It is certainly a gun you can be proud to own. It represents the state-of-the-art in modern gun design and manufacturing. The processes of design, testing and manufacturing were all assisted by advanced computer systems. The result is superior dependability, greater ease-of-operation. smoother handling and more reliable overall function. With a reasonable amount of care, your A-500G shotgun should give you many years of dependable, enjoyable service. Please feel free to write us immediately if you have any observations regarding its performance and operation.
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Browning A-500G Gas Operated Semi-Automatic Shotgun
As a gun owner, you accept a set of demanding responsibilities. I low seriously you lake these responsibilities can be the difference between life and death.
There is no excuse for careless or abusive handling of any firearm. At all times handle your shotgun and any other firearm with intense respect for its power and potential danger.
PLEASE READ AND UNDERSTAND ALL 0FTHECAUTIONS, PROPER HANDLING PROCEDURES AND INSTRUCTIONS OUTLINED IN THIS BOOKLET BEFORE USING YOUR NEW FIREARM.
1. ALWAYS KEEPTHE MUZZLE OF YOUR SHOTGUN POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION, even though you are certain the shotgun is unloaded. Never point any firearm at anything you do not intend to shoot. Be extremely alert and aware of all persons and property within the range of your ammunition.
2 NEVERRELYTOTALLYON YOUR SHOTGUN'S MECHANICAL "SAFETY" DEVICE.
The word "safely" describes a gun's trigger block mechanism, sear block mechanism, hammer block mechanism or firing pin block mechanism. These mechanical devices are designed to place your gun in a Safer status. No guarantee can be made that the gun will not fire even if the "safely" is in the "on safe" position. The A-500G has a cross bolt
"safelv" which blocks the guns iri«»i»cr.
See "Operation of the Safely" on page 14 for instructions on operation of this gun's safety.
LIKE ANY MECHANICAL DEVICE, A "SAFETY" CAN SOMETIMES FAIL; IT CAN BE JARRED OR INADVERTENTLY MANIPULATED INTO AN UNSAFE CONDITION.
Mechanical "safeties" merelv aid safe gun handling and are no excuse for pointing your shotgun's muzzle in an unsafe direction.
While it is a good idea to "lest" your shotgun's mechanical "safeties" periodically for proper function.
NEVER TESTTHE "SAFETY" WHILE YOUR SHOTGUN IS LOADED OR POINTED IN AN UNSAFE DIRECTION.
Safe gun handling does not slop with your gun's mechanical "safely" devices — it starts there. Always treat this shotgun with the respect due a loaded, ready-to-firc firearm.
a WHENEVER YOU HANDLE A FIREARM, OR HAND ITTO SOMEONE, ALWA YS OPEN THE ACTION IMMEDIATELY, VISUALLYCHECK YOUR SHOTGUN'S CHAMBER, FEED MECHANISM AND MAGAZINE.
Make cerlain thai they do not inadvertently contain any ammunition. Always keep the chamber empty and the "safely" in the "on safe" position unless shooting is imminent.
4. DO NOTTRANSPORT YOUR SHOTGUN LOADED, WHETHER IN A SCABBARD, GUN CASE, OR OTHER CONTAINER.
5. HUNTING FROM ELEVATED SUR-FACESSUCHAS TREE STANDS IS DANGEROUS, and may increase the risk of handling a firearm. The following rules should always be observed by von and those you hunt with: Always make certain that
the stand being used is safe and stable.
Always make certain that your firearm is unloaded when it is being taken up and down from the stand. Always make
certain that your firearm is not dropped from tlie stand, or dropped while it is being taken up or down from the stand. Remember, a loaded firearm may discharge when dropped, even with th safely in the "on safe" position.
6. BEWARE OF BARREL OBSTRUCTIONS, for the safety of both your gun and yourself. Mud. snow, and an infinite variety of other objects may inadvertently lodge in a barrel bore. It lakes only one small obstruction to cause dangerously increased pressures that can ruin (swell or rupture) the finest shotgun barrels.
BEFORE CHECKING FOR A BARREL OBSTRUCTION, BE CERTAIN NO LIVE ROUND IS IN THE CHAMBER AND THA T THE MA GAZINEAND FEED MECHANISMSARECOMPLETELY EMPTY. PLA CE THE "SAFETY" IN THE "ON SAFE" POSITION See page 23 for instructions on unloading). After assuring yourself that the shotgun is completely empty, again, open the breechblock,locking it to the rear, and look through the barrel to be sure it is clear of any obstruction. If an obstruction is seen, no matter how small it may be, clean the bore with a cleaning
rod and patch as described in "Cleaning and Maintenance Suggestions" on page 44. Before the first firing, clean the bore with a cleaning rod and patch, and wipe-away any anti-rust compounds in the action/ chamber areas.
7. ALWAYS UNLOAD YOUR SHOTGUN WHEN NOT IN USE. REFER TO PAGE 20 OF THIS INSTRUCTION BOOKLET EXPLAINING THE UNLOADING OF YOURSHOTGUN.
As a safely precaution, it is preferable to disassemble your gun for storage. Store your gun and ammunition separately — well beyond the reach of children, l ake all safeguards to ensure your shotgun does not become available lo untrained, inexperienced or unwelcome hands.
a USE THE PROPER AMMUNITION.
The barrel and action of this shotgun have been made with substantial sa Ici v
margins over the pressures developed by established American commercial loads. Nevertheless, Browning assumes no liability for incidents which occur through the use of cartridges of nonstandard dimensions which develop pressures in excess of commercially available ammunition which has been loaded in accordance with standards established by the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers Institute (SAAMI).
BE ALERT TO THE SIGNS OF AMMUNITION MA LFUNCTION.
If you delect an off sound or light recoil when a shell is fired,
Open the action and remove all shells from the magazine, chamber and action areas. With the action open, glance-down the barrel to make sure thai a wad or other obstruction does not remain in (he barrel. Completely clear the barrel before loading and firing again, l ailure to follow these instructions can cause exensive damage to your gun and possible serious injury to yourself and others.
Sioiv all shells of different gauges in completely separate and well-marked containers. Do not store shells of mixed gauges in a common container or in your pockets.
The most certain way to bulge or rupture a barrel is to drop a 20 gauge shell into a 12 gauge chamber. The 20 gauge shell, unfortunately, w ill not fall completely through the barrel: its rim is caught by the front of a 12 gauge chamber. Your gun w ill misfire (with the chamber appearing to be empty). It is then possible to load a 12 gauge shell behind the 20 gauge shell. If the 12 gauge shell is then fired, the result will be a so-called "12-20 burst' which can cause extensive damage to your gun and possible serious injury to you and others.
10. CAUTION: DO NOT USE 31/2" SHOTGUN SHELLS INANYSHOTGUN OR BARREL WITH A 2 3/4" OR 3" CHAMBER. DO NOT USE 3" SHELLS IN SHOTGUN CHAMBERED FOR23/4 " SHELLS. THESIZEOFTHECHAMBER IS INSCRIBED, ALONG WITH GAUGE AND CHOKE DESIGNATIONS, ON THE SIDE OF THE BA RREL.
Your A-500 is chambered for factory 2 3/4" and 3" shells only.
11. D 0 NOT SNA P THE FIRING PIN ON AN EMPTY CHAMBER—THE CHAMBER MAY NOT BE EMPTY!
Treat every gun with the respect due a loaded gun, even though you are certain the gun is unloaded.
12. KEEP YOUR FINGERS AWAY FROM THETRIGGER WHILEUNLOADING, LOADING, UNTILYOUAREREADYTO SHOOT.
13. BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET AND BACKSTOP.
Particularly, be sure during low lii»ht
periods. Know the range of your ammunition. Nev er shoot at water or hard objects.
14. ALWAYS UNLOAD YOUR SHOTGUN'S CHAMBER BEFORE CROSSING A FENCE, CLIMBING A TREE, JUMPING A DITCH OR NEGOTIA TING OTHER OBSTACLES.
Refer to page 23 of this instruction book for instructions on the unloading of your shotgun. Never place your shotgun on or against a fence, tree. car. or other similar object.
Unprotected, repeated exposure to gunfire can cause hearing damage. Wear ear protectors (shooting ear plugs or muffs) to guard against such damage. W ear shooting glasses to protect your eyes from Hying panicles. Also, wear eye protection w hen disassembling and cleaning your shotgun to prevent the possibility of springs, spring-tensioncd parts, solvents or other agents from contacting your eyes.
16. DROPPING A LOADED GUN CAN CAUSE AN ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE
even with the "saletv" in the "on safe" position. Be extremely careful w hile hunting or during any shooting activity, to avoid dropping any firearm.
17. IFYOURSHOTGUNFAILSTOFIRE, KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION.
Hold this position for a minimum of 30 seconds. Carefully open the action and remove the cartridge. If the primer is indented, the cartridge should be disposed of in a way (hat cannot cause harm. If the primer is not indented, your firearm should he examined by a qualified gunsmith and the cause of the malfunction should be corrected before further use.
18. BE DEFENSIVE AND ON GUARD AGAINST UNSAFE GUN HANDLING AROUND YOU AND OTHERS.
Don't be timid when it comes to gun safety. If you observe other shooters violating any of these safety precautions, politely suggest safer handling practices.
19. BE CERTAIN YOUR SHOTGUN IS UNLOADED BEFORE CLEANING.
Because so many gun accidents occur when a firearm is being cleaned, special and extreme care should be taken to be sure your gun is unloaded before disassembly, cleaning and reassembly.
Keep ammunition away from the cleaning location. Never test the mechanical function of anv firearm with
20. EDUCATE AND SUPERVISE FIREARMS SAFETYTOALL MEMBERS OF YOUR FAMILY— ESPECIALLY TO CHILDREN ANDNONSHOOTERS.
Closely supervise newcomers to the shooting sports. Kn courage enrollment in hunting/shooting safety courses.
21. NEVER DRINK ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES OR TAKEANYTYPEOFDRUGS BEFORE OR DURING SHOOTING.
Your vision and judgment could be dangerously impaired, making your gun handling unsafe to you and to others.
22 READ AND HEED ALL WARNINGS IN THIS INSTRUCTION BOOK AND ON AMMUNITION BOXES.
It is your responsibility to secure the most up-to-date information on the safe handling procedures for your Browning gun. Browning cannot assume any responsibility when unsafe or improper arms and ammunition combinations are used.
23. PERIODIC MAINTENANCE—AVOID UNAUTHORIZED SERVICING.
Your shotgun is a mechanical device which will not last forever, and as such, is subject to wear and requires periodic inspection, adjustment, and service. Browning firearms should be serviced by a Browning Recommended Service
Center or by Browning's service facility
in Arnold. Missouri. Browning cannot assume any responsibility for injuries suffered or caused bv unauthorized servicing, alterations or modifications of Browning firearms.
IT CAN BE VERY DANGEROUS TO ALTER THE TRIGGER, SAFETY OR OTHER FIRING MECHANISM PARTS OF THIS OR ANY OTHER FIREARM.
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