Sold For: $2,686.00
Make: Fabrique Nationale
Model: Trombone Grade I
Year of Manufacture: 1985
Caliber: .22 LR
Action Type: Pump Action
Serial Number: 166CS01136
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked: “BROWNING ARMS COMPANY MORGAN. UTAH & MONTREAL PQ / MADE IN BELGIUM – FFRABIQUE NATIONALE HERSTAL”. The right side of the barrel is marked “CALIBER .22 SHORT LONG & LONG RIFLE”. The serial number is on the right side of the barrel “166CS1136” The Grade 1 light scroll is engraved “L.ERNST”.
Barrel Length: 22″
Sights: The rear sight is a notch leaf and elevator sight set in a dovetail. The front sight is a dovetailed blade with a bead.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are beautifully figured with a high gloss varnish. The pistol grip is checkered. The forearm has the robs. Overall there is little bad that can be said about the wood. The Stock is in Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Overall Condition: The rifle retains better than 97% of its metal finish. There is no erosion and no wear from cycling the action worth mentioning. There is some scratching to the magazine tube from what appears to be from being taken down. The rifle rates in Excellent overall condition.
Bore Condition: The bore is good with deep rifling and no pitting.
Mechanics: The gun functions Correctly.
Box: Box with matching end label in excellent overall condition. Three is a photocopy scanned manual in the box.
Our Assessment: These rifles were extremely limited in production. Especially in the Grade I configuration. The Box leads us to believe this rifle was manufactured sometime in the 80’s. This rifle has high grade wood, hand engraving, and checkering. There are so few things that can be said that is wrong with this gun. There are some minor scratches to the magazine tube and that is about it. This is an excellent rifle that any Browning Enthusiast would be happy to add to the collection.