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harleyrider October 19, 2018 20:58

Sweet Sixteen
 
Thought I’d throw this link to a recent post I made in the FN forum since it’s also appropriate here.

http://www.falfiles.com/forums/showt...=Sweet+sixteen

HR

VALMET October 28, 2018 07:22

That is a fantastic A5- I hadn’t seen that thread. I have a 16 Ga A5 but it is a 1946-47 mfg so not technically a “sweet sixteen,” I don’t believe. It’s a Browning gun but actually mfg’d by Remington (it’s not a Model 11) since the FN factory wasn’t exactly cranking out lots of commercial guns immediately after the war.

My great grandfather bought it for my grandfather when he returned from Europe after the war. I still have the receipt. He bought a 16 Ga for my grandfather and a 20 Ga for his brother (that one is still in the family also). I had it professionally restored and use it occasionally on a dove hunt. Lovely old shotguns those A5s.

imacoonass01 October 28, 2018 07:38

Have you shot it yet?

andresere November 17, 2018 15:26

Not an Auto 5, but I've got a 16 gauge Ithaca Model 37 Featherlight. I buy ammo whenever I find it. Very nice shooter.

grumpy1 November 19, 2018 21:52

I love carrying my JC Higgins/ High Standrd 16 gauge out in the field, makes me feeling like dads with me as it was his when he was a teenager.

There’s a couple places close by that carry 16 gauge most all the time at a decent price. The local Walmart has it and usually in January they put it on sale, that’s when I try to pick up some.

wasillashack November 23, 2018 20:42

Sweet Sixteen
 
My dad bought me a new Browning Sweet 16 for my 18th birthday, 54 years ago, still in about the same condition as the OP's A5, my favorite quail, dove and squirrel gun. It also made me a 16 gauge lover, I have a Winchester Model 12 in 16 gauge also.

harleyrider December 14, 2018 22:13

Quote:

Originally Posted by imacoonass01 (Post 4650843)
Have you shot it yet?

Yessir! It shoots, ejects, & chambers the next round just as Mr. Browning intended. And it looks good doing it! 😍

HR

Eyeguy December 14, 2018 22:22

What make an A5 Auto a "sweet 16" technically? I have one that my Dad bought for me on my sixteenth in 1973. She was used when I got her and has a nice patina. Haven't looked recently but 16 was hard to find ammo for when I last looked.

harleyrider December 14, 2018 23:51

Quote:

Originally Posted by Eyeguy (Post 4670762)
What make an A5 Auto a "sweet 16" technically? I have one that my Dad bought for me on my sixteenth in 1973. She was used when I got her and has a nice patina. Haven't looked recently but 16 was hard to find ammo for when I last looked.

I think it was probably a marketing tool. But they are pretty sweet!

I never understood the prejudice against the 16 gauge (so called “in-between gauge”). Seems like the perfect universal gauge for a wide variety of game species, especially if you have only one shotgun.

HR

wasillashack December 15, 2018 20:32

I believe the Sweet 16's had gold plated triggers, a little engraving on the receiver and a vented rib(at last mine does). You are probably correct about the marketing tool aspect.
I haven't bought any 16 gauge ammunition for a while, but I am pretty sure it is still available,Google "16 gauge ammunition for sale" for sources. Good luck!!

grumpy1 December 16, 2018 04:16

16 gauge shells is available from several makers, most of it is geared towards upland game hunting as most of the shotguns that are chambered in 16 gauge were made before steel shot was mandatory and therefore aren’t meant to have steel shot used in them.

It seems like the “Sweet 16” was first available post WWII up until about 1980 or so. The only way I’ve been able to tell if one was a “Sweet 16” was t was marked so on the receiver.


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