Sold For: $1,225.00
Make: Fabrique Nationale, designed by John Browning
Serial Number: 250858
Year of Manufacture: 1903-1907
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 slide 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 “250858”. 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 barrel is marked with four proof marks and an inspection mark. The left trigger guard bow is marked “M” in a square. The right trigger guard bow is marked “W” and “J” in a circle.
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 hard rubber panels that have a “FN” logo in an oval at the top of each grip. The left panel is relieved for the frame mounted lanyard ring. Both panels have turned a brownish color from age. There are some minor nicks and scratches along the smooth borders. The checkering is generally sharp. Overall, the grips are in about Very Good-Plus condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is slightly bright with well defined rifling. There is light erosion and fouling throughout the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 85% of its metal finish. There are some tony nicks and scratches throughout the metal. There is light thinning at the leading edges. There is light erosion and pitting on the front leading edge of the slide and frame on the left side. There is faint oxidation 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.
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 85% original finish remains, in about Very Good condition. Please see our photos and good luck!