Member Featured Firearm: fn 1905


Note:  This is a continuing series of posts highlighting some of the guns that HHAA members have in their collections.   Members, please see the newsletter for information about how to contact the webmaster and have your gun featured here.

The parade of early John Moses Browning pistols continues.  Today’s featured firearm is the Fabrique Nationale (FN) model 1905.  Named because of the patent date, this gun was sold by FN from 1906 until 1959.  The Colt Vest Pocket, which is virtually identical, came out 2 years later in 1908.  While John Browning sold gun designs to both FN and Colt, the 1905/1908 was the only design that was produced by both companies.  The gun was popularly known at the time as the “Baby Browning”, but it is a totally different gun from the “Baby Browning” designed by Dieudonné Saive for FN (although it is said that Saive based his design on the 1905).

This small striker fired, blowback pistol is chambered in the underwhelming 25acp (6.35×16mmSR) and is meant to be easily concealed in a gentleman’s “vest pocket”.  The removable magazine holds six rounds.


The gun features 3 safeties:  A manual safety, a grip safety and a magazine safety.


Above, is the gun field stripped. In the upper left hand corner, you can see the three parts of the striker.   The frame is in the upper right hand corner and the slide in the lower right.  In the center are the recoil spring, guide rod and the 2 inch barrel.  Finally, the 6 round magazine is in the lower left.

Very concealable but definitely more of a belly gun since the sights are minuscule.


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