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4 years ago #1
bob
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Hi, i have a FN browning 1910, 7,65 (32 acp), serial number 167251.
When was it made?
Approximated value?
Thank you!

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4 years ago #2
KerryL
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Bob,

Dating the old FN pistols isn't a science because their records didn't make it through the wars.

Yours has the Serif font with the lower case "de" on the slide legend. This fits with model 1910's made predominantly between 1925-1929.

Yours appears to be in great shape. For whatever reason, there is not really any collector interest in Browning's Belgium pistols (at least not like his Colt's).

Based on the parts of the gun I can see in your picture, I would estimate the value to be around $250, maybe a little more.

If you are interested in selling, let me know...I may know someone in the market.

Kerry

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4 years ago #3
bob
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Thank you very much!

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4 years ago #4
KerryL
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My pleasure

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4 years ago #5
Berettamen
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Bob,

Kerry is pretty close with his estimate of age but but your pistol has the Perron proof ( looks like this ---<>> ) which indicates a pistol made as late as 1924. I'd guess a 1923-1924 manufacture date on this one. His valuation is pretty close in my opinion, unless you have a holster to go with it.

Dan

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4 years ago #6
KerryL
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Nice catch Berettaman - I missed that one

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4 years ago #7
KerryL
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Bryan, I'll take a look at your Browning question when I get a chance to research it. You really need to take your other questions and ask them 1 gun at a time in the appropriate forum.

Kerry

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4 years ago #8
bryanthacker
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thank you and i have re posted them in other forums. i appreciate any help i can recieve in my post about it it shows pictures. thank you, bryan

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3 years ago #9
per-anders
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Hi, Sweden here!

I use this thread since I have the same question about my FN 1910 7.65 that I got ( for free ) when I purchased some blackpowder rifles

So could anyone, please help me to define the year of production for my FN1910, it's a little rusty on the outside but the barrel seems nice.

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3 years ago #10
KerryL
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You didn't give us a lot to go on here. I believe your gun was likely made between 1925-1929 based on the lack of a perron proof mark and the Serif fonts with lower case "de".

Kerry

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3 years ago #11
per-anders
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OK, some extra pics! They might give some extra information!
The serialnumber is, as you can see on the pics, 214560

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3 years ago #12
KerryL
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If that is an A with a square around it on the right trigger guard, that quality control stamp was used by FN from the early 1930's - 1940. That would date the gun a bit later than I previously estimated. Either way, it looks like a prewar gun. Too bad about the poor storage - looks like it was in great shape before it sat in a barn for 20 years......

Kerry

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3 years ago #13
per-anders
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Thanks for the input so far

The marking on the right side is a square with a number 4 inside.
A few millimeters below the square there is a stamp wich looks like number 2

Anyway, I tried the gun some days ago and it actually performed very well A nice group, despite the bad sights.

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3 years ago #14
Berettamen
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Kerry,

I believe your first guess was correct. I'd have guessed this to be in that 1925-1926 as Vanderlinden's books says sn. 226754 was shipped in April 1926 and 228281 was shipped May 1926.

Dan

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3 years ago #15
per-anders
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Is this the book you're referring to? http://www.fn-browning.com/new_page_1.htm

Would be a perfect gift for me on my birthday in may, even if I have to buy it myself

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3 years ago #16
Berettamen
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Happy Birthday, per-anders. It is a fine gift to yourself.

I too have a French (?) FN 1922 in 7.65mm in the 254000 serial range (has the black enamel finish used mostly by the French) that shoots well.

Dan

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3 years ago #17
per-anders
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Thanks, actually the black or not black finish on the gun was another concern.
I'm planning to leave the gun to a gunsmith who can fix the "chrome" look alike slide to become black. I'm not sure, but I think that the slide was black in the past and when someone tried to get rid of the rouge they polished too much so the slide became "shiny" ?

Or was there any "1910 half chrome, half black edition" ?


OK, then I might buy/order the book...

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3 years ago #18
Berettamen
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FN did have nickel plated pistols but these were rare. The barrel and a few other parts were left blue/blackened if original so if an FN 1910 has a chromed barrel then it is not original.

I see yours to be something else as you say. The original finish was almost always blue.

Get Vanderlinden's book. It is well worth the cover price as it can save you many hard earned krona.

Dan

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3 years ago #19
per-anders
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Hi!

I just got an answer from Herstal Group in Belgium of the manufacting date of my gun.
I e-mailed them in the end of Mars and today I got the answer below! As "guessed" in this thread it was from the year 1925

Dear Sir,

We can tell you that it was manufactured in May 1925.
Best regards,

Anny Hendriks
Assistant to Robert Sauvage
PR & Communication
Herstal Group

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3 years ago #20
alex
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I have a very old browning 1910, but the quality stamp by the trigger guard is an S and it has a non serif DE on the slide. Also instead of the --> it has a sideways S. Could anyone help me with an aproximate year?

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3 years ago #21
alex
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I know it is pre 1950. It belonged to my great grandfather

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3 years ago #22
Berettamen
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alex,

I'd need a serial number to assist with determining the age of your FN. There were many variations and the serial helps assist with the age.

Dan

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3 years ago #23
alex
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its 369362

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3 years ago #24
Berettamen
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Your FN is very likely from 1933.

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3 years ago #25
per-anders
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By the way...
I bought some cold Klever quickbrowning and made a try on my gun myself...

The slide does look better but I have some problem with the gun.

The cartridge cases does not eject properly I think the gun needs a weaker spring or I need to polish the sliding surface of the slide much moore...

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3 years ago #26
Berettamen
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per-anders,

I usually cannot say this but you made an improvement to the value (and eye) with your work. Nicely done. Just don't go crazy with the buffing prior to the application of browning.

Check inside the chamber for rust and/or corrosion and clean it. Use a bronze brush from a 9mm and just twist the brush like winding a clock but only inside the chamber not the bore.

Dan

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3 years ago #27
per-anders
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Thanks!

Both for the tips about the chamber and for the comment on the visual improvment!

I won't do any more to the gun, except to get it work of course, now it looks like a used gun from 1925, which it is

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3 years ago #28
Berettamen
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Yes it is.

I'd also check the extractor (thin piece of metal in the slide with the claw that reaches into the chamber).

Make sure it will move. Reach into the chamber area with your finger tip and pull it outward. Watch for perpendicular (to the bore) movement. It should move perhaps 2-3mm. There should be a claw-like hook tip to grab the shell casing. If missing this tip you'll not get proper functioning either.

Dan

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3 years ago #29
Berettamen
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I changed my estimate of extractor movement down to 2-3mm. Make sure it moves.

Dan

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3 years ago #30
per-anders
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Thanks again for your tips!

I will look into the gun soon...



(For the moment I'm "in to buying" a blackpowder rifle (reproduction). No extra pistol this time just as why I got a FN1910
It's a Spanish rifle M/1757 wich was for example imported to the US in 1778. http://www.veteranarms.com/ReproductionMuzzleloadersandFlintlocks/1757-Spanish-Musket.html )

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