Browning A-5 Shotgun or Browning Sweet Sixteen?

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Browning Sweet Sixteen Shotgun

Browning Sweet Sixteen Shotgun

The Browning A-5 shotgun was the world’s first mass produced semi-automatic shotgun. Designed by John Browning in 1898 and manufactured until 1998, the Browning Automatic 5 (A-5) is an autoloader that holds one round in the chamber and four rounds in the magazine.

So what was the Browning Sweet Sixteen? Simply put, it was a lightweight version of the Browning Auto-5 shotgun. First introduced in 1937, the Browning Sweet Sixteen is labeled as such on the left side of the receiver – but only if your gun was made after 1949.

Is there an easier way to tell these two Browning shotguns apart?  Look for a gold trigger and three holes drilled in the barrel. If your firearm has these features, you’re lucky enough to own a Browning Sweet Sixteen.

So how can you tell if you have a standard Browning A-5 or a new A5? Now that’s a separate subject altogether.

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