I got a new (to me) pistol today

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by winds-of-change, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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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.
     

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  2. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Sweet! You have some luck. Go buy a lottery ticket.
     

  3. Sonic82

    Sonic82 New Member

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  4. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    Cool! I have two friends with 1922 Brownings.
     
  5. Jpyle

    Jpyle New Member

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    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.
     
  6. Sonic82

    Sonic82 New Member

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    Looks larger than a 1910 now that I look again. Is there a swastika anywhere on it?
     
  7. Jpyle

    Jpyle New Member

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    Could be a 1910/22 variant...has the longer barrel and the thinner look compared to the 1910 base model.
     
  8. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    No swastika.
     
  9. Sonic82

    Sonic82 New Member

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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.

    Some other info:

    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.

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbvKOhWdcZA[/ame]
    http://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?90104-WTT-Nazi-FN-1910-22-Pics-Added
     
  10. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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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.
    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTN_N4LBsTs[/ame]
     
  11. Tackleberry1

    Tackleberry1 New Member

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    Very Nice Winds...good for you!

    Tack
     
  12. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    That's a sweet pistol Winds. It is the 1922 variant and it looks to be in very nice shape. Clean and lube it and then go shoot it. It's a nice slender pistol and is perfect for pocket carry. The .32 was carried for many years and it did the job. However, as always with such a small caliber, shot placement is the key. The FN Brownings were very well made and it should be quite a smooth action.
     
  13. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Hopefully more helpful pictures of my Browning FN. Let me know if you need better pictures or more pictures.
     

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  14. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Nice Find!

    I think the little nazi eagles add to the value.
     
  15. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    My Dad gave me this pistol. My brother got an old Marlin bolt action .22. I had NO IDEA that was a Nazi symbol. I'm falling in love with this pistol.


    Can anyone tell me the Model number and maybe a monetary value? Though this pistol is never leaving my ownership except for when I pass it on to my son.
     
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    orangello New Member

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  17. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I'll go out on a limb here and say it probably wasn't carried by anyone in Napoleon or Alexander the great's armies...

    Almost assuredly Nazi.
     
  19. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    That has been decided. I posted pictures previously of close ups of the markings on the gun. It has Nazi markings on it. I didn't realize that's what they were.