111. Rare Browning Custom Shop Auto 22 Royal Grade Semi-Auto Rifle

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serial #146CS02128, 22 LR, 19 1/4'' barrel with an as-new, likely unfired bore. The barrel is marked ''Made In Belgium'' and rates as-new as well with no visible signs of wear. The coin finished receiver features wide foliate pattern engraving with the Browning name in 24k gold on either side. The receiver rates excellent with a few small handling marks, the engraver's signature ''B. ROMAINVILLE'' is located on the left side of the triggerguard. The trigger retains all its gold plating. The presentation grade walnut stocks rate excellent and have a few very light handling marks. The stocks feature some lovely figure and have finer factory pattern checkering to the forearm and wrist. The original sights remain intact and included is the original factory box with correct end label and certificate of authenticity that is dated January 30, 2006. Research is limited but shows that only about 20 of these high grade custom shop rifles were ever made, little other information is available. Regardless this is a very rare example and due to its extremely limited production and lack of information, could be one of the rarest not only of the Auto 22 rifles but of any Browning production, and would be the gem of any Browning collector's collection. (48955-45) {MODERN} (4000/8000) Sold For 6037.50

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