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All of a sudden there are 1910 FN's all over the place for me. Buddy on another board saw a posting of my newest an FN 1922 and offered me a 1900. Here's what he says about it:

I disassembled the whole gun, cleaned it, oiled it and function checked it, but it is too old for my tastes. It cycles and functions beautifully but you can tell it spent most of its life in a holster. There is some pitting on the sides. I have the old ass holster it was in too as well as maybe 5 or 6 rounds that are headstamped FN from the 20's or 30's. I was thinking somewhere around $400ish for the gun.

Here are two pics. Clearly it's been around the block....any opinions about its worth? Should I do the deal?
 

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It would be easy to find a 1900 in that condition or better in that price range. You would find much more difficulty re-creating the deal you enjoyed with the 1922. If you want the 1900 to round out your early FN Browning collection, you can do better on price and condition. The 1900 is one of the first Browning automatic pistol designs ever and is viewed as a little bit clunky, though not quite the tank that is a '34 Beretta in 7,65.

It really depends on what you want out of your collection. If you just want guns you can shoot without degrading the value of an original example, the 1900 shown would be a good cantidate. If you are concerned with the monetary appreciation as well as some gentle use and enjoyment, only those guns with a lot of original finish and not a lot of use and damage would be the ticket.


In the world of Browning .32 Autos, you would do well to hastily obtain a Colt model 1903 Pocket Hammerless. It is not a true hammerless like the 1910/22, but rather an underhammer, you might say.


To build a collection of universally appealing pre-1911 Browning pistols, one must seek out those models chambered in .380 Auto. Making its debut in 1908, in a pistol of the same designation, this caliber is much more potent in terms of self defense. Also in its favor is the fact that although many of the guns originally designed for .32 were later produced in this caliber, the numbers made are a small fraction of the 7,65 counterpart. They will continue to increase in value at a higher percentage.
 
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