WARNING: WHENEVER LOADING, ALWAYS BE CERTAIN THAT THE MUZZLE IS POINTED IN A
If you are firing a light load and the gun fails to eject, the addition of oil to the magazine tube in the region of the bronze friction piece will sufficiently increase recoil to a point satisfactory for good ejection.
Oil which congeals in cold weather or deposits gummy residue may reduce recoil to the point where the gun will fail to eject. Use a high quality lubricant. Occasionally clean the magazine tube and relubricate. If temperatures of ten to thirty degrees below freezing are likely to be encountered, it is best to utilize an oil which maintains its fluidity in such temperatures. Browning Gun Oil is particularly well suited for this purpose.
At all times there should be a film of oil on the magazine tube except when 12 gauge, 2 3/4" magnum loads are being used. With this load it is desirable to wipe the magazine tube practically dry. Function will not be affected and you will find these heavy loads much more comfortable to shoot.
SAFE DIRECTION AND THAT THE SAFETY IS "ON SAFE". KEEP YOUR HAND AWAY FROM THE EJECTION PORT TO A VOID BEING STRUCK BY THE BREECH BOLT, WHEN THE ACTION CLOSES.
The Browning Auto-5 shotgun is equipped with the speed loading system. Its design will enable you to load faster and easier. It is not necessary to press the bolt release button on the right side of the receiver during the loading process, and the same procedure is used in loading the first shell into the chamber as in loading the remaining shells into the magazine.
CAUTION: WHENEVER A SHELL HAS BEEN CYCLED INTO THE CHAMBER—DURING LOADING OR ANY OTHER TIME, AUTOMATICALLY OR MANUALLY—THE SHOTGUN IS READY TO FIRE BY SIMPLY MOVING THE "SAFETY" TO THE OFF SAFE POSITION.
1 BE SURE THE MUZZLE IS POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION AND THE "SAFETY" IS "ON SAFE". If the breech bolt is not already
open, pull rearward on the operating handle until the breech bolt locks back. The gun is now ready to load.
2 Hold the gun with either right or left hand at the grip or forearm as you prefer or are accustomed. With the opposite hand, merely introduce the front end of the shell into the under side of the receiver and thrust completely forward as if loading the magazine — then release the pressure of your thumb.
side of the receiver to close the action. The bolt release button is still provided to close the action on an empty chamber, if desired.
CAUTION: DO NOT PRESS THE BOLT RELEASE BUTTON AND LET THE BOLT SLAM HOME WITH THE BARREL REMOVED FROM THE ACTION.
When the barrel is installed, the breech bolt stops against the barrel extension, preventing any damage. With the barrel removed, however, the operating handle will forcefully strike the front edge of the ejection port causing damage to the receiver. If you wish to close the bolt with the barrel removed, be sure to hold the operating handle as you depress the bolt release button. Let the bolt ride home slowly.
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