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Browning Auto-5

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Browning Auto-5 (pre WW2) in Sporting/Field configuration - 12 gauge
Browning Auto-5 with 23" barrel - 12 gauge
Browning Auto-5 Buck Special - 12 gauge
Browning Auto 5/Remington Model 11 in Riot Gun configuration - 12 gauge

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, MTs 21 and several other 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 available, 2+1 round tubular magazine (Remington Model 11 "Sportsman")
  • 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:


Title Actor Character Note Date
Outpost in the Mountains (Zastava v gorakh) Seen in office 1953
Thunder Road Robert Mitchum Luke Doolin 1958
The Hunting Rifle Seen in the weapon rack 1961
The Strangler of Blackmoor Castle In the gun cabinet 1963
The Yellow One Lex Barker Kara Ben Nemsi 1964
The Yellow One Ralf Wolter Hadschi Halef Omar 1964
The Yellow One Friedrich von Ledebur Mübarek 1964
Thunderball Sean Connery James Bond 1967
Black Sun (Chyornoye solntse) Hunters 1970
The Mechanic Jan-Michael Vincent Steve 1972
Magnum Force A thug 1973
Friday Foster Paul Benjamin Senator Hart 1975
Capone Carmen Argenziano Jack "Machine Gun" McGurn 1975
Judge Fayard Called the Sheriff Prison guard 1977
Lone Wolf McQuade Chuck Norris J.J. McQuade "Whippit" model 1983
The Cotton Club A thug 1984
Silver Bullet gun shop display 1985
Killer Crocodile Ennio Girolami Joe 1989
Hard to Kill Charles Boswell Jack Axel 1990
Killer Crocodile 2 Ennio Girolami Joe 1990
Killer Crocodile 2 Richard Anthony Crenna Kevin Jones 1990
Killer Crocodile 2 Debra Karr Liza 1990
Killer Crocodile 2 A thug 1990
The Newton Boys Matthew McConaughey Willis Newton 1997
The Newton Boys Vincent D'Onofrio Dock Newton 1997
O Brother, Where Art Thou? deputies & prison guards riot-gun configuration 2000
Public Enemies Jason Clarke John "Red" Hamilton; Tuscon policeman Cut down stock and barrel, "whippit"-gun configuration 2009
The Highwaymen Kevin Costner Frank Hamer riot-gun pattern 2019


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
The Walking Dead: Red Machete Uncredited Claimer Short barrel; "What We Become" (S1E04) 2018
Fallout - Season 1 Filly's Resident Sawed-off; "The Target" (S1E02) 2024
Christopher Parker Sheriff Rex Sawed-off; "The Trap" (S1E06)

Video Game

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-Automatic Shotgun" 2010
Deadfall Adventures "FN Auto 5" short barreled military version 2013
World of Guns: Gun Disassembly "Browning Auto-5" 2014
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-Automatic Shotgun" 2018
Battlefield V "12g Automatic" Straight stock 2018
Hunt: Showdown "Crown & King Auto-5" Markings give an anachronistic manufacture date of 1891 2018
Enlisted "Browning auto 5" 2021
Call of Duty: Vanguard "Gracey Auto" w/ various attachments 2021
Battlefield 2042 "12g Automatic" Added in Update 3.1.2. 2021

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