SOLD FOR: $1526
Make: Fabrique Nationale for Browning
Serial Number: 28875X7
Year of Manufacture: 1967, C&R
Caliber: .22 Long Rifle
Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle with Removable Magazine
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “BROWNING ARMS COMPANY ST LOUIS Mo. & MONTREAL P.Q. / MADE IN BELGIUM”. The right side of the barrel is marked “PATENT PENDING”. The left side of the barrel is marked “22 LONG RIFLE”. The left side of the shank and receiver are marked with a “* / Y” inspection mark and a series of proof marks. The bottom of the barrel is marked with the serial number. The bolt is marked with two proof marks and a “* / Y” inspector’s mark.
Barrel Length: 24”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a patridge style blade atop a ramped riser that is fixed to the barrel. Included but not attached is a rear peep sight that is adjustable for windage and elevation. The top of the receiver is grooved for mounting an optic (not included).
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is one-piece checkered walnut with a high gloss finish. The buttstock has a pistol grip, a straight comb, and a black plastic shotgun style buttplate marked “Browning” that has a pebbled finish. The wood shows no major imperfections, only a faint mark here and there. There is a tiny little line on the right of the buttstock near the belly; it is only noticeable in juxtaposition to the perfection of the rest of the wood. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/2” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate, which shows minimal wear and a few spots of light discoloration on the face. The stock rates in about Excellent overall 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 rifle retains about 99% of its metal finish. There is no notable wear. The screw heads are sharp and the markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. There is a safety at the left rear of the receiver. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This rifle comes in its original box with a serial matching label, two 5-round magazines, two 10-round magazines, the previously mentioned peep sight, and paperwork including a manual.
Our Assessment: This is a really well cared for rifle that is in solid condition. It is doubtful that it has seen the light of day more than a small handful of times. We see a lot of guns that aren’t in this condition that are only a year old, let alone over 50 years old. It is always a pleasure to see firearms that have been well taken care of by their owners. This is a Browning T-Bolt bolt action rifle that was made by FN in Belgium in 1967. The rifle is in Excellent condition with about 99% of its original finish remaining. In addition to good looks, it has Belgian quality – FN has been building high quality rifles, pistols and shotguns for Browning for a long time. The .22 Long Rifle cartridge is a great round target practice and for hunting small game and varmints. This is hands down the nicest original T-Bolt we have seen in the office here at LSB. Someone who appreciates fine guns as well as enthused Browning collectors would be privileged to win this one. Please see our photos and good luck!