Object Title

Centrefire self-loading pistol - FN Browning Model 1910

Centrefire self-loading pistol - FN Browning Model 1910

Date

about 1912

Object Number

PR.8687

Provenance

Former Pattern Room Collection.

Physical Description

Blued. Squeeze safety on back strap. Chequered grips of plastic. Ejection port on right side. Notch and blade type sights. Textured strip on top of slide. Magazine catch located on underside of grip. Exposed extractor. The grips are chequered bearing the FN monogram. This is a straight blowback striker fired pistol. The mainspring is housed around the barrel.

Techniques

Mass manufacture

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength3.35in.
BarrelLength85mm
OverallLength6in.
OverallLength153mm
OverallWeight0.58kg
OverallWeight1.45lb

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 19590

Calibre

9 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Proof Mark
* over E
Left side of frame
Stamped
Serial number
19590
right side of frame
stamped
Manufacturer's mark
FABRIQUE NATIONALE D' ARMS de GUERRE HERSTAL-BELGIQUE. over BROWNING' S-PATENT DEPOSE
Left side of slide
Stamped
Monogram
FN
Grips
In relief
View mark
Liege Perron (View stamp and inspectors mark for parabellum pistols).
Barrel and left side of frame and slide.
Stamped
Proof Mark
Lion over PV (Nitro proof for rifled barrel and parabellum pistols)
Left side of slide and barrel.
Stamped
Controller's Mark
V in a circle.
Right side of trigger guard
Stamped

Associations

Notes

Small in size, this pistol was easily concealed. This is the same model of pistols used in the assasination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914, by Gavrilo Princip. The serial number, 19590, makes this the 516th pistol produced after the murder weapon. Produced for civilian sale in both .32 and .380 ACP calibres, the more powerful .380 also saw use with the Belgian military.