[John Browning never designed that rifle. The gun was made by FN in Leige, Belgium]
It's also widely referred to as an "FN Mauser", meaning that it's Fabrique' Nationale's (FN) modernization of the classic Mauser 1898 (M-98) action, moving the safety from the bolt shroud to the side of the trigger, streamlining the shroud in the process.
They were made with either the standard long extractor or a short extractor.
Your rifle was most likely made sometime between the 1959 introduction and 1972, when letter prefixes were added to the SN.
Last edited by PetahW; February 21, 2012 at 01:37 PM.