Browning FN Auto MAG-5 20GA “Magnum Twenty” Shotgun, 1980

SOLD FOR: $1,775

WOA# WY240210TM014

Make: Fabrique Nationale for Browning Arms

Model: Auto MAG-20ga

Serial Number: 01526PM161

Year of Manufacture: 1980

Gauge: 20 Gauge 3”

Action Type: Long Recoil Semi Automatic Shotgun fed by Tubular Magazine

Markings: The entire receiver has beautiful floral engravings with “Magnum Twenty” followed by “Browning” on the left side. The serial number is on the underside of the receiver. The barrel is marked with “Browning Auto-5 Special Steel 20GA. Shells-3”-28” Browning Patents” and “Browning Arms Company Morgan U.T. & Montreal P.Q. Made In Japan.

Barrel Length: 28”

Choke:  None

Sights / Optics:  This shotgun is mounted with a silver-colored bead on a dual sided ramp.  The top of the barrel and receiver are wavy serrated/checkered for glare reduction.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are a two-piece checkered walnut set with a flat-bottom semi-pistol grip, straight comb, black polymer FN Browning Automatic buttplate, and finger grooves running the length of the forend. The stocks have scratches, scuffs, and compression marks throughout.  There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is attractive with only fairly worn peaks on the pressure points. The LOP measures 14″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate.  Overall, the stocks are in Fine condition.

Type of Finish: Blue

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is mirror bright.  There are some minor scratches from the midlength to the chamber.  There is no erosion.  In this writer’s opinion the bore rates 9/10 and is exceptional given its age.

Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 99% of its metal finish. There is thinning and finish loss on the leading edges.  There are no scratches and scuffs on the receiver and barrel exterior. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in very Good condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.

Our Assessment: The Browning Auto-5 “Magnum Twenty” is chambered for the 20-gauge shotgun shell. The 20-gauge is popular among hunters and shooters for its versatility, offering a balance between manageable recoil and effective shot patterns. The Magnum Twenty designation indicates that this version of the Auto-5 is capable of handling magnum loads, providing additional power for hunting larger game or longer range shooting.

Like its larger-gauge counterparts, the Magnum Twenty offers versatility in its applications. It is suitable for a wide range of hunting and shooting activities, including bird hunting, clay target shooting, and even home defense. The semi-automatic action of the Auto-5 allows for quick follow-up shots, making it an effective choice for fast-paced shooting situations.

Overall, this stylish and well-kept 20GA Auto-5 would be a great addition to anyone’s collection. – R.E.

Browning FN Auto MAG-5 20GA “Magnum Twenty” Shotgun, 1980
Browning FN Auto MAG-5 20GA “Magnum Twenty” Shotgun, 1980