SOLD FOR: $1275
Make: Fegyver és Gépgyár Részvénytársaság (F.E.G.)
Model: Frommer Stop
Serial Number: 199769
Year of Manufacture: 1917
Caliber: 7.65mm (.32 ACP)
Action Type: Long-Recoil Operated, Rotating Locking Bolt Single Action Semi-Auto Pistol with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the frame above the barrel portion is marked “FEGYVERGYÁR- BUDAPEST. FROMMER – PAT. STOP CAL. 7.65m/m (.32)”. The left rear of the frame is marked “199769”. The left trigger guard bow is marked with a WWI proof mark and the year of manufacture.
Barrel Length: 3 7/8”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a short rounded blade on the top of the frame. The rear sight is “V” notch dovetailed into the top rear of the frame.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are serrated wood with “FS” in an oval at the tops of the grips. The grips have light-moderate wear with some nicks and scratches. The serrations are well defined. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore, just a bit of fouling.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 40% of its metal finish. The sides of the barrel and guide rod housing show a light patina and light pitting. The front and backstrap show a light patina. There is faint erosion on the side of the frame. The frame has some scattered light nicks, scuffs, spots of light surface erosion and minor oxidation. The action shows operational wear. The screw head is tool-marked with a strong slot. The pinheads range from unmarred to tool marked, but not peened. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in about Good-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. This pistol has a grip safety but was not designed with a manual safety. 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: The pistol comes with a single 8-round magazine.
Our Assessment: The Frommer Stop pistol was designed by Rudolf Frommer and chambered in 7.65mm or 9mm Frommer, which are hotter versions of the .32 ACP and .380 ACP, respectively. The cartridges had the same dimensions but were loaded just a little more stout. The pistol was first produced in 1912 and was adopted by the Hungarian element of the Austro-Hungarian Army. It had no model number, and the international word ‘Stop’ meant ‘to stop’ the target. During WW1, the Frommer Stop pistols were also sold to Germany, Bulgaria and Turkey. It was eventually given the designation ’19.M’ (Model 19) after it was adopted ‘again’ in 1919 by the new independent Hungarian Army. It subsequently became the official service pistol of the Hungarian army, police, gendarmerie and secret police. This pistol has an interesting design in that it uses two springs located over the barrel, one to control the barrel recoil and the other to control the movement of the bolt. This pistol was made in 1917. It is in about Good-plus overall condition, showing its age but also retaining a great bore and strong mechanics. Although this is still a fairly common pistol in Europe, we don’t see that many in the United States. This fairly rare pistol should be of interest to collectors of Hungarian arms. Please see our photos and good luck!