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Old 08-17-2017, 02:37 PM
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I am about to buy my fist SA-22. Should I get a Japanese or a Belgium rifle? Are there any real practical differences? What say you? Thanks....Gary
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Old 08-17-2017, 02:42 PM
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I would just get the made in Japan version as they are readily available brand new. I bought my Japan made version new in 2014 and have been extremely pleased with it.
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Old 08-17-2017, 03:13 PM
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Both of mine are japan.
Short. And long rifle version.
Couldn't be happier.
Very good workmanship.
Buy with confidence.
You'll not ever regret it.

You getting the LR or the short ??
I must admit, the short only rifle
Seems to look better with the longer barrel.
Holds more ammo too!!
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Old 08-17-2017, 03:33 PM
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Seriously..
The little browning sa22 is the finest. 22 auto money can buy.
Superbly accurate.
Extreme good looks.
And pride of ownership is second to none
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Old 08-17-2017, 06:00 PM
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Unless you can find a Belgian locally where you can inspect it for a reasonable price, stick to a new Japanese version. I own an old one, but the new ones I've seen are just as well made. CDNN Sports currently has them for $399 after $100 rebate. Can't beat that deal anywhere!
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I'll second the buy new Japanese option, the price after rebate from CDNN is awesome, doubt you'll ever see cheaper for a new manufacture SA22.

Great little rifles that ooze quality! Cannot go wrong!


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Old 08-21-2017, 03:25 PM
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Unless you can find a Belgian locally where you can inspect it for a reasonable price, stick to a new Japanese version. I own an old one, but the new ones I've seen are just as well made. CDNN Sports currently has them for $399 after $100 rebate. Can't beat that deal anywhere!
Unless you live in California. CDNN will not ship ANY semi-auto rifles there. Regardless of caliber. bummer...
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Old 08-21-2017, 05:21 PM
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I'm an old fart/collector who owns only Belgian versions,but I wouldn't hesitate for a second about buying a new Japanese version.
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Old 08-21-2017, 06:15 PM
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I'm an old fart/collector who owns only Belgian versions,but I wouldn't hesitate for a second about buying a new Japanese version.
Is the only real difference is a name stamped on the barrel?
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Old 08-21-2017, 06:39 PM
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Is the only real difference is a name stamped on the barrel?
Pretty much.A number of minor differences.
The engraving on the Belgians is hand done,and it's machine done on the current ones.The Belgians have Euro sourced walnut. I think that the Japanese guns use American walnut.
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I have one of each having recently fallen into a very nice deal on a Belgium, given the opportunity to buy at a reasonable price I'd go with the Belgium just for the value holding aspect but for a shooter there's no real difference.
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Maybe it's just me, but I can hear and feel a difference between them when the bolt closes. To me the Japanese models have an almost tinny sound and feel. The Belgium models have a smoother action as well.
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Maybe it's just me, but I can hear and feel a difference between them when the bolt closes. To me the Japanese models have an almost tinny sound and feel. The Belgium models have a smoother action as well.
Owned a couple of Japanese guns but never fired them.
Little stuff,but I prefer the barrel markings of the Belgians,the presence of proof marks on the breech block.The lettering on the Japanese guns isn't as smooth and is raised,as if the metal was pushed to the side when stamped.Belgian barrels were probably polished after the stamp,not before...It's flush on the Belgians.The Belgians have a blued butt plate.I believe that it painted on the later guns.I also love the honey color French walnut stocks of the Belgians.
I actually think that the low spot in quality were the 73/74 Belgian guns.It was parts clean up for FN,no doubt employees knew that they were losing their jobs.The barrel markings and rear sight were also changed to the Japanese style..I owned a 73-nothing special about it,and simply not as good as earlier ones-the butt stock wasn't inletted properly..My 2002 Japanese Grade 2 short was first class quality all of the way.

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