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Old 04-25-2020, 06:38 AM
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I have a BL-22 with a serial starting with 9B. The serial is stamped on the right side of the barrel. Gun is in beautiful condition but I'm having a hard time locating information about it. Seen a few different forums, one says it was one sold before the stamping error recall. I'm no Browning expert so I'm looking for correct information of it's history/build year and possible value.

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Old 04-25-2020, 07:39 AM
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can't help with the history of it, just wanted to comment on how beautiful that BL-22 is. That wood is just awesome.

Welcome to the Forum, thanks for posting a picture with it.
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Old 04-25-2020, 07:50 AM
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can't help with the history of it, just wanted to comment on how beautiful that BL-22 is. That wood is just awesome.

Welcome to the Forum, thanks for posting a picture with it.
Thanks, and yes the wood is stunning.
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Old 04-25-2020, 09:07 AM
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Does the serial number look hand stamped? I have read that the 1969-70 models were mostly hand stamped.

My BL-22 is a 1990s and it has an awesome trigger and overall just a great 22 lever, my only dings are it has such a high gloss finish that it shows everything, that bugged me more in the beginning than now. The other ding is the takedown, wow! I would never encourage anyone to take that single screw out and if you do, pay very close attention. I do believe the design is such that it was never intended to be taken apart, it is easy to clean without disassembly.
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Old 04-25-2020, 09:42 AM
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Does the serial number look hand stamped? I have read that the 1969-70 models were mostly hand stamped.

My BL-22 is a 1990s and it has an awesome trigger and overall just a great 22 lever, my only dings are it has such a high gloss finish that it shows everything, that bugged me more in the beginning than now. The other ding is the takedown, wow! I would never encourage anyone to take that single screw out and if you do, pay very close attention. I do believe the design is such that it was never intended to be taken apart, it is easy to clean without disassembly.
Yes the serial does look hand stamped. Yeah I'm not really wanting to or planning to take it apart. I would be afraid of scratching the screws which are also engraved.
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Old 04-25-2020, 09:46 AM
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1969.
Probably is marked "Patent Pending".
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Old 04-25-2020, 10:44 AM
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1969.
Probably is marked "Patent Pending".
Yes it does say that on the barrel.
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Old 04-25-2020, 10:54 AM
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I have a patent pending bl 22, the stocks are oil rubbed french walnut.
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Old 04-25-2020, 11:36 AM
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I have a patent pending bl 22, the stocks are oil rubbed french walnut.
Nice rifle!
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The original poster's rifle is a Grade II model; has the Gold trigger, cut checkering, and engraving.

I have a grade II also, but my wood is just o.k., nothing compared to that one.

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Yes, that wood looks real good.
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Old 04-25-2020, 06:16 PM
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That is a very fine rifle.
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Old 04-25-2020, 06:18 PM
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Here is my grade 1 with a Wrangler
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Old 04-25-2020, 06:20 PM
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Yes, that wood looks real good.
Why do you think the wood has a red tone? Refinished?
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Old 04-25-2020, 07:37 PM
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Why do you think the wood has a red tone? Refinished?
It is hard to say. I have a second year BL-22 and it has decent wood and the color is a little darker. It doesn’t look as good as this one.
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