Browning Reintroduces the A-5 Humpback

Browning A-5 Humpback in black
Browning A-5 Humpback in black


Every hundred years or so, Browning does something so outrageous even their competitors can’t believe it. For 2012, the A-5 recoil-operated shotgun will surely win the hearts of die-hard hunters as well as those who love and appreciate the traditional Browning lines.

The hump is back! In fact, the iconic humpback-shaped receiver is the only thing this new Browning autoloader shares with its legendary namesake. Built to be the most reliable, fastest cycling, best performing and softest shooting recoil-operated (yes, recoil operated) autoloader on the planet.

Features include:
Ultra-reliable, honed to perfection Kinematic Drive System
Vector Pro lengthened forcing cones
The new Invector-DS choke tube system
3″ chambers
26″, 28″ and 30″ barrels
Inflex II recoil pad

Available in wood (Hunter), synthetic (Stalker) and Mossy Oak Duck Blind and Infinity with Dura-Touch Armor Coating.

Suggested retail prices start at $1399.99

You may notice a family resemblance. . . but let’s get one thing straight, this ain’t your Grandpa’s Auto-5!

Winchester SX3 Sporting

Winchester Repeating Arms Adds a Sporting Model to the SX3 Line

Winchester Repeating Arms Adds a Sporting Model to the SX3 Line
Winchester SX3 Sporting

The new Super X®3 Sporting shotgun from Winchester® Repeating Arms is designed with the serious clay target shooter in mind. The gun is lightweight with an aluminum alloy receiver and a lightweight profile ventilated rib barrel which is ported to reduce muzzle jump.

The proven Active Valve gas system of the SX3® includes a new, unique sporting gas piston in the sporting model which reliably cycles all 2 ¾ inch shotshells from light to heavy. Each gun comes with five Signature choke tubes for a variety of clay target shooting needs. The gun is Back-Bored to help produce consistent even patterns.

The walnut stock and forearm have an oil-like satin finish and includes an adjustable comb on the stock. A Pachmayr® Decelerator recoil pad helps absorb felt recoil. Each gun comes with a fitted ABS hard case embossed with the Winchester logo.

All Super X3 Sporting guns are chambered only for 2 ¾ inch shells and are available in three barrel lengths, 28 inch, 30 inch and 32 inch.

Suggested retail price is $2,629.99

Looks very sharp. Not very cheap. Not even a little cheap.


This system by Roth Concept Innovations adds what are essentially four magazine extension onto your shotgun. Rotate the tube to access the extra extensions:

XRAIL by Roth Concept Innovations
XRAIL by Roth Concept Innovations

Though innovative and more rounds are always better than fewer rounds, I wonder if I’d really care for the extra weight up front. The full version weighs just over 2 pounds empty.

Particularly nice is the fact that as rounds are fired, the XRAIL rotates to keep feeding rounds down the main tube and that no permanent modifications to the gun are required.

More info, including videos, at the RCI site.

Full-Length Tactical Rails for 870s

Another one of the cool things I checked out at the SHOT Show was the new full-length version of Mesa Tactical’s Saddle Rail with SureShell carrier:

Mesa Tactical Full Length Saddle Rail for Remington 870
Mesa Tactical Full Length Saddle Rail for Remington 870

Available with or without 4, 6, or 8-shell carrier. It can clamp on either the barrel or onto a standard factory magazine extension.

Even with the 6 shell carrier, it was surprisingly light.

More info here.