Browning a 5 dating
The barrel returns forward first, ejecting the empty shell.
Then the bolt returns forward, loading another shell into the chamber.
This self-loading system is very reliable and seldom gives problems.
Browning at one time advertised that the long recoil system spread the recoil over a longer period of time, and that the “felt” recoil was less than that of a pump or double gun.
John Browning had previously sold his many gun designs to Winchester for a lump-sum payment.
The Auto-Five was affectionately known as the “hump-back” because of the square shape of the rear of the action.Their version was known as the Model 11 and was in production from 1905 to 1947.