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Old 12-31-2012, 12:14 AM   #1
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My Dad is in a nursing home and he wanted to get his two firearms out of his now empty house. He has an old Marlin bolt action .22 rifle and a Browning FN .32 cal. My brother took the rifle and I got the FN. Here's some lousy cell phone pictures of it.

FABRIQUE NATIONALE D'ARMES DE GUERRE HERSTAL BELGIQUE
Brownings Patent Depose

Then in front of the trigger guard is FN in a etched box. Also the Browning logo and very tiny is WA140, I believe. It is very tiny and kind of worn.

It is a very old gun, I believe dating back to WWII. My Dad has had it since I was young. All the serial numbers match.

browning.jpg   fn.jpg   gun-logo.jpg  
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Sweet! You have some luck. Go buy a lottery ticket.

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I wish I could tell you something about it...I don't know much. I'm sure somebody does. Is that a Model 1910? Here's a good thread if it is. http://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=202708

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Cool! I have two friends with 1922 Brownings.

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My Dad is in a nursing home and he wanted to get his two firearms out of his now empty house. He has an old Marlin bolt action .22 rifle and a Browning FN .32 cal. My brother took the rifle and I got the FN. Here's some lousy cell phone pictures of it.

FABRIQUE NATIONALE D'ARMES DE GUERRE HERSTAL BELGIQUE
Brownings Patent Depose

Then in front of the trigger guard is FN in a etched box. Also the Browning logo and very tiny is WA140, I believe. It is very tiny and kind of worn.

It is a very old gun, I believe dating back to WWII. My Dad has had it since I was young. All the serial numbers match.
Nice gun Winds...has a family resemblance to the Browning Hi Power. Could be a valuable model, give C3 or Cane a ping to get their opinion.
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Looks larger than a 1910 now that I look again. Is there a swastika anywhere on it?

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Looks larger than a 1910 now that I look again. Is there a swastika anywhere on it?
Could be a 1910/22 variant...has the longer barrel and the thinner look compared to the 1910 base model.
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Looks larger than a 1910 now that I look again. Is there a swastika anywhere on it?
No swastika.
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Here's some info I found on a similar gun:

THE GUN:

The M1922 has the checquered walnut grips, making it a 2nd variation and has a WaA140 stamp. From what I have read, the Wa140 is a 7.65 (32acp), but the magazine in stamped "9m/m"; which would be the .380 acp version
The serial number is out of the range of any list of serial numbers I have seen: 2164xx with no prefix or suffix. Need parts, firing pin snapped off.

THE RESPONSE:

Waffenamt inspector #140 worked at FN from late 1941 to the end of the German occupation. The Germans took over 9mm Browning (.380 ACP) pistols that were in the factory at the time of the occupation, but that caliber was not in their supply system so the guns made for them were all in 7.65 Browning (.32 ACP).

The serial number of that pistol would indicate manufacture in the mid to late 1930's; it would seem strange it was not taken over until late 1941, but in chaotic times, things get overlooked. The magazines of the two calibers seem to interchange as far as working goes, but there are slight differences and I would hesitate to call them interchangeable.

The firing pin is identical to that of the Browning Model 1910 and the Model 1908 Colt .25 ACP, which might help your search for the part. I think Gun Parts was having them reproduced. Breakage is common because they have a long tip that is also the ejector. They can be repaired by drilling out the front end and inserting a piece of drill rod, but that is costly and a last resort.

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This is what the Blue Book of Gun Values has to say:

MODEL 1922 or 10/22FN - 7.65mm (.32 ACP) or .380 ACP cal., modified Model 1910 with 4 1/2 in. barrel, longer grip frame and mag., made for commercial sale as well as military and police contracts. Several hundred thousand made by Nazis during the occupation of Leige, Belgium 1940-44. Mfg. between 1922-83.

100% 98% 95% 90% 80% 70% 60%

$275 $250 $200 $175 $150 $125 $110

Add 150% if .380 ACP Waffenamt proofed.
Add 15% for A prefix serial number/
Add $100 minimum for special contract markings.
The model 10/22 and M1922 are the same pistol. The Model 1910 was modified by FN technicians for sale to Serbian armed forces in 1923. Also sold to France, Holland, Germany, Greece, Turkey, and other countries.

http://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?90104-WTT-Nazi-FN-1910-22-Pics-Added
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It is the 1910-22 variant. They were made until 1983 and were imported here for a while. You have the original grips. They were used by the military and police. A lot of them were refinished. You could swap barrels to 9mm short/380. Value would depend on condition and age.

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