Of all the Browning “humpback” shotguns, none has a more loyal following than the 16-ga. “Sweet Sixteen” and Browning brought it back for 2016. Like its most revered predecessor, the new A5 Sweet Sixteen is built on a receiver that is lighter and smaller than the 12-gauge A5 for reduced weight and a sleeker feel.
While the original A5 used a series of friction rings you had to have in the right order for different loads, the A5 uses kinetic energy to power the recoil-operated Kinematic Drive System for reliable function with any load and under the full extremes of weather, temperature, moisture or grime. The 2 ¾” chambered, 16 gauge receiver is constructed of strong, lightweight aluminum alloy with a black anodized bi-tone finish.
The stock and forearm are gloss finish walnut with a close radius pistol grip and sharp 18 lines-per-inch checkering. The stock is also shim adjustable for length of pull, cast and drop, and includes ¼” and ½” stock spacers for length of pull adjustments.
My original Sweet Sixteen has an adjustable Cutts Compensator, but the new gun includes three Invector-DS chokes. Barrels come in 26” or 28” lengths and weight is only
5 lbs. 12 oz. to 5 lbs. 13 oz. The suggested retail price is a not-so-sweet $1,700, but you have to pay for nostalgia combined with modern systems.
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