By Kent Danjanovic
There’s a good reason you see all those Buckmark decals on the back windows of so many pickup trucks and SUVs driving down the road. The name Browning is synonymous with no-nonsense, high-performance autoloaders having superb design with unmatched handling. And with an easily recognizable semi-humpbacked receiver silhouette, Browning’s Silver shotguns perfectly honor that historic legacy. Sharing the same proven Active Valve gas operation as Brownings’ Gold, the Silver Field semi-auto loader is one of the softest recoiling and easiest shooting guns available today, delivering up to a 50% decrease in felt recoil over the competition.
Browning’s Active Valve system makes the Silver one of the most versatile and reliable shotguns around, able to fire a wide range of factory loads under the most extreme conditions. Also, its Back-Bored Barrel Technology ensures your shot patterns are tight, dense, even and consistent.
The self-adjusting Active Valve gas system in the Silver autoloaders uses gas from fired shells to operate the action instead of contributing to recoil. When shooting light loads, most of the gases operate the action. With magnum loads, only a small amount of gas is necessary to operate the action, while the remaining gases are vented through the Active Valve and out the top of the forearm and away from the receiver for clean, reliable operation.
Because the gas piston and Active Valve operate independently, less pressure is exerted on the gas piston for greater longevity and more efficient operation than other gas-operated autoloaders. And, because the Active Valve expels unnecessary gases, it naturally reduces felt recoil before it ever reaches your shoulder — without the need for heavy hydraulic recoil dampers, sticky gel pads and gimmicky gel stock inserts. Superior recoil reduction from the Active Valve also equals faster, more accurate follow-up shots and all-day shooting comfort regardless of the loads used.
Yes, the Silver Field is a proven design with features that have withstood the test of time and the new Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades Field will definitely give your duck blind a little extra style. It’s semi-humpback design is a reminder of its predecessors and its sleek lines and quick accent to your shoulder will put a smile on your face as you watch bird after bird fall from the sky!
The pleasure of owning a Browning shotgun is derived partly by legendary traditions of excellence started by John Moses Browning a century and a half ago. The original Automatic 5 shotgun established a standard that was never truly supplanted. And today’s Browning shotguns are derivative of all the great inventiveness of their founder. Not all guns suit everyone perfectly, but I believe there just might be a perfect Browning shotgun for you – and the Silver Field might just be the one.