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22 Semi-Auto Rifle

The production of the 22 Semi-Auto rifle began in 1914, and was officially imported by Browning in 1956. It is still in production today.

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Date Historic Information Serial Number Info
1914-1955 F.N. began production of the 22 Semi-Auto Rifle. No serial numbers are available.
1956-1967 In 1961, the codes for calibers were changed:
T=Long Rifle Caliber
E=Short Rifle Caliber
Example: 8T1000 = A 1968 22 Long Rifle Caliber Semi-Auto Rifle with serial number 1000.
T=Long Rifle Caliber
E=Short Rifle Caliber
1969-73 1969 started using two digits for the date of manufacture:
T=Long Rifle Caliber
E=Short Rifle Caliber
This was then followed by the serial number beginning with 1000.
Example: 69T1000 = A 1969 22 Semi-Auto rifle in 22 Long Rifle Caliber with a serial number of 1000.
T=Long Rifle Caliber
E=Short Rifle Caliber
1974-75 (76)

In 1974, production of the 22 Semi-Auto was moved to Miroku, Japan. The order of the serial number code was changed to:
1.Serial Number which started at 1000 for each year.
2. Two digit year code
3. Rifle type code:
T=Long Rifle Caliber
E=Short Rifle Caliber
 

NOTE: FOR MANY MIROKU GUNS FROM 1973-75 AND PART OF 76, THE YEAR WAS REVERSED IN THE SERIAL NUMBER. 47 WOULD MEAN 1974.

Example: 1000T47 = A 1974 22 Semi-Auto rifle in 22 Long Rifle Caliber with a serial number of 1000.

T=Long Rifle Caliber
1976-1997 During 1976, Browning standardized its serial number identification.
1. Serial Number
beginning with 01001
at the start of each year.
 
2. Date of Manufacture
is a two-digit code
Z=1
Y=2
X=3
W=4
V=5
T=6
R=7
P=8
N=9
M=0
3. 22 Semi-Auto Type 146=Grade 1
246=Grade 2
346=Grade 3
646=Grade 6

 

Serial
Number Example:

01001RT646

This would be a 22 Semi-Auto Grade 6 rifle, manufactured in 1976 with the serial number 1000.

1999 In 1998, Browning revised the standardization of its serial number system to work with a new data base.
1. Serial Number
beginning with 01001
at the start of each year.
 
2. Date of Manufacture
is a two-digit code
Z=1
Y=2
X=3
W=4
V=5
T=6
R=7
P=8
N=9
M=0
3. 22 Semi-Auto Type 212=22 Semi-Auto Rifle

 

Serial
Number Example:

01001NN212
This would be a 22 Semi-Auto Rifle, manufactured in 1999 with the serial number 01001.


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