The Browning Auto 5 is an American 12-, 16-, or 20-gauge semi-automatic shotgun designed by John Browning in 1898. It was the first successful, mass-produced semi-automatic shotgun ever. It used a 4-round tubular magazine feed system, and can have a maximum capacity of 5 rounds with an extra round in the chamber. It was, and still is, widely used by law enforcement, military and civilian groups.
The Shotgun is a weapon introduced in the Secret Weapons of WWII expansion, issued to the SAS Engineer kit. It features low recoil, a moderate rate of fire, short range and high damage. It uses a 6-round magazine with 4 reserve 'magazines'. It is the ultimate close quarters weapon, as it has very high damage in close quarters, as well as poor accuracy, ideal for shorter ranges. It can easily kill in a single shot, though anywhere beyond 10 or so meters, the damage will drop rapidly and will not affect anywhere beyond 20 or so meters. It can usually be matched by a submachine gun, though a skilled player can usually best anything with the shotgun.
As the Engineer kit usually uses an unscoped bolt-action rifle, the shotgun can be an interesting change of pace for players, as it will usually force them to stay near tight urban areas, rather than in the open.
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12g Automatic is the standard shotgun of the Imperial German Army. It can be found throughout the War Story Through Mud and Blood. In the War Story Friends In High Places, one German Assault using this weapon can be fought. The shotgun can be also rarely seen in hands of Italian soldiers at the beginning of Avanti Savoia!. The 12g Automatic Extended variant can be picked up from a crate in The Runner.
The 12g Automatic is a primary weapon for the Assault kit. Three variants of the 12g Automatic are featured in multiplayer: Backbored, Hunter and Extended.
- In the Battlefield One Game play series: Weapons video, at 1:06, it was called the Automatic 5 Light Infantry in the kill tag.
- In Friends In High Places, a German assault who wields Auto 5 is seen using this weapon as a sniper lure. He puts a helmet on the shotgun's barrel, which is later hit.