Identifying Old Pistol

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  1. JB1500

    JB1500 New Member

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    I found an old, engraved semi-automatic pistol in my father's possessions after he past away. It has "Fabrique Nationale D'Armes de Cuerre S. A. Herstal Belgique" and "Browning's Patent Depose" on one side and the number "422201" on the other side. Photos are available at http://www.ncmotorcyclists.com/ncmotorcyclists/misc.htm.

    I would appreciate any information that you might have on this firearm, particularly, its history, date(s) of manufacture, value, etc. To the best of my knowledge, my dad brought this back from WWII.

    Thanks for your help.
  2. 22WRF

    22WRF Well-Known Member

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    Appears to be a FN Browning Model 1910 Pocket
    Either 32 ACP (7 Shot) or .380 Browning (6 Shot)
    Mfg 1910-83
    The Pearl Grips and engraving are not standard
    Value ???? < $300
  3. LIKTOSHOOT

    LIKTOSHOOT Advanced Senior Member

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    While I have been wrong before and will be some time in the future---again-lol
    What you have appears to be a 1971 Type Browning 380 Renaissance Model.

    Renaissance models were nickel-plated, engraved and had Nacrolac pearl grips, worth over a grand.....but the condition hurts this one.

    It also could be the Type 1955, but barrel length is the decieding factor.
    The 1971 had a 4 1/2" barrel. Just a little over seven inches overall.


    LTS
  4. 22WRF

    22WRF Well-Known Member

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    I couldn't come up with 1910 being factory Nickel and engraved and pearl grips.
    But the WWII bring back?
    Maybe it was a presentation piece.
    FN Manf. 701,266 so Ser# 422201 is quite low and would probably put it around the WWII era
  5. JB1500

    JB1500 New Member

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    Thanks to everyone for their help. I am going to take it to a gunsmith to determine if it is safe to use.

    If I every decide to sell it or another firearm, are there any recommendations from the group as to how to go about it? Is this something best done locally or nationally?
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