SOLD FOR: $1,751
Make: Browning (Made in Belgium by FN)
Serial Number: 104264T8
Year of Manufacture: 1968 (https://www.browning.com/support/date-your-firearm/medalist–22-caliber-pistol.html)
Caliber: .22 Long Rifle
Action Type: Semi-Auto, Single Action
Markings: On the left side of the barrel this pistol is marked “BROWNING ARMS COMPANY”. The right side of the barrel is marked “MADE IN BELGIUM 22 L.R.” The front strap is marked with the serial number. The underside of the barrel is marked with two Belgian proof marks, “* / Y” inspection mark and “BROWNING’S PATENT”. The left-rear of the slide and the left-front of the trigger guard have matching inspection mark and proof. The bottom of the magazine is marked “.22 L.R. BROWNING”.
Barrel Length: 6 3/4?, Heavy Barrel with Vent-Rib
Sights / Optics: The front sight is an undercut serrated Patridge blade pinned to the ventilated rib. The rear sight is a square notch, adjustable for windage and elevation mounted to the rib.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grip is a large walnut target grip with a thumb shelf and matching Schnabel-style tip forend. The stocks have only a few scattered minor marks. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. There is a hole for the included shell deflector pin in the right at the top. The grip rates in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 98% of its beautiful blue finish. There are a couple of minor marks on the sides of the barrel toward the front. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun is in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The pistol comes in a black faux-leather coated hard sided case with brass locking latch on the front (keys included), red felt interior with fitted depressions for the pistol, barrel weight set, multi tool, and cartridge tray, all of which are included along with a manual, cutout of a target which was presumably shot with this pistol, and a total of one 10-round magazine. There is a plaque in the case at the top-right reading “Automatics by / BROWNING / St. Louis, Mo.”. The exterior of the case has scattered light wear, mostly at corners and the brass nameplate on the lid is not marked, the interior has light wear from the contents, mostly around the sights. Overall, the case is in about Very Good-plus condition. The barrel weights and multitool have some scattered light marks, in about Fine condition. The magazine has light operational wear, the toe of the floorplate is bent down, the feed lips are intact and the spring is strong, in about Good-Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: The Browning Medalist model is a fine example of a true Bullseye match .22 target pistol. It can be fit with a variety of barrel weights or the installed forend and has a track record of quality. This example is in about Excellent condition with only light handling marks in the metal and a few scattered light marks in the stocks. This pistol is quite attractive and should present well in its medalist case for a Browning collector. If not being presented, this pistol will make an outstanding target gun. Please see our photos and good luck!