1977 Browning BAR-22 20” Barrel in .22LR, Semi Automatic Rifle.

SOLD FOR: $940

WOA#:  WY240224CC016

Make: Browning

Model: BAR-22

Serial Number: 08746RR166

Year of Manufacture: 1977

Caliber: .22LR

Action Type: Semi-Auto, Mag Tube-Fed.

Markings: This rifle is marked with the serial in the right side plate of the receiver. The barrel is marked, “BROWNING ARMS COMPANY MORGAN UTAH AND MONTREAL P.Q. / MADE IN JAPAN / BAR-22 CALIBER .22 LONG RIFLE ONLY”

Barrel Length: 20”

Sights / Optics The front sight is a raised dovetail front sight with a brass bead, the rear sight is an adjustable flip-up U-notch dovetailed to the barrel. There is a weaver rail on top of the receiver.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is a two piece checkered walnut with a straight comb, semi-pistol grip buttstock and serrated black plastic Browning buttplate. The forend is square with checkering on each side. There are only minor pressure dents and scratches on both stocks. This stock rates in about Excellent overall condition.

Magazine Quantity & Condition: 15 Round Internal Mag Tube. Very Good condition.

Type of Finish:  Blued

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore. In this writer’s opinion the bore rates at a 10/10.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 99% of its metal finish. There are only very small nicks on the left of the receiver and the end of the barrel is thinning.. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None

Our Assessment: The Browning BAR-22 is a semi-automatic rimfire rifle produced by Browning Arms Company, renowned for its classic design, reliability, and accuracy. Introduced in 1977, the BAR-22 was designed as a smaller caliber variant of Browning’s iconic Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR), but chambered in .22 Long Rifle (LR) cartridge.

One of the key attractions of the BAR-22 is its classic design and timeless appeal, reminiscent of the iconic Browning firearms of the past. The rifle’s walnut stock, blued steel receiver, and polished finish contribute to its aesthetic appeal, while its ergonomic design and comfortable grip ensure a satisfying shooting experience.

While production of the Browning BAR-22 ceased in 1986, it remains highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts for its historical significance and exceptional craftsmanship. Well-maintained examples of the BAR-22 continue to be cherished by shooters for their reliability, accuracy, and classic styling, ensuring its place as a timeless firearm in the Browning lineup. -R.E.

1977 Browning BAR-22 20” Barrel in .22LR, Semi Automatic Rifle.
1977 Browning BAR-22 20” Barrel in .22LR, Semi Automatic Rifle.