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I bought what I was told was a 1956 Browning semi auto .22 at last week's gun show from an individual carrying it in. I have familiarized myself with these somewhat, and felt comfortable buying it considering it was Belgium made, short only, and had the wheelsight. My question is the location of the serial number. On the steel buttplate there is A159 marked. The "A" is smaller than the 159. Is that the correct location for the serial number in 1956? Is there another location I should look for a matching serial number or additional marking I would expect to see.
 

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Thanks. The problem is that Browning does not mention the serial numbers from 1956-1960 on their website. Further I read in a random post that the 22 Short model had an "A" in the serial number rather than an "E' prior to 1961. Still need someone familiar with the early models.

I do know the old semi autos did not have a serial number on the side plate.
 

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Got my answers

I was sent this link. Brwoning 22 atd serial numbers
I also received pictures from a man with a 1957 22 semi auto. The butt plate is indeed the serial number. It is also on the frame and trigger when broken down. This gun is one of the very first shorts imported into the US in 1956. I certainly didn't steal it, but am very excited to have it.
 
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