Browning Challenger help - Pistolsmith

Go Back   Pistolsmith > Pistol Forum > Browning Pistols

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-11-2012, 05:11 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Alabama
Posts: 2
Browning Challenger help

I have just acquired a 1971 Browning Challenger with the 4.5" barrel. I'm cleaning the piece but have run into a problem. There is a mounting screw securing the barrel to the frame that must be unscrewed. The barrel should then just slide to the rear and up for removal. My problem is the barrel will not budge. I had a 1962 version of this same pistol (stolen along with my pickup in the 1970's) and removing the barrel was never a problem. I do not have a manual nor can I find a pdf on the internet. I've read that the later versions manuals were different and I have ordered one from Browning. Any suggestions while it soaks in CLP?
Remove Ads
Old 06-11-2012, 05:50 PM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: Jun 2001
Posts: 1,801
Here's a site with exploded views of a number of Browning pistols.
The Challenger isn't specifically shown, but other models used the same design.

From the same site are owner's manuals for some Brownings:


According to my old service manual for the Nomad the barrel is retained by the screw and a unique wedge-lock design.
Remove the screw, hold the slide to the rear while bumping the muzzle on a padded surface, then push it backward and upward to remove.
Allow the slide to ease off the front of the frame, making sure not to lose control of the recoil spring.

Last edited by dfariswheel; 06-11-2012 at 05:58 PM.
Old 06-11-2012, 07:24 PM   #3
Junior Member
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Alabama
Posts: 2
Thanks for response!

Unfortunately, the CII manual does not give any recommendations for stuck barrels. I'm afraid the previous owner never went this far in his cleaning. The pistol was graded at 95% so it probably stayed in its box in a drawer for 41 years. I've given it a pretty good bump without success. Hopefully, the CLP will free it up by tomorrow. The barrel mating design makes for a tight fit!

Update: CLP worked and barrel removed. After a good cleaning I'll replace the short barrel with the long barrel that originally came with my stolen pistol.

Last edited by Grunti39; 06-11-2012 at 07:44 PM. Reason: Status update

  Pistolsmith > Pistol Forum > Browning Pistols

Search tags for this page
browing challenger problems

browning challenger

browning challenger barrel
browning challenger disassembly
browning challenger forum
browning challenger iii manual
browning challenger issues
browning challenger manual
browning challenger pistol
Click on a term to search for related topics.

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Browning BDM Leftyman Browning Pistols 9 05-01-2014 08:34 PM
Colt Challenger help.. ghitch75 Colt Pistols 8 09-04-2013 07:25 PM
how old is my browning? rookiecollector Browning Pistols 2 05-27-2005 11:28 AM
Browning in 40 Titan Browning Pistols 12 03-25-2003 03:56 PM
Browning HP vr BDM jportale Browning Pistols 4 02-19-2003 05:45 AM

Top Gun Sites Top Sites List

Powered by vBulletin 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2021 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright © 1999-2012 Pistolsmith. All rights reserved.