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Old Phil
10-25-2015, 01:56 PM
For years I have wondered why my BLR has such a weird number. It is a 1970 year or about there 308 caliber, gun I bought new. Works great but kicks like a Weatherby Magnum. Shoots accurately but not special. about a 4 inch group with factory Winchester 160 grain at 100 yards from a rest. Serial number is 9920 KS7. Yup thats KS not K5. Emailed browning and never heard back. Gun looks identical to all the first series BLR and weighs in at 7 pounds with a 4X scopechief scope. HMM Anyone have any knowledge on this.

10-25-2015, 03:39 PM
If you want to spend some money

10-25-2015, 08:56 PM
It could be worse.

My Walther PPQ starts with "FAT..."

10-25-2015, 09:39 PM
Well from the blr introduction in 1969 until 1972 they were made in America, and all serial numbers were XXXXK in format. Beginning in 1973n the blr was manufactured in Japan, and a year designation was added after the K. Browning has noted that the year designation numbers are commonly flipped, making a K57 a blr, made in Japan, with a year date of 1975 (57 flipped). I would feel reasonably confident in saying that your BLR was made in Japan (due to numbers after the "K"), likely in 1975. I assume someones "5" stamp was either damaged or missing and since "S" is close in appearance it was substituted, or someone grabbed the wrong stamp by accident.

To sum up.
BLR made in 69, 70, 71, 72 were made in America, and ended in "K".
BLR made from 1973-1998 were made in Japan, and ended in "K37/73, K74/47 etc etc"

Old Phil
10-26-2015, 11:33 AM
Thanks. That all makes sense to me and was told it before but I bought it at a gun store in 1971 or 1972 at the latest. And hunted with it through the 70s. Have pictures from 1972 fall. This one is clearly KS7 so (I think Japan but maybe a trial run or something.) Browning wasn't very forthcoming but told me they did use the KS as a designation for experimental or prototype BLR ( not sure if American or Japanese or Belgium where they made a few pre 69)but they had no record of any being sold or any record of the one I have. Maybe an early prototype from Japan ( the 7th prototype) that wasn't to be sold?

Old Phil
10-26-2015, 11:36 AM
Oh and I said they never got back to me. They did actually but only real brief, kind of a go away note.