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Post by CrankyThunder 10/29/2020, 4:32 pm

Hey guys!  

Stopped by a gun store and found a Browning Medalist for sale at a good price.  

No box, no tools, no papers, no weights.  Number of dings in the stocks (grips) and it has a cleaned up rust spot on the barrel so it is a shooter, not a safe queen. 

Followed me home.  

Shot it for a couple hundred rounds and then it started malfunctioning.  Initial curbside diagnosis is that it need a good cleaning, especially the hammer and firing pin cavity.  Nice trigger but I find that others value a great trigger whereas I am more accommodating.  Consistent which is what works for me.  

Anybody use these for bullseye?

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Post by spursnguns 10/29/2020, 5:07 pm

Hello CrankyThunder,

When I was a young dude, I used to regularly shoot against an older gentleman that had one of those.  I thought that the look of the pistol with that wood fore-end was "it".

Nonetheless, many failures with that pistol can be traced to the absence of the external case deflection pin.  If it did not come with one, I would suggest making one.

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Post by james r chapman 10/29/2020, 6:29 pm

Nah, most trade them in on Pardini’s Smile
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Post by CrankyThunder 10/29/2020, 7:38 pm

I see where the case deflecting pin is to be anchored, I thought that was for the disadvantaged shooters that use their left hands like that southpaw Jim,  to keep the hot brass from falling down the back of their throats.  Does it assist with extraction and or ejection?
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Post by CrankyThunder 10/29/2020, 7:40 pm

I gotta say that the iron sights are remarkable.  I thought my Pardini's irons were good but these are lots more better!
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Post by lakemurrayman 10/29/2020, 10:58 pm

Cranky Thunder,
I shot mine for a while until i needed a dot.There is nothing wrong with the medalist other than it's to pretty to shoot.Wonderful sights and trigger.Mine was made in 1962 and still looks new.Box,tools,weights,loading block and 2 magazines.

John

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Post by TonyH 10/30/2020, 7:46 am

George,
After shooting a Pardini, I don't see how you could even look at a Medalist.....I think you should pass it on to a good friend like me for evaluation and use.
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Post by spursnguns 10/30/2020, 8:56 am

CrankyThunder wrote:I see where the case deflecting pin is to be anchored, I thought that was for the disadvantaged shooters that use their left hands like that southpaw Jim,  to keep the hot brass from falling down the back of their throats.  Does it assist with extraction and or ejection?

Hello,

The slide velocity is pretty fast with this pistol.  The pin helped the empty cases to not hit the returning slide and bounce back into the action.  A piece of hardened drill rod, properly cut/sized, can be inserted in the provided hole....an easy peasy fix.

Jim
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Post by CrankyThunder 10/30/2020, 8:57 am

Be happy to sell it to you for double what I paid for it Tony!  


Cheep!  

Good Deal!
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Post by CrankyThunder 10/30/2020, 9:00 am

spursnguns wrote:
CrankyThunder wrote:I see where the case deflecting pin is to be anchored, I thought that was for the disadvantaged shooters that use their left hands like that southpaw Jim,  to keep the hot brass from falling down the back of their throats.  Does it assist with extraction and or ejection?

Hello,

The slide velocity is pretty fast with this pistol.  The pin helped the empty cases to not hit the returning slide and bounce back into the action.  A piece of hardened drill rod, properly cut/sized, can be inserted in the provided hole....an easy peasy fix.

Jim
Yeah I have seen that on some of the you tube videos and wondered what it was and looked for the hole in the grips.  I got to clean it up and get it competition ready cause it shoots beautifully.  I am thinking a brass rod the correct diameter would look good.
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Post by LenV 10/30/2020, 11:18 am

Stainless looks great also. The pin measures .0984 and a tiny bit under 1" long. The pin is basically the same size as the SS wire I use to make crab pot triggers. I guess that converts to 2.5 mm.
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Post by radjag 10/30/2020, 11:36 am

So Len,

Do your crabs prefer long roll or glass break triggers?

lol!

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Post by WesG 10/30/2020, 4:10 pm

My uncle had one when I was a kid. Gorgeous pistol. I've run across a couple in the last few years. Maybe someday.

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