Browning Model Pistol

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-

Parts Legend

1. Slide extension

2. Slide extension spring

3. Slide extension catch

4. Slide

5. Extractor pin

6. Extractor

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

15. Mainspring

16. Magazine safety

17. Magazine safety spring

18. Sear

19. Magazine safety pin

20. Trigger bar

21. Barrel

22. Recoil spring

23. Frame

24. Trigger

25. Trigger pin

26. Scar pin

27. Safety catch

28. Safety catch spring

29. Grip safety hinge pin

30. Magazine

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

1922 Model Manuel

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.

1910 Pistol

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

Bernardelli Grip

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

Pistola BrowningHow Strip Down 1910 Pistol

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 ■

Browning Cut Down BarrelBrowning Cut Down Barrel1910 Browning 380 MagazineMagazin For Browning M1922

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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