SOLD FOR: $2400
Make: Fabrique Nationale, in Belgium, for Browning
Model: SA-22 (Semi-Auto .22), Grade II Engraved
Serial Number: T21647
Year of Manufacture: 1957
Caliber: .22 Long Rifle
Action Type: Semi-Automatic, Tube Magazine Fed Takedown Rifle.
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “BROWNING ARMS COMPANY ST LOUIS Mo. / MADE IN BELGIUM”, the left at the rear sight is marked “22 LONG RIFLE” and the right is marked “BROWNING PATENTS”. The front face of the receiver is marked “T21647” and the front face of the trigger assembly is marked “T 1647”. The bottom of the bolt is marked with a star over “T”, lion over “PV” and Perron tower proof. The rear plate for the magazine tube is marked “21647”. The receiver has Grade II pattern engraving with a gopher scene on the right, squirrel scene on the left and a duck scene on the top surrounded by floral engraving.
Barrel Length: 19 3/8”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade, integral to a base that is dovetailed onto the barrel and does not appear to be original to the rifle. The rear is a square notched leaf dovetailed to the rear of the barrel adjustable for elevation with a ratchet wheel, known as a “wheel sight”. Mounting grooves have been added to the top of the receiver.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece walnut with checkering on the forend and pistol grip, straight comb and a serrated blued steel buttplate. The stocks have some scattered light compressions and minor drag lines. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is sharp throughout. The LOP measures 13 3/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the butt plate. The plate has thinning around the edges with light wear at the heel and toe and a few light marks in the serrations. The stocks rate in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Coin
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 96% of its metal finish. The barrel has a few barely perceptible light marks. The receiver and trigger have some lightly dispersed faint oxidation. The trigger pin head is unmarred. The screw heads are lightly tool marked. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. This rifle has a natural quick point of aim and has a very swift takedown procedure for storage and maintenance. There is very slight play between the barrel and receiver. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: The Browning SA-22 was introduced as a top-loader in 1914 and transitioned to its present design in 1956. FN made these rifles under Browning’s patent from 1956 until 1974 with a brief hiatus before Miroku began manufacturing them in 1976 in Japan. This example is from 1957 and has Grade II engraving and the older-style wheel rear sight. This is a great example of one of the coolest .22s ever made. Please see our photos and good luck!