazzard||James Best||Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane||.||1979-1983|
|Lock 'n Load With R. Lee Ermey||R. Lee Ermey||Himself||.||2009|
|Boardwalk Empire||Stephen Graham||Al Capone||Riot-gun||2010-2014|
|Boardwalk Empire||Jack Huston||Richard Harrow||"21"(02.01)||2010-2014|
|Game Title||Appears as||Note||Release Date|
|BloodRayne||Breaning A5||With Cutts Compensator||2002|
|Battlefield 1942||"Shotgun"||Secret Weapons of WWII expansion pack||2003|
|Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault||"Model 11 Riot Gun"||2004|
|Team Fortress 2||"Baby Face's Blaster"||With "mare's leg" stock, sawed-off barrel, drum magazine, and lever action instead of semi-auto||2007|
|Godfather II, The (VG)||2009|
|Red Dead Redemption||"Semi-auto Shotgun"||2010|
|Deadfall Adventures||"FN Auto 5"||short barreled military version||2013|
|The Order 1886||"RA-5 Repeating Shotgun"||2015|
|Battlefield 1||"12g Automatic"||Straight stock||2016|
|Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades||Auto-5||2016|
|Screaming Steel: 1914-1918||"Auto-5"||2018|
|Red Dead Redemption II||"Semi-auto Shotgun"||2018|
|Battlefield V||"12g Automatic"||Straight stock||2018|
- Browning Arms Company - A list of all firearms manufactured by Browning.