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Old 03-31-2020, 07:03 AM
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I find the age by serial number look-up on the Browning website confusing. I have a Challenger with the 6 1/2" barrel and front sight directly on the barrel, not on a base. The serial number is 78272U7. Is the manufacturing year (19)72?
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Old 03-31-2020, 08:10 AM
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1967.
Just the single digit following the letter.Beginning a few years later, it became two digits following the letter.

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Old 03-31-2020, 10:01 AM
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I find the age by serial number look-up on the Browning website confusing.
The Browning website for the Belgium .22 pistols has been confusing for a long time. Corrective action is supposed to be on the way. Their website may apply to center fire pistol, not the .22 LR. Date code changed from single digit 9 to double digit 69 about mid 1969 production. Two digits continued into 1976.

Your 1967 Challenger was made about 1/3 of the way through that year's production. Browning/FN made about 25000 Nomads, Challengers and Medalist in 1967.

Andyd, The single blade front sight is correct for a 1967 Challenger. The front sight sits in a groove milled into the top of the barrel and is soldered in.

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Old 03-31-2020, 10:55 AM
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Thanks for the fast response, guys. I know that the front sight post was the earlier version. At least Browning is having a website to serve their customers and fans, I wish Anschutz or Walther would do the same.
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Same problem...
I inherited a Browning pistol but I don't know if it's a Challenger, CII or CIII

Serial is 471xxU5 but the website shows the serial number for the Challenger after the letter code, not before and for the CII and CIII, letter code U isn't even an option and the syntax doesn't match either.
The Challenger page says they made the Challenger til 1985 but the table shows explanations only up to 1975.

Is mine a 1965 Challenger I? I'd have to take your word for it as the website doesn't match my numbers in any way.

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Old 04-23-2020, 04:00 AM
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Yes, a 1965 Challenger. Made in Belgium.

(The C2 and C3 are US made.)
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Old 04-23-2020, 09:19 AM
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Same problem...
I inherited a Browning pistol but I don't know if it's a Challenger, CII or CIII

Serial is 471xxU5 but the website shows the serial number for the Challenger after the letter code, not before and for the CII and CIII, letter code U isn't even an option and the syntax doesn't match either.
The Challenger page says they made the Challenger til 1985 but the table shows explanations only up to 1975.

Is mine a 1965 Challenger I? I'd have to take your word for it as the website doesn't match my numbers in any way.
As Camster said, you have a 1965 Challenger. It should have a tall, thin, front sight.
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