By Lars Dalseide | February 20 2013 17:53

NRA welcomes Triggers host Wil Willis to examine and shoot shotguns at the headquarters range

Browning Auto-5 and pump action shotguns at the NRA Museum in Fairfax, Virginia

Fairfax, Virginia - Producers for the Military Channel's Triggers: Weapons that changed the World came to NRA Headquarters for a look at our shotguns. But a look is only so much fun. To get the full effect, to appreciate the design, the craftsmanship, the power ... you really have to shoot these shotguns.

So that's just what we did.

Filming segments for episode two of the show, titled "Combat Shotguns", the first stage was set inside the National Firearms Museum. Joined by Senior Curator Philip Schreier, Triggers host Wil Willis goes over the game changing combat shotgun made by Browning — the Auto-5.

Wil Willis walks the NRA Range with a Browning Auto-5 shotgun

Designed more than a hundred years ago, the Browning Auto-5 was the first to feature Browning's long recoil action system (see Wikipedia's explanation of the long recoil). Carrying three to five shells at a time, the Auto-5 was manufactured from 1902 to 1998.

Satisfied with the history, Schreier and Willis headed down to the NRA Headquarters Range for a little action.

Senior Curator Philip Schreier with a pump action shotgun at the NRA headquarters range

Now we can't reveal the outcome, but suffice to say you will be surprised by Phil's performance. What can we say ... the man knows his shotguns.

To see for yourself, tune in tonight at 10:00pm eastern time to the Military Channel for Triggers.

Triggers host Wil Willis shooting plates with a Browning Auto 5 shotgun at the NRA Headquarters Range


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