1955 Sweet 16 locks open with round on the rail

Discussion in 'Browning Auto A-5' started by Disbo2112, Jan 7, 2018.

  1. Disbo2112

    Disbo2112 Member

    Hey folks,

    I recently picked up this nice 16.. and about 25% of the time it would lock open with the 2nd round on the rail. I changed ammo and then move the ring down for light loads.

    Worked great for about 200 rounds.. now today happened again?

    Remove the ring?

    Why doesn't the gun realize there is a 2nd round and load it.. Im a bit hesitant to shoot pairs at the clay range without looking to see if the bolt is back...HA

    thanks for any help.

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  2. Rudolph31

    Rudolph31 Well-Known Member

    The rim of the shell hitting the Carrier Latch trips the Carrier up and sends the bolt home. Could be a problem with the latch, but it also could be a weak Magazine Spring. You can take it out and stretch it while you’re waiting for your new one from Midwest Gun Works. While you’re ordering stuff, best get a new Action Spring and possibly a new Recoil Spring.

    Nice gun, by the way .


    I just realized you said that you’re new to shotguns so I thought some links would be helpful. I get most of my parts from MGW, and the mag spring can be found here:


    From there you can navigate the site to get other parts. The Action Spring is the spring in the stock that returns the bolt to battery. It’s probably the most neglected part on the Auto-5 and also one of the easiest to replace. You will need a set of thin screwdrivers to remove the stock screws. MGW has them but I prefer these from Brownell’s:

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  3. Disbo2112

    Disbo2112 Member

    Thanks for the great info. I tried going to brownells to get the screwdrivers.. Not a very easy site to navigate.

    Ill keep digging..

    Im about to order the spring from MGW.. Anything else I should keep on hand and order now?

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  4. Rudolph31

    Rudolph31 Well-Known Member

    Brownell’s is a difficult site to navigate, which is why I provided the link to the item.

    It’s always a good idea to replace the springs, although if you’re only running target loads you may have trouble cycling with a new Recoil Spring. As for other parts, that depends. Did the problem go away when you stretched the Magazine Spring? Or when you load more than two? If not, you may want to replace the Carrier Latch.

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