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Old 09-07-2010, 06:45 PM   #1
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Default Can anyone tell me about the Browning FN?

My Dad has one of these and it will eventually be mine. I know it's an old gun. I believe it shoots .32 caliber. Can anyone tell me more about this gun?


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Also, because it is an old gun and was my Grampa's gun before it was my Dad's gun, it's never been registered. It was bought and handed down before it was required to register guns. How would I go about registering this gun under my name when it becomes mine? By the way, my Dad is 81 years old. I believe this gun is more than 50 years old.



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Old 09-08-2010, 12:02 AM   #2
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Not a lawyer, so legal advice from me is worth exactly what you are paying me- but IIRC, Illinois does not have registration of handguns. YOU must have a Firearm Owner's ID Card. Chicago is another matter. Se link: What are the Gun Laws in Illinois?

You already have some good info on the site that the photo was from. Brownings (with the POSSIBLE exceptiion of stuff made under Nazi occupation) have always had great guns. I love mine. FN is shorthand for Fabrique Nationale (National Factory) in Belgium. Your pistol was made in both .32 ACP and .380, but would be marked with the metric equivalent (7.65 or 9mm Kurz)



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You have already found a good link to the pistol in question. The rest I would get from your Dad, the history of the pistol in your family will be worth more than the pistol it self.

Can't help with the legal part, like many here of FTF I flunked the bar exam.

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You have already found a good link to the pistol in question. The rest I would get from your Dad, the history of the pistol in your family will be worth more than the pistol it self.

Can't help with the legal part, like many here of FTF I flunked the bar exam.

Thanks, everyone. My Dad just tells me it was his Dad's before him. I'll have to see if he knows any more detail than that. He's 81 years old and had a stroke about 5-6 years ago so he certainly isn't as sharp as he used to be but he seems to be affected more physically than mentally from his stroke. I'll pursue it further with my Dad.
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Not a lawyer, so legal advice from me is worth exactly what you are paying me- but IIRC, Illinois does not have registration of handguns. YOU must have a Firearm Owner's ID Card. Chicago is another matter. Se link: What are the Gun Laws in Illinois?

You already have some good info on the site that the photo was from. Brownings (with the POSSIBLE exceptiion of stuff made under Nazi occupation) have always had great guns. I love mine. FN is shorthand for Fabrique Nationale (National Factory) in Belgium. Your pistol was made in both .32 ACP and .380, but would be marked with the metric equivalent (7.65 or 9mm Kurz)

I don't live in Chicago and I do have a FOID card. I only own one gun that I bought about 3 weeks ago. I thought each gun had to be registered to the owner under the FOID card number but I don't really know. I just know when I bought my gun they filled out paperwork and I thought it was linking that gun directly to me as the owner. I'm sure I can get more information by looking around on the Illinois DOJ website.
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If the picture is the actual gun, then it is a .380. The magazine (if correct for the gun) is stamped 9mm. That would be 9mm Browning AKA .380 ACP, 9mm Kurz, 9mm Short, 9mm Corto.

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That is not a picture of the actual gun but that is definitely the gun my Dad has. Thanks for the info.



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