One of a series
The Browning Hi-Power pistol Is one of the best military automatics yet designed. It is rugged, reliable, and has a magazine capacity of 13 rounds. It was the last pistol designed by John Browning and embodies many improvements over the .45 Model 1911 automatic. Brownings were made before and during World War II by Fabrique Nationale in Belgium. During World War II they were also manufactured in Canada for the Chinese and later for the British, Canadian, and Greek armed forces.
Browning Hi-Power magazines are the largest of the common pistol magazines. They can be easily identified by the fact that they are much wider than the normal 9 mm. magazine and also by the large detachable floorplate.
The followers of the Browning magazines are usually large white metal castings. The magazine feed lips are very strong, since they are stiffened by the long crease in either side of the magazine.—E. J. HOFFSCHMIDT
The knurled plug in the base of the grip is a combination hammer spring guide and screwdriver
The so-called small version of the Browning HiPower Model 1935 has come to be almost a legend among automatic pistol collcctors.
Story has it that the gun was manufactured for the French by Fabrique Nationale of Belgium, and that it is a small scale version of the 1935 HP. But that is where the story ended. Or at least it ended that way until an original test model, serial #7, turned up on this side of the Atlantic.
The pistol pictured here was 'liberated' from the Fabrique Nationale company museum by either German or Allied troops. Ten years later, it turned up in a Washington, D. C., gun shop where it was purchased for a nominal sum by a pistol collector.
A letter to Fabrique Nationale via their American representative, the Browning Arms Co., brought a prompt informative reply:
"This model was actually never man-
The hammer and $ ear mechanism on the Browning Model 1936 is one unit ufactured. There were a few made in 1936 for French government trials. The exact quantity is not known. It was designed for the French 7.65 long automatic cartridge (page 28 of Center-fire Metric Revolver Cartridges by White and Munhall) which, being considerably more powerful than the regular .32 caliber automatic pistol cartridge, required a locking system.
"FN presented its models at the Frcnch trials through FN's subsidiary at that time which was known as the Manufacture d'Armes de Paris and explains the marking on the right-hand side of the pistol.
"The tests were held at Versailles and Chalon; and according to FN, they clearly emerged the victor in the competition. In any ease, the pistol gave good results; however, the French considered it too complicated. They then proceeded to make their own pistol at St. Etienne which in some respects was a copy of the FN model and which was never very successful as made by the French.
"The changes made on the mechanism with respect to the present 9 mm. HP model were partly made to satisfy Frcnch specifications (caliber, single row magazine, front sight, and angle of grip), and partly for simplification and economy (recoil spring guide, ejector mounting, hammer and sear) and partly as necessary adaptation to the different caliber."
While the 1936 model may look, operate, and field strip like the 1935 HP. the resemblance is only skin deep, for it has many unique and original
By E. J. Hoffschmidt
This Browning handgun was never manufactured. Only a few were made, in French 7.65 long automatic, in 1936 for French government trials
Browning Model 1936
features. Probably the greatest point of difference between the 1935 HP and the 1936 is in the hammer and sear mechanism. This new mechanism is a removable assembly, similar to the Swiss Ncuhausen SP47/8 or the Russian Tokarev. It is held in the frame by a large-headed pin and the safety catch. A cartridge case is the only tool neccssary to remove the large-headed pin. When the pin is pried out, it frees the safetv catch so that it can be removed. Then the entire sear mechanism can be lifted out of the frame. This is truly a simple, rugged and compact sear mechanism assembly. It contains the magazine disconnector that prevents the gun from being fired when the magazine is out of the gun. It contains the firing disconnector that prevents the gun from firing before it is fully locked or from shooting full automatic, and also contains the hammer and sear—all in one block and all in relative operating positions ready to be repaired or adjusted.
Another interesting feature is the inclusion of a small screwdriver in the butt. The large knurled plug doubles as a hammer spring guide and a screwdriver. This screwdriver is just the right size to fit the screw slot in the magazine catch. The only rub is that you must have a screwdriver to begin with to remove the walnut grips and get at the pin that retains the screwdriver.
Shooting this pistol is a distinct pleasure. The cartridge is not too powerful and the excellent grip shape gives the pistol a feel that is second to none. It weights 28 ounces empty, is S-Vs inches long, and has a magazine capacity of eight rounds, so when we compare this information with the information on the 1935 HP, we see that the so-called 'small model', although thinner and lighter, is actually Vs of an inch longer. Q Q -0
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
Needle gun—Rifle, pistol, revolver, or shotgun, usually of breech-loading type, with a needle-like firing pin and adapted to self-contained paper-case cartridges. Invented in 1829 by the German, Johann Nikolaus von Dreyse, a rifle version of this gun was adopted by Prussia in 1841. There was also a number of other European military rifles of needle-gun type (French Chassepot, Italian Carcano, etc.). In the Prussian needle gun shown, the firing needle penetrates the powder charge and detonates the primer in the base of the bullet. Needle guns became obsolete in the 1870's with the general adoption of successful metallic cartridges.
Bullet cannelures—Grooves encircling a bullet. One type of cannelure, especially on' lead bullets, is for holding lubricant. Other types are a crimping cannelure into which the cartridge case is crimped, a locking cannelure for locking the bullet jacket to the core and helping control expansion, an expansion cannelure to facilitate expansion of an open-point jacketed bullet, and an identification cannelure which identifies the weight of the bullet. The lead bullet illustrated has a crimping cannelure (arrow) and 2 lubricant cannelures.
Rolling-block action—Single-shot action with breechblock and hammer pivoted to the receiver. The parts are arranged so the hammer, as it pivots toward the front, locks the breechblock. There are several variants of this action, but the best known is that patented in the U. S. by Leonard M. Geiger in 1863, and improved by Joseph Rider, a Remington employee. The Remington rolling-block action, also called the Remington-Rider action, was popular for many years, and was used in Remington single-shot rifles, shotguns, and pistols. Military rifles with this action were adopted by foreign nations, and copies of this action were produced in Sweden, Denmark, and Spain.
High-pressure test cartridge (proof load)—Cartridge which gives higher than normal pressure, and used for proof firing of small arms. It is specially marked or has other means of identification such as a tinned case or a different bullet. An example is the cal. .30 U. S. Carbine high-pressure test cartridge illustrated, which has a longer and differently-shaped bullet than that of the ball cartridge. High-pressure test cartridges are properly used only when the gun is covered by a protective hood and fired remotely. A common nickname for this type of cartridge is 'blue-pill*.
Browning Nomad Semi-Automatic Pistol
By THOMAS E. WESSEL
1 Remove magazine (37) and coin-slotted barrel mounting screw (16) located under barrel (1) on front of frame (18). Pull slide (9) rearward and tap muzzle on a padded surface, while retaining slide in rearward position. Push barrel rearward and slightly upward to separate it from frame. Allow slide to move slowly forward and off front of frame, being careful not to lose control of recoil spring (26)
The Belgian-made Browning Nomad semi-automatic pistol chambered for the .22 long rifle cartridge (standard or high velocity) was introduced in 1962. It is blowback operated and the concealed hammer is of pivoted type.
The frame is lightweight alloy; other parts are steel. The black plastic grip is of one-piece construction and side panels are sharply checkered. The detachable magazine holds 10 rounds. The rear sight is fully adjustable.
The barrel is secured to the frame by a single screw and unique wedge lock arrangement. The standard barrel length is 4Vi"> but 63A " barrel is also available. This pistol does not have an automatic slide stop or magazine disconnector.
The Browning Nomad is essentially a sports pistol for the camper, or for informal target shooting. It weighs 26 ozs. with 41/2// barrel; length over-all is 8%".
2 Remove firing pin (14) by inserting a small drift into hole on top of slide and drifting out firing pin retaining pin (15). Firing pin and firing pin spring (13) may be removed from rear of slide. Perform this disassembly only when necessary. When replacing firing pin retaining pin, it is necessary to peen over the rim of the pin hole to keep the pin in place
3 Remove grip screw (33) and grip (30). Depress hammer (43) with thumb until upper collar on mainspring plunger (40) is no longer visible through access hole in side of frame. Insert a long, Vib" diameter steel brad in this hole to retain mainsprings (38 and 39) fully compressed. Hammer will now move loosely
4 Using tweezers, pluck out disconnector spring (23) from right side of frame and lift away disconnector (22). Drift out trigger pin (20, arrow) and remove trigger (21)
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