Cal. .25 A UTO PISTOL
The original cal. .25 ACP (6.35 mm. Browning) pocket pistol, invented by John M. Browning in 1905, was patented that same year in Belgium. Initial production in 1905 was by the Belgian arms firm, Fabrique Nationale d'Armes de Guerre. The U. S. patent covering this hammerless, blowback operated, semi-automatic pistol was granted to Browning on Jan. 25, 1910 (No. 947,478). Production of this pistol in the United States was begun in 1908 by Colt's Patent Fire Arms Mfg. Co., under licensing arrangement with the inventor. Over a million of these Vest pocket' pistols have been produced by the FN firm, and Colt's produced approximately 500,000 before discontinuing this model in 1946.
In 1954, the Browning Arms Co. of St. Louis, Mo., introduced a redesigned model of this pistol made in Belgium by the FN firm. It features a magazine disconnector, mechanical safety, and cocking indicator, and weighs only 10 ozs. in the standard model. Magazine capacity is 6 shots. A lightweight version weighing 13A ozs. is available.
The Browning cal. .25 ACP pistol is offered in Standard and Renaissance grades, 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. The lightweight model is chrome-plated and has pearl grips.
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