Browning 22 Pistol Information

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      Browning 22 Pistol Information

      My first handgun was a Browning 22 Long Rifle semi-automatic pistol. I received it new as a gift 45-50 years ago. It is in like new condition. I am looking for information: name of pistol, manufacturing information, and if possible a link to or a copy of the owner's manual.

      Markings on the pistol:

      Brownings Arms Company
      Made in Belgium
      22 long Rifle
      Serial #: 75856U7

      I appreciate any input.

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      Might be a Browning Buckmark, although I'm not sure they were around back then.

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      Nope, not a Buckmark, probably a Medalist or a Challenger. The Buckmark came out in 1985.

      You can see Mfg dates and S/N break downs here: Browning Date Your Gun(Owners manuals can be downloaded there too)

      But the number you give doesn't match up to anything I've seen there...granted I didn't look too deep.

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      Quote Originally Posted by VAMarine View Post
      Nope, not a Buckmark, probably a Medalist or a Challenger. The Buckmark came out in 1985.

      You can see Mfg dates and S/N break downs here: Browning Date Your Gun(Owners manuals can be downloaded there too)

      But the number you give doesn't match up to anything I've seen there...granted I didn't look too deep.
      VAMarine,

      Thanks for the response. I had checked the Browning link that you referenced but could not find a serial number under any of the models that matched my pistol. If I cannot find the information, I may be forced to try the $39 Browning link the historical guns, although I not sure this applies to my gun.

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      The "U" indicates that it is a Challenger.

      A "T" in the serial number would indicate that it was a Medalist.

      Although, in some rare occasions, Browning used a Challenger frame to build a Medalist pistol (when they were short on Medalist frames). In those cases, they would add an "A" at the end (I think).

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      My mistake. Faulty memory. An "S" at the end of the serial number would indicate that the factory used a Challenger frame to build the Medalist, not an "A".

      Quote Originally Posted by ZLDRider View Post
      The "U" indicates that it is a Challenger.

      A "T" in the serial number would indicate that it was a Medalist.

      Although, in some rare occasions, Browning used a Challenger frame to build a Medalist pistol (when they were short on Medalist frames). In those cases, they would add an "A" at the end (I think).

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