By E. J. HofFschmidt
In the early and mid-1900's, the Mauser firm was arming many countries with Model 1898 rifles. In Herstal, Belgium. Fabrique Nationale d'Armes de Guerre was doing the same with Browning pistols. John Browning's reputation for designing reliable and compact pistols needs no further mention here: it is sufficient to say that FN found the market for Browning pocket pistols so great that they had produced over a million by the middle of 1912.
The compact little Model 1910 was very popular with police forces and was carried far and wide throughout Europe and South America. When the need for a larger military-type pistol arose, the Model 1910 was revised. The barrel was lengthened, as was the grip. The new gun is commonly called the Model 1922. Like its predecessor it was available in cals. 7.65 mm. (.32 ACP) and 9 mm. Browning Short (.380 ACP). The cal. .32 gun has a magazine ca-
1. Slide extension
2. Slide extension spring
3. Slide extension catch
7. Extractor spring
8. Rear sight
9. Firing pin
10. Firing pin spring
11. Spring follower
12. Right grip
13. Grip safety
14. Magazine catch
16. Magazine safety
17. Magazine safety spring
19. Magazine safety pin
20. Trigger bar
22. Recoil spring
25. Trigger pin
26. Scar pin
27. Safety catch
28. Safety catch spring
29. Grip safety hinge pin
31. Left grip
32. Grip screw
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pacity of 9 rounds and was issued to French. Belgian, Dutch, > and Danish officers before World War II. The cal. .380 gun. with 8-round magazine capacity. was even more popular. It was issued to police and army officers in Poland. Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Holland, Sweden, France, and Belgium, and was widely used in Central and South America.
The Model 1922 is a simple and reliable gun. While not a true military
small serrated slide extension catch (3) forward, until it is clear of slide. Rotate extension about Va turn as shown, until it snaps free of slide arm by American standards, its fine grip and good balance make it an excellent choice for offense or defense. It has a straight blowback action, and the takedown procedure is simple—the gun can be stripped in a matter of seconds. Aside from the difference in calibers and national crests or markings, there are 2 variations: the pre-war gun with fine finish, and the crude revised gun made under German occupation. The Germans apparently liked the Model 1922 and issued all that FN produced.
As the war progressed, the Germans simplified the gun to save materials and machine time. They eliminated the magazine safety and simplified some internal parts. The hard rubber grips with the FN trademark were replaced by crude wooden grips. The trigger was simplified by eliminating the comfortable trigger shoe effect found on prewar guns. The lanyard loop was dropped and the fine finish and polish eliminated. It is interesting to note that while putting their Ordnance proofmarks on the guns, the Germans allowed the FN firm to mark the pistols with their trade name and not the 'ch' code that had been assigned to FN.
O Pull back slide (4) until safety catch (27) can be engaged in forward notch. Rotating barrel (21) as shown will free it from recesses in frame. Now release safety catch and pull slide and barrel off front of frame
by removing the grips and pushing out grip safety hinge pin (29). When replacing mainspring (15), be sure tail is engaged in corresponding notch in magazine catch (14) as shown
3 To remove safety catch (27), push up as far as it will go and it will snap out. To replace safety, push it in as far as it will go, then snap it down to fire position. Be sure sear (18) is pivoted clear before pushing safety all the way in
5 When reassembling gun, .insert barrel into slide until barrel lugs line up with cut in slide. Then rotate barrel as far as it can go. It is now in position to allow slide to be assembled to frame ■
By 1910 John Browning had designed numerous automatic pistols, and the Model 1910 shows the results of this experience. The gun is simple, compact, and extremely well made. It was widely used as a police and service weapon in several countries, including Peru and Japan. While it was manufactured in both cals. .32 ACP and .380 ACP, the former caliber is by far the most common. While the Model 1910 incorporates none of the more modern features such as double-action trigger pull, it is nevertheless a very fine pocket pistol.
Model 1910 magazines are generally well made and can usually be recognized by the (Fabrique Nationale) trademark on the side. They can easily be confused with Browning Model 1922 magazines since the 2 are identical except for length. The Model 1910 is the shorter by about W.
While the flat, stamped followers sometimes show a tendency to cock, the rest of the magazine is very well made and gives reliable service.—E. J. H0FFSCHM1DT
One of a series
Browning Model 1910
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