38F7931B-9D22-4424-8031-AA6E536F542EI found this 1930 at a LGS (known in the valley as the most expensive shop) as a ”parts project”. ( I should have taken a “before” picture.) Since I will never sell it, I can safely say I paid a whopping $60 for it!!!  After a couple of months of chasing down a correct barrel (a 1930 with the right proof marks, but sadly not the same serial number) and finding period proper internal parts-it lives!!!!

I learned/taught myself how to replicate the old rust bluing and the old nitrocellulose wood finish using modern day stuff. (Restoring a gun to look like “new” can be really tough, but restoring a gun to look like it how it would have looked new-way back in 1930-takes a whole different level of effort!!!!) 

The neat thing about this is it was literally a bunch of various A5 parts thrown together. The receiver needed some welding before I could reblue it, and as I was trying to fit a stock to it, the oddball early A5 stocks I had wouldn’t fit. After a bunch of measuring and studying-it turns out the reason the wood was “wrong “was it is what’s known (as the picture shows) as an uber (with a capitol F) rare “straight-stock” or sometimes called a European stock.(!!!!) 

Shoots smooth as a Swiss. (technically a Belgian) watch!!!!!

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Oh yeah, that butt stock was a chunk of walnut when I got it. Finding an original straight stock is like UFOs and an honest politician ----everybody claims they exist, but nobody has really ever seen one.  I started from a blank on that. 

Excellent!!!

From the looks of things, that gun is thinking the next 90 years are going to be the best yet.

The thing about an A5 is that if you're in a quiet place you can hear them whisper to you.  

(I am sure glad no one noticed the wrong forearm on it.  That one was on it when I got it.  Wrong style, and has since been corrected.)

Mojo, since you asked politely, sure.  I'll drop it off at 2:15 PM, in a few months.

 

(I am going to take it back to where I got it, and see what they will give me for it. I've got a gaggle of time into it, but very little money.  Maybe $275 total.) 

 

 

 

 

Damn, MOJO beat me too the "Can I have It."  

But, I'll  top that, Bill, I'll give you $120.00, twice what you paid for it .

Great looking shot gun, wish I had one! 

I have a Remington Autoloading Gun, which was the model designation from 1906-1911.  Mine was made in 1907, so before it was renamed the Model 11 in 1911.  It looks very similar to yours except for the fact that it has a pistol grip, not the straight stock.  Mine hasn't been refinished, so it still has the old patina on the metal and wood.

Taught a low-light shotgun class last weekend. Fwiw, had a student rolling with an A5. It had a vent rib barrel. Whoever shortened it wasn't going for aesthetics.

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My latest acquisition.  12 inch barrel (we don't have silly SBR  laws etc).  $250    as a woman would say about shoe sales, "they're practically giving them away".

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