Receiver change question

Discussion in 'Browning Auto A-5' started by Bill Idaho, Nov 6, 2019.

  1. Bill Idaho

    Bill Idaho .410

    Can someone advise of the exact date/serial number when the receiver was changed from the squared rear corners of the ejection port to the rounded corners? I looked through the A5 bible, and didn't see it mentioned (that's not to imply that bit of information isn't in there, I just didn't see it.)
    I am pretty well bed-ridden with a flu for a few days, and can't hardly bring myself to open up the safes to compare the ones I have to narrow down the years they would have changed. I have a couple from the 20s, a few from the 30s, two from the late 40s, a handful-each from the 50s, 60, and 70's.
    It's just one of those things a guy wonders when he is bored, laying here feeling like crap.
  2. Rudolph31

    Rudolph31 .30-06

  3. Bill Idaho

    Bill Idaho .410

    Wow, that was fast!!! Thanks. Not that I doubt you in the very least, but is that information in the A5 bible?
  4. Rudolph31

    Rudolph31 .30-06

    No, someone posted it on Shotgunworld, but it’s easily verifiable.

    A lot of changes to the Auto-5 occurred that year. The most important was the change to a thicker rail on the Locking Block. The old, narrow rails tended to break so FN beefed them up. Because of that, if your pre-58 Locking Block fails, you’ll have to scour eBay for one or replace both the Locking Block and the Bolt with the newer parts. Here’s a look at what a broken one looks like:
    [​IMG]

    Another change was the silver soldered Action Spring Tube replacing the threaded variety.
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2019
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  5. Bill Idaho

    Bill Idaho .410

    Yeah, I am well aware of those issues and I've seen both of those movies. (I didn't like the endings!).

    Thanks!!!!!
  6. Rudolph31

    Rudolph31 .30-06

    Another major change in 1958 was the relocation of the Carrier Spring to the Trigger Plate. I spent hours fitting a Model 11 spring to a ‘57 Sweet Sixteen before learning that it's possible to use the new spring on the old gun.
  7. Ranger6

    Ranger6 .270 WIN

    Not totally true my friend. I have my 36 with the new spring in the trigger. Just takes more money and more modifications.
  8. Rudolph31

    Rudolph31 .30-06

    I’m not sure what’s not true. The Service Manual shows how to use the new spring without modifications. It also shows how to use the new Trigger Spring, another mod that I think occurred in 1958.

    [​IMG]
  9. Ranger6

    Ranger6 .270 WIN

    Sorry about that. I read your post wrong, I thought I understood as the new spring wouldn’t work, I see now that you said it would work. Anyway hope all is well. And thanks for the picture, will come in useful for someone looking for info.
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  10. Rudolph31

    Rudolph31 .30-06

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