F & n 1910

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  1. 4GLOCKER

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    A friend of mine has a F & N 1910 Browning. It was his father-in-law's pistol and he doesn't know any thing about firearms. It's a .32 Auto with serial #402948.

    Can any one guess when it was mfg.?

    They were made from 1910 through the 1980's.
     
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    you have to post some pictures for us, any unique marking can help
     

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    I don't have the pistol and did not take any pictures.
     
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    Should look something like this;

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    I'd guess around 1960, but not exactly sure.
     
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    Thanks Berto, it does look like that.
     
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    A number of known Japanese purchased Officers pistols purchased prior to 1940 and with serial numbers falling between 449525 and 493147 shows your handgun to have been made prior to 1940 and after the 1st world war.
    Educated speculation would place the production of this pistol somewhere between 1930 and 1935.

    Most of the actual serial number records from FN were destroyed during World War Two so speculation based on acquisition is the only way to determine actual production estimated dating.

    .32 acp was always the more popular caliber in the 1910 series pistol except in the U.S. market.

    An agreement between Colt and FN prevented FN made firearms from being commercially imported into the USA and Colt made weapons from being commercially imported into the European market and this agreement continued into the 1950s so your gun was likely either purchased by an individual in Europe prior to the second world war or was acquired by a servicemember during the second world war and then brought back into the states.
    Very few 1910 pistols were ever imported as surplus prior to 1968 and postwar commercial sales of this model concentrated on the .380 caliber version for the American market. HTH
     
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    Great info, I'll pass it along to the owner.