Sold For: $1,275.00
Make: Browning (Made by Miroku in Japan)
Model: BAR 22 (Browning Automatic Rifle), Grade I
Serial Number: 06306RP166
Year of Manufacture: 1978 (RR Date Code)
Caliber: .22 Long Rifle
Action Type: Semi-Auto with 15-Round Tubular Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “BROWNING ARMS COMPANY MORGAN, UTAH & MONTREAL P.Q. / MADE IN JAPAN”. The right side of the barrel is marked “BAR-22 CALIBER 22 LONG RIFLE ONLY”. The right side of the receiver is marked with the serial number. The buttplate is marked “BROWNING”.
Barrel Length: 20?
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a brass beaded blade dovetailed to a riser that is fixed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a folding “U”-notch adjustable for elevation dovetail at the rear of the barrel. The top of the receiver is grooved for a scope mount (none included).
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with pistol grip, straight comb, and black plastic buttplate. There are scattered little dings and compressions along the belly. There are sparsely scattered shallow compressions and faint draglines about the wood with slightly more noticeable compressions on the left side of the forearm towards the rear. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is sharp. The LOP measures 13 5/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate, which shows hardly any wear. The stocks are in about Fine-Plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. The sides of the receiver show a few superficial lines. There is a small scratch on the left side of the receiver. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. There is a cross bolt safety behind the trigger. 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 serial matching box with a manual.
Our Assessment: The Browning BAR 22 rifle was produced starting in 1977 and was discontinued in 1985. This rifle was made during the second year and is in Fine-Plus condition appearing to have seen little use. With a similar shaped receiver to their center-fire BAR line, this would make a great addition to a collection which already has a BAR. Please see our photos and good luck!