SOLD FOR: $1500
Make: Browning, Made by Fabrique Nationale in Belgium
Model: 22 Semi-Auto Rifle, Grade 1
Serial Number: 71T63265
Year of Manufacture: 1971 (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” and has a Belgian proof at the rear. The right side of the barrel is marked “CALIBER 22 LONG RIFLE / BROWNING PATENTS”. The underside of the bolt has Belgian proofs. The sides of the receiver and the bottom of the trigger guard are scroll and border engraved. The right side of the receiver is marked with the serial number.
Barrel Length: 19 3/8”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade dovetailed into the barrel. The rear sight is not present. Installed on the top of the barrel is a one-piece cantilever rail mount.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with a flat-bottom pistol grip, straight comb, and serrated blued steel buttplate. There are a few compressions and draglines, the most noticeable are on the belly and on the bottom of the forend at the rear. There are a couple of ltiny marks through the finish, most noticeable on the edges of the pistol grip. 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 light wear. Overall, the stocks are in about Fine 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 95% of its metal finish. There are some light handling marks. There are some standard operational marks. The markings are clear. The screwheads are sharp. 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: Included is a Naugahyde case and paperwork including the manual.
Our Assessment: Few autoloading rimfire rifles have endured the test of time and the marketplace like the Browning SA-22. The SA-22 is one of the first semi-auto rimfire rifles ever made, and one of the most desirable. One of John M. Browning’s final designs, his genius shines through in every feature. The slim, forged steel receiver and slender barrel takes down into two compact units without tools. The Browning SA-22 is an iconic plinker, dating from 1914. It has been copied by Remington and Norinco, but neither come close to the real thing. This one has some light wear and a great bore, it comes with a Naughahyde case and is ready to install a scope. Please see our photos and good luck!