Member Featured Firearm: FN 1910

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As promised in last month’s featured gun article,  this is a FN/Browning m1910.  This gun was designed by John Browning during a prolific period of small caliber handgun designs including the FN 1900, the Colt 1908 Pocket Hammerless, and the Colt Vest Pocket. Like it’s older Fabrique National sibling, the FN 1900, it is a striker fired, blowback operated, magazine loaded pistol chambered in 32ACP.   It was also offered in 9mm Kurz (.380).   It features a number of changes from its big brother:  It is smaller. It does not require tools to disassemble and the gun can be switched between the calibers with just a barrel change.   The recoil spring also wraps the barrel which was later used in other guns.

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Size of M1910

Size Comparison of M1900 (top) and M1910 (bottom)

Size Comparison of M1900 (top) and M1910 (bottom)

The 1910 was used in a number of historically interesting assassinations:

  • In 1914, Gavrilo Princip assassinated the Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie with an M1910 chambered in 380.  This lit the fuse on the powder keg that started World War I
  • In 1932, the President of France, Paul Doumer, was assassinated with an M1910.
  • In 1935, The governor of Louisiana, Huey Long (The kingfish), was assassinated with an M1910.

I picked this up at the same gun show that I bought the 1900.  It has been reblued so it’s a shooter rather than a collectable gun.  It is definitely designed for close range shooting since the sights are very small.  Even the best shot I know (and HHAA board member) had a hard time getting it on the paper at 25 yards.  He will attest to significant slide bite and can show you the scars!

Here’s more from Wikipedia about the M1910.

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