SOLD FOR: $1025
Make: Fabrique Nationale, designed by John Browning
Serial Number: 415302
Year of Manufacture: 1907-1910
Caliber: .32 ACP (7.65mm Browning)
Action Type: Striker-Fired Semi-Auto Pistol with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left of the rear sight assembly, slide and frame have Belgian inspection and proof marks. The left side of the frame is also marked “FABRIQUE-NATIONALE-HERSTAL-LIEGE. (BROWNING’S-PATENT)”. The left side of the frame is also marked with a circled pistol and “FN” logo over “BREVETE-S.G.D.G.”. The safety markings are in French: “SUR” and “FEU “. The right side of the rear sight base, the right side of the slide, and the right side of the frame are all marked “415302”. Each side of the trigger guard has inspection marks. The left side of the barrel has Belgian proof and inspection marks. The left side of the magazine is marked with “FN” logo. The left side of the barrel is marked with four proof marks and an inspection mark.
Barrel Length: 4”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a rounded blade fixed to the top of the slide. The rear sight is a “V” groove in a raised boss on the top of the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered black horn panels that have a “Pistol / FN” logo in an oval at the top of each grip. The left side panel has a crack through the logo that connects to a crack at the front that has some light material loss as well. Both panels have little nicks and scratches. The checkering has light compressions and wear and is generally well. Overall, the grips are in about Fiar condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is somewhat bright with well defined rifling. There is erosion throughout the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 83% of its metal finish. There are scattered nicks, dings, and scratches throughout the metal. There is thinning at all leading edges and finish loss at the front of the slide. There is light frost on the front and back straps. The screw heads are slightly disfigured with usable slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The safety can be used to manually lock the slide back for cleaning. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes with a single 7-round magazine. The magazine has operational wear, scattered erosion with light pitting, and finish loss, in about Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: From Vanderlinden, “The FN Browning Model 1900 was the first practical and reliable automatic and reliable handgun to be adopted by any army. While the Swiss adopted the Luger pistol that same year, the FN Browning Model 1900 was easier to manufacture, and significantly more reliable.” This particular example is from production between 1907 and 1910. The action functions correctly and 83% original finish remains, in about Very Good condition. Please see our photos and good luck!