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Their version was known as the Model 11 and was in production from 1905 to 1947.
This made the Remington the first semiauto shotgun to be made in the United States.
The barrel returns forward first, ejecting the empty shell.
Then the bolt returns forward, loading another shell into the chamber.
It’s interesting to note that from 1940 to 1947, Remington Model 1911s and Browning Model Auto-Fives were made side by side in the Remington factory in Ilion, New York.
These models are often referred to as “American Brownings.” The Light 20 and Light 12 came along after WWII, as did the Magnum 12 and Magnum 20 — and one that has almost a cult following, the Sweet 16.
Browning also licensed the design to Savage for its Model 720.
The FN-made Auto-Five (also known as the A-Five) was imported into the United States from 1903 until the start of WWII, and after the war from 1947 to 1975, when production moved to Miroku in Japan.
Browning later licensed Remington the right to use the basic design.The importer has always been Browning Arms Co., which had been established in Morgan, Utah, by Browning and his brothers in 1878.(It should be noted that none of the FN Auto-Fives should be used with steel shot, only the Japanese models.)The Auto-Five finally left the shotgun scene in 1998.Let's face it, we all love a good semi-auto shotgun.Shots cracking off as fast as you can pull trigger.