View Full Version : Browning Semi Auto 22 date?

March 27, 2011, 12:04 PM
Hi everyone, I have enjoyed reading many entries here in the forum over the years and finally decided to get registered and participate a little more actively.. Off course I also have a somewhat selfish reasong to do so.... :)

A friend gave me a Browning Semi Auto 22 and it had not been cared for very well in years. So, a thorough cleaning job did wonders for the receives and I have just completed re-finising the stock and fore-end. I came out very nice and I can now show my friend how much I appreciate his gift. I am sure he will like seeing his old trusted 22 come back to life like this...

Anyway, in putting all this work into the firearm I thought it would be nice to know when the rifle was actually built. The serial number on the right side of the receiver (top right corner) is 02472T57. On the barrel I see 'made in Japan.'

I have checked the 'date your gun' Browning website as well as proofhouse for post '58 years but somehow this serial number does not want to fit any scheme mentioned. Or, maybe, I am just not getting it.... :(

Any thoughts?




March 28, 2011, 06:43 PM
Your Auto-22 was made in 1975, the first year of Browning moving production from Belgium to Miroku in Japan.

The SN = 02472

"T" = LR chambering

"57" = really 1975, not 1957 - for a few years, the Japanese (for some reason) transposed the digits in the year section of the SN's.


March 29, 2011, 07:23 PM
thank you! :)

The transposing of the last two digits was my hangup.