I have acquired an A5 magnum after many years of searching for just what I wanted. My first requirement was that it be a real A5, not the new one. When I was young, my first cousin had a collection of Belgian A5's, one for every application. He had a 20 gauge for quail and dove, another twenty, for squirrel and rabbit. A Sweet 16 for wood duck in the early season. Two twelves, a heavy twelve for deer and a A5 magnum for late season duck hunting. Our family was not rich, this was a significant expense for him, he worked hard to get them all. But he loved the A5, his sweet sixteen was the most prized of them all. He died many years ago, but I have always remembered his love for his A5's. As far as he was concerned, it was the most perfect gun ever fielded. I had always hunted with with Winchester pumps as a boy(my other uncle believed the only gun ever made for duck hunting was the Winchester Model 12). I had been looking for a A5 for many years. I wanted a classic A5, but I wanted a Japan made Miruko model with invector chokes so I could shoot steel. I had done research on this, turns out the Japanese made guns were actually made to much tighter tolerances and out of harder steel. I know this is blasphemy to Belgian Browning fans, but if you shoot steel in a Belgian Browning you risk damaging the gun(unless you replace the barrel). I didn't want a beater, I wanted a beautiful A5, but I was unable to pay the amount most people wanted for one in the condition I wanted. I found one at a good price. The gun was unfired, bought and put in a gun cabinet. It has the beautiful, deep mirror finish blue of the Miruko made Brownings, not a scratch on it(a few minor dents in the wood). During my many years of searching, I had seen about 10 years ago a thread between 2 A5 enthusiasts. It concerned being able to shoot dove loads with a Magnum A5. Conventional wisdom(and the official Browning position) is that it will not work. But this guy's info was that you could take the recoil spring out of a Light 12 and swap it out with the heavy spring in a Magnum gun and it was a seamless transition. The magazine tube was the exact same length in both guns, the friction rings were identical also. The only difference was the main recoil spring. He stated he had been shooting his Magnum A5 like this since the 1960's and never had a problem. I bought a Light 12 spring(NOS) for $15 and tried it out. It works perfectly. By adjusting the friction rings I have the recoil down to the softest shooting 12 gauge I have ever fired. It's function is perfect, not one jam or failure to feed. I have been going to the skeet range at Seymour Johnson for the last 3 weeks(closer to home than Camp Lejeune). I am going to Lejeune this weekend(can't get the skeet range this weekend at SJ due to a prior booking). I can't wait for dove season. I will use this gun for dove and early season wood ducks.