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Browning Challenger

Post by roninflag on Sat May 24, 2014 3:03 pm

I  Had a browning challenger .22 and shot it in some 25 yard matches  in 71-72(?).   I know I scored pretty good with it. it had a great trigger pull, the trigger was gold , nice wood grips and 6 7/8 inch barrel I believe.   I bought it for a hunting gun it was very , very deadly. it is one of two or three  I wish I had back. they are not mentioned as a gun to begin with in .22 bullseye shooting. My memory is not great but I would believe it kept up with the k-22s just not the model 41's.

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Re: Browning Challenger

Post by Bubba Blaster on Sat May 24, 2014 5:14 pm

I've been seeing a bunch of old Browning target pistols for resonable prices on Gunbroker.This one is sold.

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=416714922

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Re: Browning Challenger

Post by LenV on Sat May 24, 2014 7:29 pm

I still have my challenger.I had it in the box for a lot of years as my back up pistol for 22.Fired it in the Willamette Valley pistol league until 76. I then carried it in a holster for 30 plus years.It still has a great trigger and shoots little bitty groups.It would be very hard to mount a dot on this pistol but if you want to shoot steel sights they would be a great pistol.I saw a couple going on Gunbroker for around 400.00.I don't know how you could go wrong for that price.

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Re: Browning Challenger

Post by Aprilian on Wed Jun 29, 2016 9:40 am

Len,  Bringing this thread back to show that dots are possible and can be done cleanly.

I designed this based on my dad's 1964 FN Target (same as the Browning Challenger).   Ahlman's did the drilling, tapping, millwork and DuraCoat.   I have all the original parts so I can return it to the way my dad bought it in 1965.  It was quite accurate on initial test, but I did a complete strip last night and cleaned out some 50 year old factory grease and oil.  While it was open, I did a mild trigger polish and it is now much smoother.   

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Re: Browning Challenger

Post by LenV on Wed Jun 29, 2016 10:58 am

I have enough 22's that I think I can leave the old girl alone. That is a neat looking job that you did on that FN. They make mounts now to fit on current production Buckmarks that would probably just replace the upper part above the slide.

The old and the new.

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Re: Browning Challenger

Post by Aprilian on Wed Jun 29, 2016 4:45 pm

Is yours a challenger II which holds the slide on with the rib and a rear lost screw? Original Challengers have full rails and the barrel stops the slide from being removed.  The original floating rear sight tang has no retention function, so a BM swap is not a slam dunk and would still include some smithing.

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