Operation of the Safety

The cross bolt safety prevents the trigger from being pulled when in the on safe position. The safety is located conveniently at the rear of the trigger guard (See Figure 2). In the off safe or fire position a conspicuous red warning band is visible on the safety button on the left side of the trigger guard. To place the gun ON SAFE. press the safety button to the right. To move the safety to the FIRE position, press the safety to the left. An optional left-handed safety can be installed by a...

IADmG The Magazine

Fully Automatic Shotgun

DMake sure the muzzle is pointed in a safe direction and the safety is in the on safe position. Close the breechblock by pressing the breechblock release button (as explained above). Make sure your fingers are clear of the ejection port. Insert a shell, of the proper gauge, through the loading port at the bottom of the receiver, up into the magazine, using your thumb to position it fully forward in the magazine tube (See Figure 7). Repeat this procedure until the magazine is fully loaded....

Sight Adjustment for Buck Special Barrels

Buck Special barrels are equipped with a precision rear sight which is screw adjustable for both horizontal and vertical correction. WINDAGE ADJUSTMENT - To move point of impact to the RIGHT, loosen the small screw on the right side of the sight. Then tighten the small screw on the left side of the sight. To move point of impact to the LEFT loosen the small screw on the left side of the sight and tighten the screw on the right side. This is a process of trial and error. Make small adjustments...

Reassembly With The Threeshot Magazine Adapter Installed

Browning 500 Shotgun

Three-shot adapter installed, first, position the gun vertically, butt down. Then reinstall the magazine follower in the magazine tube, closed end first. Place the three-shot adapter inside one end of the magazine spring, small end first. Place the magazine spring retainer over the top of the adapter. Insert the other end of the magazine spring into the magazine tube and compress it into the magazine tube See Figure 19 . With hand pressure, seat the magazine spring retainer fully into the...

Loading Procedures

There are two basic methods for initially getting a loaded shell into the chamber of your A-500. First, the shell can be directly loaded through the ejection port. Second, a shell can be loaded manually from the magazine. In both cases, the magazine must be loaded to automatically chamber a subsequent shell. Loading the magazine and magazine capacity is also detailed below. CAUTION AT ALL TIMES DURING THE LOADING PROCEDURE, BE SURE YOUR MUZZLE IS POINTING IN A SAFE DIRECTION AND THE SAFETY IS...

Reinstalling The Trigger Group

Semi Auto Shotgun

N Reinsert the trigger group into the bottom of the receiver, moving it rearward to assure correct location of the rear pins into the holes in the receiver. Then start at the back and hinge the trigger guard forward See Figure 14 . Line up the hole in the trigger guard with the holes on each side of the receiver. Insert the trigger guard retaining nut completely through the receiver. Start the retaining screw with your fingers and tighten using two screwdrivers, one for each slotted head on...

Operation of the Magazine cutoff

The magazine cut-off lever is located at the front end of the left side of the receiver. This cut-off has the purpose of locking the shells in the magazine so that they will not feed into the chamber. This permits you to quickly change the load in the chamber of the gun without going to the trouble of unloading the whole magazine. For instance, in this way a duck load can quickly be taken out and a goose load inserted, if the need arises. To operate the magazine cutoff, merely manipulate the...

Cleaning and Maintenance Suggestions

Shotgun Chamber Correct Definition

You should clean your A-500 whenever it becomes excessively dirty - and perform a thorough cleaning at least once a year. The barrel should be cleaned, and the action wiped clean and oiled after every day of shooting. If a malfunction occurs, perform a thorough cleaning, to see if it solves the problem, before seeking the services of a Browning Recommended Service Center, the Browning Service Facility in Arnold, Missouri, or a competent gunsmith. Normal maintenance can be accomplished with the...

Initial Cleaning

Various exposed metal parts of your new A-500 have been coated at the factory with a rust preventative compound. Before assembling your A-500, clean the anti-rust compound from the inside of the barrel, receiver and the action chamber areas. Browning Oil is ideal for removing this compound and for giving your new gun its first lubrication. However, any quality gun oil may be used. Use a cleaning rod and patch as explained under Cleaning and Maintenance Suggestions on page 54.

Unloading your A

CAUTION WHENEVER UNLOADING, ALWAYS BE CERTAIN THAT THE MUZZLE IS POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION AND THAT THE SAFETY IS IN THE ON SAFE POSITION. The recommended way to unload the A-500 is simply to grasp the operating handle and cycle the action until all rounds are ejected. The magazine can be unloaded manually by reaching inside the loading port with your index finger, and simultaneously pressing in on the bottom of the carrier and pressing the carrier latch See Figure 17 on page 46 . Release and...

Removing Barrelforearm Assembly Part By Part

Draw the breechblock rearward and lock it open. With your gun held vertically, unscrew and remove the magazine cap. Remove the forearm by pulling it forward and off of the magazine tube. Slide the barrel off of the magazine tube, - disengaging the barrel extension from the receiver. At this point the forearm buffer and barrel spring are free to come off the end of the magazine tube. For convenience in casing and transporting the dismantled gun, return the recoil spring, forearm buffer and...

Three Shot Magazine Adapter

The following instructions are for disassembly of the magazine, and the removal or installation of the three-shot magazine adapter. Steps 1-8 detail magazine disassembly, and are the same for both removal and installation of the three-shot adapter. Steps 9-A and 9-B explain reassembly of the magazine with or without the three shot adapter. The A-500 shotgun is delivered with the three-shot magazine adapter installed in the magazine, limiting magazine capacity to two shells -allowing three shots...

Invector Interchangeable Choke System

All A-500 shotgun barrels have been threaded to accept the Browning Invectorlnterchangeable Choke System. You may confirm this by looking on the right side of your barrel where the specifications are inscribed, and where the choke markings are normally located. The word INVECTOR denotes that the barrels are threaded. The degree of choke tube is indicated twice on each choke tube Inscribed on the side of the tube, and indicated with a notch' code on the top rim of the tube. Invector Choke Tubes...

Service or Repair

Semi Automatic Shotguns With Magazines

If your A-500 should require service or repairs, we suggest you first contact a local recommended Browning Firearms Service Center. Your Browning Sporting Goods dealer can tell you the address of the Service Center nearest you, or you may call or write our Consumer Information Department in Morgan, Utah 801 543-3200. Otherwise you may return your shotgun to our own repair facility for servicing. The address is Browning Service Department 3005 Arnold Tenbrook Road Arnold, Missouri 63010 9406...

Assembly Procedures Barrel to Receiver

Mossberg 500 Slide Tube Assembly

The A-500 is delivered, in the box, with the barrel removed and the forearm with recoil spring and forearm buffer inside attached to the magazine tube. There are two ways to install the barrel on the receiver As a barrel forearm assembly, and part by part. ASSEMBLY AS A BARREL ASSEMBLY This is the easiest way to install your barrel on the receiver. If your A-500's forearm assembly is already removed go to step 2. Take the receiver in hand and first, lock the breechblock rearward by pulling the...

General Operating Procedures

The Browning A-500 shotgun is a shortrecoil-operated, semi-automatic shotgun. It is capable of shooting five shots with the magazine plug removed in rapid succession, with each pull of the trigger. The rotary bolt locks into the barrel with four lugs. Upon firing, recoil causes the barrel to travel rearward. Energy differences between loads are absorbed by an internal breechblock spring. A special buffer surrounding the magazine tube stops the rearward motion of the barrel after about 1 2....

Nomenclature

Shotgun Nomenclature

In conventional gun terminology, the position and movement of gun parts are described as they occur with the gun horizontal and in normal firing position i.e., the muzzle is forward or front butt stock is rearward or rear trigger is downward or underneath the rib is upward or on top. For general parts nomenclature refer to Figure l-A. See Figure l-B for names of all parts and assemblies covered in disassembly and cleaning procedures. D. Bolt Release Button Carrier Latch Button I. Magazine Tube...

Full Disassembly Trigger Group and Breech Bolt

Trigger Group Shotgun

NOTE All current production A-500 shotguns have an improved trigger group assembly. You can confirm this by the letter H' stamped on the trigger guard See Figure 10 . If your trigger guard does not have the letter H stamped on it then please contact our Browning Service Department toll tree at 1-800-322-4626 for information on how to get the improved trigger assembly installed on your A-500. If a malfunction occurs, or if the action becomes excessively dirty, it is advisable to disassemble the...

Reassembly Trigger Group and Breechblock

REINSTALLING THE BREECHBLOCK ASSEMBLY Insert the breechblock into the receiver opening, action springs first. The guides on the breechblock must fit in the receiver tracks. Make sure the front action springs fit over the ends of the action spring guides See Figure 13 . Push the breechblock in far enough that the breechblock lever engages, holding the breechblock in the receiver. Simultaneously push back on the breechblock while depressing the breechblock release button until the notch in the...

Performed by a competent gunsmith Always Wear Eye Protection When Performing Any Maintenance Or Disassembly

500 Automatic Browning

REMOVING THE TRIGGER GROUP - You will need two medium blade screwdrivers to remove the trigger guard retaining screws the trigger guard retaining nut and the trigger guard retaining screw . Make sure the screwdrivers are of appropriate size to prevent damage to the slotted heads. No other tools are necessary. Remove the barrel as explained under Disassembly on page 21. Set the forearm, as well as the forearm buffer and spring, aside. Release the breechblock to its forward position as follows...