In 1910 John M. Browning obtained a Belgian patent for an improved version of his earlier Model 1900 semiautomatic pocket pistol. The new pistol, designated Model 1910, featured both magazine and grip safety mechanisms and was striker-fired. The recoil spring encircled the barrel, which gave the muzzle end of the gun a rather streamlined appearance.
It was first produced in 1912 by the Belgian firm of Fabrique Nationale d'Armes de Guerre, but was not exported for sale in the United States until 1954 when it was introduced in cal. .380 ACP only. It is available in Canada in both cals. .32 ACP and .380 ACP.
The Browning cal. .380 pistol weighs 20 ozs. and has a magazine capacity of 6 rounds. It is offered in Standard and Renaissance grades, with the latter featuring a hand-engraved, chrome-plated frame and slide, polyester pearl grips, and gold-plated trigger. The Standard grade pistol is blue-finished and grips are of black plastic.
Remove magazine (30) and check to be sure it is empty. Check action to be sure pistol is unloaded. Replace magazine and pull trigger to release firing pin. Remove magazine.
Pull slide (29) to rear until nose of safety (9) enters front notch of slide. Turn barrel (20) '/S-turn counterclockwise and
3. Sear pin
5. Trigger pin
6. Magazine safety
7. Magazine safety spring
8. Magazine safety pin
10. Safety spring
12. Sear spring
13. Grip safety
14. Magazine latch
15. Grip safety pin
16. Grips (right grip not shown)
17. Grip escutcheon, unthreaded
18. Grip escutcheon, threaded (contained in right grip)
19. Grip screw
21. Recoil spring
22. Slide ring
23. Firing pin
24. Firing pin spring
25. Firing pin spring guide
27. Extractor pin
28. Extractor spring
30. Magazine assembly press safety down to release slide. Draw slide assembly off receiver to front. Remove firing pin (23), firing pin spring (24), and guide (25) from rear of slide.
With slide upside down, turn barrel !/3-turn clockwise until its lugs release from slide. Depress slide ring (22) slightly and rotate it 14-turn counterclockwise until its lugs release from slide. Take care as slide ring is under great pressure from recoil spring (21). Withdraw slide ring, barrel, and recoil spring from slide.
To assemble, rcplace barrel in slide and turn it so its lugs enter corresponding groove in rear of slide. Replace firing pin assembly in rear of slide. Replace slide on receiver and push back until safety nose engages front notch in slide. Turn barrel clockwise, release safety, and allow slide to move forward until nose of safety can be engaged in rear notch in slide. Replace recoil spring around barrel and place slide ring on spring and press spring back into slide. Position slide ring so its lugs enter corresponding slots in face of slide. When slide ring is firmly seated, rotate 14-turn clockwise to lock it in place.
ITo remove slide (29) from receiver (1), pull slide back to position shown. Press nose of safety (9) up into front notch of slide as shown at "A". Turn barrel (20) '/a-turn counterclockwise. Depress safety (9); draw slide off receiver to front
position with nose of safety (9) in forward notch of slide (29). Turn barrel (20) >/3-turn clockwise and allow slide to go forward until nose of safety can be engaged in rear notch in slide as shown at "B". Replace recoil spring (21) on barrel (20). Place slide ring (22) over end of spring and press spring back into slide as shown. When slide ring is firmly seated against face of slide, turn 14-turn clockwise to lock in place ■
Simple and practical explanations of firearms and shooting terms, given as aids to identification and understanding. The definitions are not intended to be technically or legalistically complete
Blowback action—Unlocked action in which only the mass of the breechblock and involved components (springs, etc.) resist the backward thrust of the cartridge. It is usually employed with low-pressure cartridges, and is used in submachine guns, semi-automatic pistols, .22 rimfire semi-automatic rifles and pistols, and a few makes of .22 rimfire single-shot rifles.
Submachine gun (machine pistol; machine carbine)—Compact automatic weapon firing pistol cartridges and designed for one-man use. The typical submachine gun has a simple blowback mechanism, shoulder stock, large-capacity box- or drum-type magazine, and is arranged for either selective full- and semi-automatic fire or full automatic only. Introduced in the latter part of World War I by the Germans for close-range trench warfare, it became universally popular for both military and police use. It became well known in this country between the world wars in a version known as the Tommy gun (named after its designer, Gen. John T. Thompson). During World War II, U. S. soldiers originated the popular term 'burp gun' for submachine guns in general, and the U. S. M3 and M3A1 submachine guns used in World War II and the Korean War were called 'grease' guns.
Punch and base set—For decapping cartridge cases. A blow on the punch drives out the fired primer through a hole in the base. For decapping cartridge cases with crimped-in primers, it is also used by those wishing to minimize equipment cost.
Survival gun—Specially-developed, lightweight, compact, shoulder gun included in emergency equipment of U. S. Air Force planes, and used to kill game for survival in the event of a plane being downed in uninhabited areas. Some are combination rifle-shotgun type, and others are bolt-action rifles. Illustrated is a .22-.410 with short barrels and skeletonized stock.
Was this article helpful?
Deer hunting is an interesting thing that reminds you of those golden old ages of 19th centuries, where a handsome hunk well equipped with all hunting material rides on horse searching for his target animal either for the purpose of displaying his masculine powers or for enticing and wooing his lady love.