Hi, i have a FN browning 1910, 7,65 (32 acp), serial number 167251.
When was it made?
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.
Thank you very much!
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.
Nice catch Berettaman - I missed that one
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.
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
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.
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".
OK, some extra pics! They might give some extra information!
The serialnumber is, as you can see on the pics, 214560
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......
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.
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.
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
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.
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...
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.
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
We can tell you that it was manufactured in May 1925.
Assistant to Robert Sauvage
PR & Communication
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?
I know it is pre 1950. It belonged to my great grandfather
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.
Your FN is very likely from 1933.
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...
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.
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
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.
I changed my estimate of extractor movement down to 2-3mm. Make sure it moves.
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 )