Sold For: $1,625
Make: Made by Fabrique Nationale in Belgium for Browning
Model: 22 Semi-Auto Rifle, Grade 1
Serial Number: 70T34832
Year of Manufacture: 1970 (https://www.browning.com/support/date-your-firearm/22-semi-auto-rifle.html)
Caliber: .22 Long Rifle
Action Type: This is a semi-automatic rifle with a tubular magazine in the butt. It is a takedown model with a removable barrel.
Markings: The left of the barrel is marked “BROWNING ARMS COMPANY MORGAN, UTAH & MONTREAL P.Q. / MADE IN BELGIUM”. The right side of the barrel is marked “CALIBER 22 LONG RIFLE / BROWNING PATENTS”. The bottom of the barrel is marked “70T34832” in front of the forend. The underside of the bolt has a Belgian proof. The right of the receiver is marked “70T34832”. The sides of the receiver and the bottom of the trigger guard are scroll and border engraved.
Barrel Length: 19 1/4”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade dovetailed into the barrel. The rear sight is a folding “U” notched sight adjustable for elevation. The barrel has two drilled, tapped and filled holes, one in front of and one behind the rear sight, for mounting a scope (none included).
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with flat-bottom pistol grip, straight comb and serrated blued steel buttplate. The stocks have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. The checkering is well defined. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 3/4″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has no notable wear or damage with sharp serrations. Overall, the stocks are in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. The bolt has light operational wear. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. It has a cross-bolt safety at the front of the trigger guard. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This rifle comes in a two-piece black cardboard Browning box with serial-matching label. The box has moderate wear with surface loss, fraying and tears at edges and corners, and some scattered pieces of tape on the exterior, the interior shows wear from the rifle, in about Fair-Good condition.
Our Assessment: Browning first started making this rifle in 1914, FN manufactured the rifle through 1974, after which it was made by Miroku of Japan. The earlier rifles were made in three grades, with Miroku adding two more. This is a Grade 1 rifle made by FN in 1970. It has a 19 1/4” barrel, blue finish, and scroll engraving on the receiver and trigger guard. This rifle is in Excellent condition, having been protected well over the years by its box. The rifle shows little sign of use with a great bore and strong mechanics. Whether you’re looking for a plinker with a little panache or would like to add this rifle to a Browning collection, this is a sweet old .22. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable (THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO OUT OF STATE RESIDENTS): This C&R eligible rifle can be transferred in California but must be transferred through your local dealer or at our Simi Valley location; we cannot ship directly to a C&R holder in California. Out of state residents can disregard this section – your local laws apply.