Browning's engineers were able to beef up the 3-inch A5 to make a gun with exactly the same receiver length as the 3-inch model. It's no heavier than the 3-inch gun, either. My test gun weighed just 6 ¾ pounds, which is a mixed blessing in a 3 ½-inch gun. It carries nicely and handles well. It's a good pointer and some people who grew up with the square backed receiver feel they shoot that design better than any other. On the other hand, like any lightweight non-gas semiauto, the A5 hits hard at both ends when you load it up. My gun cycled 2 ¾ dram, 1 1/8 ounce target loads up to the heavy stuff with no problem.