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I'm new and unsure where this should be posted. This was my best guess.

I'm trying to identify a friend's semi-auto handgun. It was passed down from his deceased father years ago. It appears to be a 9mm, FN with markings as follows:
FABRIQUE NATIONALE D´ARMES DE GUERRE HERSTAL BELGIQUE
BROWNING'S PATENT DEPOSE
S/N 99831a
Stamp (H) W8A140, Eagle over Swastika


I'd also like to find out how to break it down for a thorough cleaning.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

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It's an FN Model 1922. The 1922 is essentially a lengthened Model 1910. Your pistol was made at the FN plant in Belgium during the Nazi occupation of that country.
 

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It's not a 9mm, it might be a .380 and it's a model 1922.
 

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If it's chambered in .380 ACP it's not really incorrect to call it a 9mm, as .380 ACP is 9x17mm. It's just that 9mm in this day and age means 9x19mm.
 

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9mm and 9mm Kurz are not the same thing.


Also known as 380 Auto, 9mm Browning, 9mm Corto, 9mm Kurz, 9mm Short, and 9×17mm.
 
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well i guess my 2006 book 16th edition standard catalog of firearms price & reference guide is wrong.
Looks like it.
 

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Technically, no, it is not incorrect. If anything, it is incomplete, but .380 ACP is 9mm.
Yep, the 9mm short is a 9mm.

The .40S&W is 10mm short, or weak and puny.

The .38spl is a .357mag weak and puny.

And a play on words is a play on words. :biggrin:
 

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I'm new and unsure where this should be posted. This was my best guess.

I'm trying to identify a friend's semi-auto handgun. It was passed down from his deceased father years ago. It appears to be a 9mm, FN with markings as follows:
FABRIQUE NATIONALE D´ARMES DE GUERRE HERSTAL BELGIQUE
BROWNING'S PATENT DEPOSE
S/N 99831a
Stamp (H) W8A140, Eagle over Swastika


I'd also like to find out how to break it down for a thorough cleaning.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
In any event, I hope AZ finds this information, informative! :)

Oh, and by the way, Welcome to the forum! We may bicker a bit but at the end of the day we are family! :th_143:
 

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Followup on that FN 1922

In any event, I hope AZ finds this information, informative! :)

Oh, and by the way, Welcome to the forum! We may bicker a bit but at the end of the day we are family! :th_143:

Thanks everyone, at least I know it is for sure an FN 1922 model.

The serial number and stamping seem to indicate that it was a late war production model. Is there anywhere online where I can get the break down procedure for the FN 1922?
A place to zero in on the actual production date, and a way to determine the exact bullet suited for the gun?

Thanks again...
 

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a way to determine the exact bullet suited for the gun?
It should be marked on the pistol, it's either a .32 (7.65), or .380 (9mm kurz).
 
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