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Old 11-25-2021, 09:48 AM
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How do you identify whether you have a Challenger I, I,or III?
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Old 11-25-2021, 10:54 AM
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For starters

Is are made in Belgium, and so marked.

ps: A C2 will also have a steel frame, while I believe a C3 will have alloy.

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Old 11-25-2021, 12:25 PM
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Camster is correct. The Belgium Challenger (C - I) has a wrap around grip. The other two have a wood panel grip on each side. Except for 1976 and 1977 the C-II says "Challenger II" on the right side of the barrel. The C-III has "Challenger III" on the right side of the barrel.
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Old 11-25-2021, 12:51 PM
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Here are examples.


Challenger II - Grip angle is more like the Buck Mark, has things in common with earlier and later guns. The only examples I've seen have matte slides. This one is wearing Buck Mark grips. CII, CIII and Buck Mark can swap grips (except for the Rifle, URX, UDX and Challenge. Note the cutout for the BM's mag release.

Challenger III - Closest model to the current Buck Mark. The ones I've seen have polished blued slides and barrels.

All of the three pistols use the European style mag release.

The mags in the picture that say "?" are CII mags. The "Works in Buck Mark" is a CIII.

Original Challenger - (Not named "Challenger I" by Browning) had the Ruger-like grip angle.
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Old 11-25-2021, 01:26 PM
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Each generation was an effort to reduce costs yet still have an accurate and reliable pistol.
As mentioned above the Belgium Challenger I is the best quality.
The Challenger II has what appears to be a cast steel frame.
The Challenger III has an alloy frame.
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Old 11-25-2021, 01:27 PM
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Each generation was an effort to reduce costs yet still have an accurate and reliable pistol.
As mentioned above the Belgium Challenger I is the best quality.
The Challenger II has what appears to be a cast steel frame.
The Challenger III has an alloy frame.

The Challenger II & III are made in the USA like the Buck Mark.
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