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Browning A-5, Remington 11, & Savage 720 Shotguns


Browning A-5, Remington 11 & Savage 720 Shotguns

Everybody's favorite humpback shotgun and all the duplicate models are featured in this two-hour long video course. Using a cutaway action and artists drawings, Master Gunsmith Bob Dunlap explains all the intricate details of this recoiling action. Finally, everyone who has ever owned one of these popular guns can understand the design and function of John Browning's best-selling shotgun. Learn how to completely take the gun apart and put it back together, as well as how to fix and prevent the most common problems. If you've ever owned one of these guns, you need this course.

If you want the quick course on how to get the Browning A-5 Shotgun apart, back together, and operating as intended, then this course is for you (if you want the long course, look into our basic 108 hour Professional Gunsmith Course.)

Among the items covered are:


  • The history of the Browning Auto 5 and its inventor, John Browning, is given
  • The Browning A-5, Remington Model 11, Savage 720 and the Remington Model 1148 are shown
  • Bob compares the similarities and differences of the various models of shotguns
  • The Auto 5 was manufactured from the early 1900s through about 1998
Design & Function
  • Through the use of a cutaway firearms, the design and function of this shotgun is explained in depth
  • The Auto 5 is a long recoil operated shotgun
  • Action operation is sequentially shown and demonstrated
  • Cartridge feeding is shown and explained
  • The first and second primary cartridge stops (locking block latch and cartridge stop respectively) and the secondary cartridge stops (carrier latch) functions are shown and demonstrated in depth
  • Trigger mechanism operation is shown in detail and demonstrated
  • With the trigger assembly outside of the firearm, extreme close-ups enable us to see the primary and secondary sear systems, the link, the safety sear, trigger, hammer and mainspring and how they function
  • Locking block and carrier operation is demonstrated and explained
  • Brake system (bronze friction piece, friction ring, recoil spring and barrel ring) operation is shown, explained, and demonstrated. The correct position of these parts is shown and explained for heavy and light loads
  • Caution is given concerning the Remington Models 11s micarta buffer (which cushions the blow from the bolt in the back of the receiver) because as this part wears out or breaks, damage can occur to the back of the receiver. This wear or breakage can also reveal a rivet that can cause the gun to fire if it is manually cycled or dropped. Bob explains how to alleviate this problem
  • Operation of the Remington 1148 is shown and explained
  • Browning bolt is compared with the Remington 1148 bolt
  • Bob explains a problem that can occur in the 1148 that can be terminal to the gun, although it could be converted to a single shot firearm
  • Brownings firing pin blocking safety operation is shown and explained. Caution is given regarding using a Japanese firing pin in a Belgian A-5
Early Model Belgian A-5
  • Bob shows us an old Belgian A-5 and its unique safety
  • A rare tapered hollow rib on the barrel is shown
  • As various parts come out of the firearm, further explanation of their function is given
  • Barrel, fore end, brake system and recoil spring removal is shown and demonstrated
  • Buttstock removal is demonstrated
  • Trigger plate removal and disassembly is shown and demonstrated
  • Carrier removal is shown
  • Action spring and follower removal is demonstrated
  • Bolt removal and disassembly is shown and demonstrated (the purpose of the small hole on the left side of the receiver is disclosed)
  • Cartridge stop and carrier latch removal is shown
  • Magazine cutoff and spring removal is demonstrated
  • Magazine spring assembly removal from the magazine tube is shown
  • Barrel extension removal is explained
  • Ejector removal is explained
Cleaning & Lubrication
  • AGI cleaning & lubrication methods shown, along with the reasons for their use
  • After cleaning, dry with air gun, or in the oven on Warm ~185-200 degrees (metal parts ONLY)
  • Bob discusses what he uses for lubrication and why it works the best
  • Magazine tube reassembly is demonstrated
  • Magazine cutoff and spring reassembly is shown
  • Cartridge stop reassembly is shown
  • Carrier latch and its button are shown being reassembled
  • Trigger plate reassembly is shown and demonstrated
  • Troubleshooting tip; safety/sear problems are discussed and shown. The fix is demonstrated
  • Bolt reassembly is shown and demonstrated
  • Troubleshooting tip; the two extractors operations are explained in depth
  • Troubleshooting tip; headspace and lock-up is explained. Tests are demonstrated and specs are given
  • Bolt, locking block latch, action spring, follower and plug are shown being reassembled into the receiver
  • Carrier, carrier spring and trigger plate reassembly is demonstrated
  • Buttstock reassembly is shown
  • Braking system, barrel, fore end and magazine cap reassembly is shown and demonstrated
  • Operational checks are explained and demonstrated. Additional Troubleshooting tips are given

If you noticed how often the terms explanation and "demonstration" are used, you may be getting some idea of why this course is necessary for any Browning A-5, Remington Model 11 or Savage 720 Shotgun owner, or someone who intends to be.

How much does your Professional Course cost? The answer can be found in our intro pack. We recommend to anyone considering our Professional Course that they get the Introduction to Gunsmithing Packet as this packet includes a video with a sample gunsmithing lesson. It also includes an Enrollment Form that lists the costs of each Course level available as well as the material covered in each level.

Do I have to pay $7 s/h on each retail video? No, we discount shipping on multiple video orders. The new website calculates shipping based on weight and destination. In most cases, the actual shipping is less than listed in the catalog.

Is there a time limit to complete your course? No, our course is self-paced. As you complete sections of the course and submit your tests, we provide certification of completion for that portion of the course.

Can I become certified by taking your retail courses? Answers vary. If you are intending to purchase all the videos in our Law Enforcement Armorer's Course, for example, as long as you buy the test separately you can obtain a Certification as a Law Enforcement Armorer once you complete the testing successfully. Otherwise you would need to purchase one of our certified professional courses in order to obtain a profession Gunsmithing certificate.

What does your Professional Gunsmithing Course Introductory Lesson cover?The Introductory Lesson is one hour and includes complete information on how to get started Gunsmithing. You will also learn how to insure reliable auto-pistol feeding and how to prevent jams, checking and adjusting "range" on Smith and Wesson revolvers, how a gas system works on a Colt AR-15, AR-7 trigger repairs, timing and understanding cartridge stops of a Remington 870 and much more! 

Are your Courses guaranteed? Yes! The American Gunsmithing Institute is proud to offer a 100%, "Bulletproof Guarantee." We are so sure of the quality of our Courses and products that you may return any item purchased directly from AGI for a full refund (less shipping) for up to 90 days after purchase date. Defective DVDs and videos will be replaced for up to 1 year. The only question we will ask is: "How did we fail you?"

Does AGI offer other Certified Courses aside from the Professional Gunsmithing Course? Yes. We also offer a Certified Machine Shop Course, complete with Lathe, Mill and general Machine Shop instruction. Additionally AGI offers a Certified Welding Course and a Certified Locksmithing Course.

What do the Disassembly/Reassembly Courses cover? AGI offers D/R Courses that clearly demonstrate the complete process of disassembly and reassembly step-by-step. The Courses use close-up views to provide comprehensive instruction. Each DVD Video Manual covers one specific model or family of firearms and is indexed to help the user quickly find the information that they are looking for. At the price of only $19.97 each (plus s/h), these video manuals are must have support information for anyone who owns one of these firearms.  

What do the Armorer's Courses cover?AGI's Armorer's Courses teach you how to disassemble, maintain, repair and reassemble your choice of the 51 guns featured. These videos are packed with exclusive information and are equal to a complete Factory Armorer's Course! While our Disassembly/Reassembly Courses contain invaluable information, our Armorer's Courses contain so much more. Master Gunsmith and AGI Instructor Robert "Bob" Dunlap explains design and function using exclusive factory cutaway firearm models, giving you close-up details of the internal functions you would not otherwise be able to see. All AGI Armorer's Course DVDs include a FREE printable schematic!    

Are your Instructors experienced in their fields? Absolutely. Master Gunsmith and AGI Senior Instructor Robert "Bob" Dunlap is a widely respected authority in the firearm industry and spent over 35 years as the senior instructor at Lassen College's internationally known Gunsmithing School. Master Gunsmith Gene Shuey is a world class custom gun builder, former world class competitive shooter and current trainer specializing in 1911 and Glock pistols, IPSC limited and open class guns, and high-end custom rifles. Darrell Holland is a well known custom rifle builder, writer and lecturer who is always inventing new performance shooting products. Ken Brooks is a graduate of the renowned Gunsmithing program at Lassen College and continues his journey by working full time for Bob Dunlap. Gene Kelly is the President of AGI and the Gun Club of America. He graduated from Lassen College's Gunsmithing program and worked as a Professional Gunsmith prior to founding AGI. T.R. Graham is a NRA Certified Pistol Instructor and is a known authority, author and Gunsmith specializing in Glocks and other handguns. Master Armorer John Bush is an AGI Instructor and a consultant to manufacturers and importers of military firearms, and is certified as an Expert Witness in firearm cases.