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Old 06-27-2020, 02:00 PM
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Saw it at my LGS this morning. Mint condition, perfect case, weights, other goodies and paperwork. $1500. Just thought it could be a reference for anyone thinking of buying the same.


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Old 06-30-2020, 01:24 PM
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Here's one that will shed light on what a nice Medalist will bring these days. The auction was started at a low price for a cased and complete Medalist, so it should attract a good bit of interest as Medalists go.
https://www.gunbroker.com/item/872026889
There are about 20 more cased Medalists on GB with no bids, ranging in price from about a thousand to several thousand dollars.

I think the Medalist and International Medalist (and Belgium Challengers) are, these days, some of the most under-appreciated handguns ever built. I find them to be awesome guns, rewarding and engaging to own and shoot. Yet, nice examples are often available for not much more than a new Buck Mark or other current high-volume, cost-cut, mass produced (no-soul ) semi-automatics (some of which I also own).

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Old 06-30-2020, 03:31 PM
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The Browning Medalist is underrated as to the quality, craftsmanship, and elegance that you get for what you pay.

The Browning Challenger was underrated for years and now prices are catching up to the value. Those things will last for several generations if you take care of them.
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I value all my handguns that I have acquired over the years. My Medalist is among my favorites. When I pick it up it feels as if I am putting in on like a glove.
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I think that they are the best looking regular production pistols ever made.
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Old 06-30-2020, 11:14 PM
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My international medalist has a crisp 2 pound trigger with no pre travel and consistent reset and very accurate and trigger is adjustable they don’t make them like that anymore
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Medalist International......

I recently bought an FN150, the same gun as a Browning Medalist International model. The big grips took a bit of getting used to, however the trigger is simply incredible! If it only had the push button magazine release it would be perfect! Also, it would be helpful for FN or Browning to start making the magazines again so they wouldn't cost an arm and a leg! This is probably the best .22 semi auto that I have ever owned or fired!
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They are incredibly reliable. I shoot one Challenger more than all my other firearms combined. I also run a trimmed down Buck Mark buffer in it. I used it so much that after about 80,000 I put through it, I had it Hard Chromed because of so much finish wear. It was well used when I bought it. That was many years ago.
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Back in 1992 a friend alerted me to a Medalist at a LGS. I checked it out and it was the pistol only -- no case, weights, paperwork (how does that happen?!?) -- nothing but the Medalist, but it was absolutely pristine, not a mark on it. I couldn't pass it up at under $500. And turns out it shoots REALLY well. I probably should shoot it more often. They just don't make 'em like that anymore!

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