I cut my shotgun shooting teeth on an A-5, first a Sweet Sixteen then a Light Twelve. The epitome of solid and reliable, but they sure do give me a gun headache on an all-afternoon dove shoot. Think it's that slam-bang of the recoil operated action.
Mine also came back with a soldier in Europe during WWII. Though no relative of mine. The guy I bought it from's Dad brought it and few other interesting items home with him. Mines a 16 ga from the 1920's. Got a pheasant with it last year on the last hunt of the year. Forgot to snap a pic though. Here's it's first kill with me. Along with my boxer mix, Mr. Marbles. Love those A5's.
For hunting geese I’ve had Rem SP10s, Benelli Super Black Eagles, various Rem and Win autos but ended up going back to my A5 Magnum…..it’s all I use now for goose hunting. I have a Sweet 16 and the A5 mag…..both made in 1959.
My gun life would be dull indeed if not for John Browning and Bill Ruger!