Greetings, I've recently acquired a circa 1977 12-Gauge Magnum A5 (chambered 2.75-3.00"), and to be clear, I've yet to test the gun's ability to properly cycle various shell sizes and loads, but before I get started with it, there seems to be rather mixed views on the recommended friction ring/friction brake configuration to be used with this 3" Magnum model. And so, I'm curious to see what specific configuration other 12-Gauge Mag owners may have found to perform best for them. First, some essential background: I expect to use this particular shotgun almost exclusively on geese (not ducks), using primarily 3.0" (1-1/8 to 1-1/4 ounce) steel loads, and for such 3" shells, the Browning literature clearly recommends using the 5-piece (3") friction ring/friction brake configuration shown in the first diagram below. However, a number of professional gunsmiths who are considered experts on the A5 (including the folks at Art's Gun Shop in Missouri), discourage the use of this 5-piece (3") arrangement in favor of the alternate 2-piece (2-3/4") arrangement shown in the second diagram below. Basically, the consensus seems to be as follows: "Use the LEAST number of friction ring/friction brake components possible", that still allow the gun to cycle properly, and of course, with a heavy 3" load, that would almost always prove to be the 2-piece (2-3/4" arrangement), which is in stark contrast to the official Browning literature, including the Owners Manual and the Field Service Manual. Can anyone shed further light on the subject for me? I'd sure appreciate it! Thank you!