Sold For: $5,510
Model: Renaissance Medalist
Serial Number: 40453T71
Year of Manufacture: 1971 Listed on Section II, Page 18 of the BATF C&R list
Caliber: .22 Long Rifle
Action Type: Single Action, Semi-Automatic with Removable Magazine
Markings: The right side of the barrel is marked “22 L.R. BROWNING PATENTS / MADE IN BELGIUM”. The left side of the barrel is marked “BROWNING ARMS COMPANY / MORGAN, UTAH & MONTREAL P.Q.” The front strap is marked “40453T71”. The slide, frame and barrel are scroll engraved. There is a Belgian proof on the underside of the barrel. The floorplate of the magazine is marked “22 L.R. BROWNING”.
Barrel Length: 6 ¾” with full length ventilated rib
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated Patridge style blade. The rear sight is a square notch adjustable for windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The one piece grip is a large target grip with a thumb rest on the left side. There is checkering as well as a floral engraved pattern on the grips. There is a small Schnabel forend which also has a floral design on both sides. There are only faint handling marks. The grips rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Coin
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is Bright and the rifling is Sharp. There is No erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 99% of its metal finish. This pistol appears untouched. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this handgun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes with a black case with red felt interior. Inside the case is a small plastic grid which is for holding .22 cartridges. There are three barrel weights and the adaptor as well as a folding tool and the original owner’s manual. The manual is in a plastic envelope and has the serial number written on it. Two keys in wax paper are stapled to the plastic envelope. The interior of the box shows only light wear of the felt and rates in Fine condition. The exterior of the box has light storage wear and rates in Fine condition. There is a brass plate which has yet to be engraved on the lid of the box. The brass plate shows lots of scratching.
Our Assessment: This Browning Medalist model is a fine example of a true Bullseye match .22 target pistol. With the various barrel weights, it can be tailored to achieve perfect balance for each shooter. To find one of the coveted 382 engraved Renaissance Medalists of this vintage, and in this near-New condition is more than rare, as these were competition guns, but also cared for by their owners as prized possessions. For a beautiful gun that should be as accurate as it is good looking, this Browning Medalist cannot be beat.