Old Browning .22 Shorts Only

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by Dial911inVegas, Jul 4, 2010.

  1. Dial911inVegas

    Dial911inVegas New Member

    Way back in 1955 or 1956 I bought a Browning semi auto rifle that fires "shorts only." I can't remember what I paid for it, I was just a kid, perhaps $80. I can find no information on this rifle. The serial number is A2848. Can anyone help me? Thank you.
  2. Hawg

    Hawg Active Member


  3. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

    Vegas- that is not a lot of info to go on- but if this rifle had a very slender forearm, loaded thru the butt, those were beautiful (and rather pricy for a .22) The later serial numbers did not use an A prefix, so I am guessing that you have an eary version. Link for ya: 22 Semi-Auto Rifle

    And of course, you can always contact Browning.
  4. dragonfly

    dragonfly New Member

    Remington began the production of the Mdl 24 based on the Browning patent in the early 1900s sometime around 1916 or so if my memory serves me right. I have one made in 1925 that came down through my family. I first shot it when I was 4 or 5 in about 1945. It has a serial number located on the base of the barrel where it joins the stock portion at take down. It had a very small Schnabel for arm. In about 1934, Remington updated model and it was longer with a larger forearm. More like the Browning that would eventually be imported. Remington ceased production of the rifle sometime in the 40s. I don't have access to my notes right now. Browning did begin importation in 1954 of the FN Belgium production but with Browning as the Mfr. The wheel-sight is one of the more sought after Belgium made Brownings of the late 50-s to early 60's. Mine (wheel sight) was made in 1959. I bought it new in a hardware store in Missouri in 1960 or 1961 for less than $75 dollars. I shot a lot of rabbits with that .22 while I was in college. The SA or ATD as they are usually called, are one of the finest semiautos ever made. DF
  5. YoungGunWill

    YoungGunWill New Member

    Oh, did they also make them in LR too? My friend has one, they eat ANY 22lr you feed them, he had the break down model though. He asked for a little research on the rifle several months back; as I recall from 1956-74 they were made by FN in Belgium, then from 76' on by a B.C. Miroku in Japan. The finishes start with a lightly engraved receiver and parts of the wood work checkered to highly polished walnut with a beaver-tail fore grip and a heavily engraved receiver