Browning .22 semi-auto rifle

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by randlyn, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. randlyn

    randlyn New Member

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    I have a Belgium Browning Auto .22 with the wheeled sight so I assume that it was made between 1956 and 1960.The only serial # is on the butt-plate. The books I have say that there should be a prefix but there is none that I can see. Can someone please tell me what year it was made and what it would be worth in very good condition?
     
  2. matt g

    matt g New Member Supporter

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    Some pictures would be a big help for us to tell you what you want to know.
     

  3. randlyn

    randlyn New Member

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    I'm not very good at this computer business. I don't know if I can figure out how to send a picture. I'll try.
     
  4. matt g

    matt g New Member Supporter

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    If you have them on your computer, upload them to www.photobucket.com Use the "IMG" tags that Photo Bucket supplies you with, then just copy and paste them here.

    Quote this post to see what I'm talking about.

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  5. randlyn

    randlyn New Member

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    Well, I tried, but I don't think I understand everything I know about this business. Sorry, maybe I can get one of the teens from church to help out.
     
  6. big shrek

    big shrek Well-Known Member

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    I'm showing info in my book that says the Browning Automatic Rifle was based off the Remington 241A & made from 1965-1972 in Herstal, Belgium by FN (Fabrique Nationale) & 1972 to present by Miroku Firearms in Tokyo, Japan.

    There are three Grade levels with variations of engraving on the recivers.

    Grade I - simple scrollwork
    Grade II - small game animal scenes & gold trigger (1972-84, first year only by FN)
    Grade III - dog & game bird scenes & gold accents/trigger, extra-fancy walnut stock w/skip-checkering (1972-1984, 1st yr only FN)

    The ones from FN are usually worth 2-3 times the price of the Miroku versions.
     
  7. 30-30remchester

    30-30remchester New Member

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    the above post is partially correct except that they were produced earlier than 1965. they were actually modeled after the model 24 remington and the 241 was as well. john browning designed the rifle and sold the patent to remington. what a fabulous piece of steel and wood! no potmetal casting reciever or recycled milkjug stock. guard it ,as this quality of firearm is a thing of the past. avoid repeated takedowns as this will eventually wear the threads. have you ever taken it all the way down in as such, removed trigger assembly and bolt? what a genius this man was. the last older browning 22 auto i examined had the serial number underside of the barrel just in front of the forend if my memory serves me well.WARNING my memory seldom serves me anymore as old age creeps up.
     
  8. big shrek

    big shrek Well-Known Member

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    Know what you mean...All the info I have on Browning comes from books & what little I remember about the .30-06 BAR that my grandpa had.

    The book I have was written in 1999, so there's probably better info out there on the rifle in question :)
     
  9. rugermike

    rugermike New Member

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    Is it a Takedown version?


    First and foremost is it a takedown version, secondly does it have extra nice marble wood and scolling on the receiver? The wheeled sight version had many versions and that depends mostly on the value of the 22. Workmanship and ornamentaion with the quality is the major portion of value set. Along with rarity and most of the data for these 22 rifles has been lost, because the patents were shipped to Remington and french gun makers in the later years. Is there any UIS markings on the rifle and or FN insiginas? and where?
    you may e-mail me at mikem@tls.net to discuss if you wish?
    Interesting find though?
     
  10. Vearl Brown

    Vearl Brown New Member

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    Sometimes there is a serial # on the bottom of the barrel just forward of the forearm. Serial # can also be found stamped on the front of the receiver and trigger guard. The barrel has to be removed to see them IF they are there.
     
  11. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger New Member

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    One year eight months.
     
  12. dragonfly

    dragonfly New Member

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    Go the the Browning web sight. They have a listing for looking up serial numbers, very simple to do.
    Browning Semi-Auto 22, Product Family

    You can also visit RimfireCentral.com and check out the Browning link. Lots of good information, do a search on your feed problem and you will find a wealth of information and people willing to offer suggestions that are very knowledgeable.