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? on Browning .22 auto engraving

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by likes-to-shoot, Jan 19, 2011.

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  1. likes-to-shoot

    likes-to-shoot Well-Known Member

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    Have some 1950's era .22 Browning automatics. The higher grades with engraving are worth approx. 20% more so my question is, where are they signed and is it a full signature or just initials? Appreciate your responses.

    Bill
     
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    I assume you are talking about the 22 auto rifles. According to the Browning .22 caliber rifles book by Homer Tyler - "Not all the Grade II Rifles were signed by the engravers, but many were signed with an initial and a last name near the bottom of the receiver. Some were signed only with the initials of the engraver, and these are usually located on top of the receiver and to the left or right, below the duck. Some of the engravers had stamps that they used to mark their work, but Funken, Vrancken, and numerous others engraved their names." He goes on to say "Most of the Grade III guns were signed after 1957, but during the first two or three years many of the Grade III guns show no identification whatever as to who engraved them." According to the pictures in the book, the Grade III guns that were signed, had the name below the dog or bird on the side of the receiver at the bottom. Some are easy to read and others are basically impossible.
     
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    Thanks Frostyman, thats what I needed to know.
     
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    GOT ANY GRADE III's THAT HAVE THE "WHEEL SIGHT" ?? WANNA SELL ANY ???
    THANKS IN ADVANCE !!!
     
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