The 6 types of Armes de luxe

Discussion in 'Browning Auto A-5' started by Biz, Oct 30, 2017.

  1. Rudolph31

    Rudolph31 20g

    I don’t know what to tell you, Biz. Nick is a hell of a gunsmith, but I don’t know how good a historian he is. Also, I might have gotten the details wrong. It’s a busy shop, and conversations get interrupted. You might call down there and ask, if they’re not too busy I’m sure they’ll be happy to help.
  2. Biz

    Biz .22LR

    Rudolph I know what to tell to you and Nick, it is thank you. For 5 years now, I have been collecting Auto-5 and Remington Autoloading Shotgun and always I am confronted with the same problem. Which is, there is a lot unknowns and conflicting information concerning those Shotgun. Fortunately I have this forum, the SGW and the french forum TCAR where I can exchange views with others with similar interests.
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  3. Rudolph31

    Rudolph31 20g

    Biz, it’s the unknowns that make this hobby interesting. I’d never have started collecting if my first Browning didn’t seem to be covered with hieroglyphics, or if explanations had been easy to find. So keep pushing, I’d like to know the answers.

    It occurs to me that the answer to your specific question isn’t to be found in North America. The restorers here may know how to duplicate the look, but original methods aren’t necessarily in their toolbox. You have the great advantage of being a native French speaker, maybe there is someone left at FN who knows how it was done “back then”.
  4. Rudolph31

    Rudolph31 20g

    I’m going to admit that this gun doesn’t belong in this thread. But I’m posting anyway in he hope of getting the conversation started. Where are you, Biz?

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    This is the Browning Classic, made in Japan but engraved in Belgium.

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  5. Biz

    Biz .22LR

    Good evening,

    I am very "Bizzy" these days with my business, but I am visiting periodically and discreetly Browning owners. Here is what I am looking for in Europe. This one will be a long shot but it is worth a try. It is the Auto-5 Special for Pigeon which I believe is rare.


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  6. Rudolph31

    Rudolph31 20g

    That’s great, Biz. Where is this treasure?
  7. Biz

    Biz .22LR

    Where you find the best wine and cheese
  8. Rudolph31

    Rudolph31 20g

    Trader Joe’s?
  9. Biz

    Biz .22LR

    Rudolph, who is Trader Joe's?
  10. Rudolph31

    Rudolph31 20g

    They don’t have them in Canada? That’s too bad. Gourmet food, low prices.

    https://www.traderjoes.com/our-story

    So, is the pictured Auto-5 the one you’re after? And did you go to Europe just to get it? Very impressive; you’re one serious collector, Biz.

    If I ever get to Quebec, I want to see your collection!
  11. Biz

    Biz .22LR

    Yes that "spécial pour tir aux pigeons" is what I am after. Regarding my collection, it rather modest mainly pre WWI. I received recently from France the type 1 shown at the beginning of this thread. It has an interesting story that I am going to write about in the future. I am still gathering information. Here is a hint, on the barrel of that Auto-5 appears an interesting marking

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  12. Rudolph31

    Rudolph31 20g

    Saint Etienne? The French government arsenal? Maybe we’ll find military Auto-5’s after all.

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