Fn Model 1922 Pistol Stamps


Jan 30, 2020  New to the forum, trying to identify a family inherited pistol. I believe it to be an FN1922 model in 7.65. It is gold plated, has an anchor symbol on top of slide, sn is 2xxx. Has what appears to be bakolite grips with FN insignia. Has lanyard loop on bottom left of grip. However, FN never offered packages containing a single pistol with both calibre barrels. Variants FN Model 1922 7.65mm A variant of the Model 1910 was known variously as the Model 1922 or 1910/22. This was a larger model with a longer barrel (113 mm), slide extension, and a longer grip frame to accommodate an extra two rounds. The Fabrique Nationale (FN) Browning Model 1922 pistol bears the distinction of being developed strictly at the request of a FN customer. Specifically, the 'Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes' (later known as Yugoslavia) which had been created out of the ashes of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. In the early 1920's the Yugoslav military was in a.

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FN Model 1922.32acp Pistol Nazi WWII Vintage. GI#: 101487878. WBA140 and Eagle inspection stamps. It has low profile sights. It includes a US military holster and a plethora of papers.Click for more info. Fabrique Nationale D'Armes De Guerre Model 1922 (10/22 FN).

Apr 13, 2009
Western Maine
From its inception prior to the turn of the 20th Century, Fabrique Nationale of Belgium had become a significant supplier of small arms to Serbia. By the eve of the Balkan Wars (1912-1913) and WWI, the most common officer-issued sidearm for the Serbian Army was the Browning FN Model 1910 in 9m/m kurz in (.380 acp).
One pistol in particular - it was the infamous FN M1910 with serial number 19074 which was allegedly used by the Young Bosnian member, Gavrilo Princip, to assassinate Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria in Sarajevo in June 1914. This event is most commonly cited as the tipping point to roll the world into the chasm of The Great War.
Two good reference links:
Of course, the best Fabrique Nationale pistol reference is the book by Anthony Vanderlinden, FN Browning Pistols, Side-Arms that Shaped World History.
Through the two Balkan Wars and WWI, the number of FN sidearms were greatly depleted in Serbia. And in the early 1920's the newly formed conglomerate country of Yugoslavia (Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes) sought to re-outfit its army, but with a more significant pistol in terms of barrel length and capacity. Fabrique Nationale was again chosen to be the producer.
To defer the cost of retooling for a new gun design, the Browning FN M1910 in 9m/m kurz was chosen as the base. As with the original M1910 design, the blowback/striker-fired pistol would employ three safety mechanisms - grip, thumb and released magazine.
The major changes were:
1. The barrel was lengthened from 88mm to 113mm, which required the introduction of an interlocking extension collar to the front of the main slide. This provided for a greater sight radius.
2. The grip frame and magazine were extended to allow for an eight vs. six round capacity.
3. A lanyard ring was also added to the lower left rear frame.
The upgrades were finalized in 1922 and the new pistol design became known as the FN Model 1910/22, also referred to as the FN M1922 or FN1922. In early 1923, Yugoslavia contracted for 60,000 units, with the final orders being filled into the late 1930's.
Wikipedia file photo of FN Model 1910

Yugoslavian Contract FN Model 1922

The relatively simple and reliable design of the M1922 became a great selling tool for Fabrique Nationale. It was offered in 9m/m kurz (9mm short, 9 X 17mm Browning, .380 acp) or in 7.65m/m (7.65 X 17mm Browning, .32 acp). The model began to spread throughout Europe in the 1920's and 1930's, with military, police, private security and commercial contracts going out to Holland, Turkey, Greece, France, Romania, Finland and Denmark. During war-time occupation of Belgium, Germany produced more M1922 pistols than any other model at FN (1940 - 1944). And post-war contracts continued up through the early 1980's to countries such as West Germany and France.
Fabrique Nationale pistols were once again depleted from the Balkan Region during the occupation of Yugoslavia in WWII, with a large percentage of them being pressed into German service. Other country's contract versions of the FN 1922, as well as those produced under Nazi occupation at the FN factory, were already popular with German officers, and the Luftwaffe in particular.
Today's featured pistol is the most commonly seen version of the Yugoslavian Contract FN M1922, and has the Serbian Cyrillic stamp on the right side slide of Војно државни, for Army (or Military) State. Another version is rarely encountered and is stamped as официрски, for Officer's issue (not pictured). The Yugoslavian crest is stamped into the top forward area of the main slide.
Following WWII, a great many FN pistols came to the US with our returning service members. The Yugoslavian Contract pistols were among them. They are not rare in the States, but are less commonly encountered than those FN1922 pistols of other major contract countries.

My example is in pretty decent overall shape at 90-plus % of finish, with light freckling and grip thinning, some minor edge/holster wear, and minor scattered pitting on top of the slide. The signature rust bluing on these FN 1922 pistols is very attractive, and the same specimen can range in appearance from a near royal blue in natural light, to a dark slate gray in artificial or low light.
Interesting to note that the two-line left side slide is stamped with 'FABRIQUE NATIONALE D'ARMES DE GUERRE S.A. HERSTAL BELGIQUE' and 'BROWNING'S PATENT DEPOSE'. All of my later slides from other M1922 contracts are marked similar, but absent of the 'S.A.' (for Société Anonyme or Incorporate Company) which precedes the Herstal Belgique.
The Lion over P.V stamp is the nitro powder proof, and the Star over Y stamp identifies the proof controller, Chesnoy Léon.
Belgian Proof Mark reference: http://damascus-barrels.com/Belgian_All_Proofmarks.html

The Yugoslavian Contract specimen is fitted with the pressed horn grips with the intertwined FN logo. Other contract examples may be found with formed plastic grips, or flat wooden checkered grips (Nazi occupation). My grips show moderate wear, with a few chips and scratches. A single magazine came with the gun, and has the proper oval-FN and 9m/m caliber (.380 acp) stamps.

Matching numbers are found on the right frame, slide and slide extension collar. Another serial is stamped on the underside of the main slide. Disassembly is required to view the matching barrel number.
The 9m/m caliber and Belgian nitro and black powder proof stamps can be viewed on the barrel through the slide ejection port. Crowns over K and B inspection marks are found on the left front trigger guard, with C/K appearing again on the underside of the slide. An A/S (inspector?) stamp appears on the right trigger guard
And perhaps a returning GI or subsequent U.S. owner, McNeil, scratched his name on the right side trigger.

The holster appears as the post-war Belgian Police style for the FN M1922. Imprints on the inside leather from the pistol backstrap and lanyard ring suggest the two items have been together for a while. It is difficult to read the ink stamp for the maker and date on the inside body - 1957? 67? 87?

In conclusion, the FN Model 1922 became one of the most prolifically distributed military, police and security pistol models of its time. Its inter-war and war-time popularity were reflections of its simple operation, maintenance, and reliable design. As a bonus, it is one fine looking piece.
The model is gaining recognition and popularity among today's collectors, but it is still one of the most attainable and affordable items on the historic pistol market. Anyone with an interest in twentieth century European sidearms should consider an FN M1922 as an important slot to fill in the collection.
And as always, thanks for looking and listening.
-Matt Martin

Fn 1922 For Sale

FN Model 1910
FN Model 1910
TypeSemi-automatic pistol
Place of originBelgium
Production history
DesignerJohn Browning
ManufacturerFabrique Nationale (FN)
VariantsSee Variants
  • Model 1910: c. 590 g
  • Model 1922: c. 700 g (unloaded)
Feed system
  • Model 1910: 6-round (.380) or 7-round (.32) detachable box magazine
  • Model 1922: 8-round (.380) or 9-round (.32) detachable box magazine
SightsNotch and post iron sights

The FN Model 1910 is a blowback-operated, semi-automatic pistol designed by John Browning and manufactured by Fabrique Nationale of Belgium.

Fn Model 1922 Pistol Stamps


FN Model 1910 of the Gendarmerie of Vaud, on display at Morges castle museum

Fn Model 1922 Pistol Stamps For Sale

Browning M 1910 disassembled

The FN Model 1910, also known as the Browning model 1910, was a departure for Browning. Before, his designs were produced by both FN in Europe and Colt Firearms in the United States. Since Colt did not want to produce it, Browning chose to patent and produce this design in Europe only. Introduced in 1910, this pistol used a novel operating spring location surrounding the barrel. This location became the standard in such future weapons as the Walther PPK and Russian Makarov.

It incorporated the standard Browning striker-firing mechanism and a grip safety along with a magazine safety and an external safety lever (known as the 'triple safety') in a compact package. Offered in both .380 ACP (6-round magazine) and .32 ACP (7-round magazine) calibres, it remained in production until 1983. It is possible to switch calibres by changing only the barrel. However, FN never offered packages containing a single pistol with both calibre barrels.


FN Model 1922 7.65mm

A variant of the Model 1910 was known variously as the Model 1922 or 1910/22. This was a larger model with a longer barrel (113 mm), slide extension, and a longer grip frame to accommodate an extra two rounds. This model was aimed at military and police contracts and many examples were produced for various agencies. The FN Model 1910 was initially designed for the Kingdom of Serbia. In 1913, a purchase order for 235, Model 1910 semi automatic pistols was made by the Serbian National Army. The purchase was made for the 1st and 2nd Timok infantry divisions of the first army.

Drawing app for mac free download. 1910/1922 pistols went on to see extensive service in World War Two, and continued to be manufactured by the Germans after their occupation of Belgium and seizure of the FN factory. These examples carry Nazi production stamps, and most have simple chequered wood grips instead of the earlier horn or plastic grips bearing the FN logo.

The FN Model 1922 was also used by the following countries: Yugoslavia (60,000 Automatski pistolj (Brauning) 9mm M.22 between 1923 and 1930),[1] The Netherlands, Greece, Turkey, Romania, France, Finland, Denmark, and West Germany in the post war period. While the Model 1910 was widely sold on both civilian and military markets, the Model 1922 was considered specifically a military and police pistol, with FN offering it to individual civilians only by special order.

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In 1955, the Browning Arms Company introduced the Model 1910 pistol for the American market as the Model 1955. Made in Belgium, this model was virtually identical to the European model except for the markings and grips. Importation ceased in 1968 due to the passage of stricter gun-control laws in the U.S.

Another version, the Model 1971, featured a longer barrel and slide (similar in length to the Model 1922, but with a one-piece slide), adjustable sights, a finger-rest magazine, and enlarged 'target' grips. These features were intended to comply with the Gun Control Act of 1968 which had halted import of the Model 1955.

The Hamada Type or Hamada Type Automatic handgun (浜田式 Hamada shiki?) was a semi-automatic pistol developed in 1941 for use by the Empire of Japan during World War II. Developed by Bunji Hamada, the pistol took its basic design from the Model 1910 Browning. Production occurred at the Japanese Firearms Manufacturing Company, with only minor changes made as the war progressed.


Gavrillo Princip's FN M1910, used to assassinate Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria in Sarajevo

An FN M1910, serial number 19074, chambered in .380 ACP[2] was the handgun used by Gavrilo Princip to assassinate Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria in Sarajevo on 28 June 1914, the act that precipitated the First World War.[3] Numerous previous sources erroneously cited the FN Model 1900 in .32 calibre as being the weapon Princip used.[4] This has led to confusion over the calibre of the pistol actually used.

Paul Doumer, President of France, was assassinated by Russian emigre Paul Gorguloff on 6 May 1932 with a Model 1910.[5] The pistol is now in the Musée des Collections Historiques de la Préfecture de Police.[6] A Model 1910 was also used to assassinate Huey Long, governor of Louisiana, on 5 September 1935.[7] During the world wars, the FN 1910 was used by the militaries of Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Finland, Japan (private orders for Japanese officers), and by Peru and Venezuela postwar.


  1. ^Scarlata, Paul (1 October 2017). 'Yugoslav Part II: World War II small arms: an assortment of small arms from friends and foe alike'. Firearms News.
  2. ^Belfield, Richard (2011). A Brief History of Hitmen and Assassinations. Constable & Robinson, Ltd. p. 241.
  3. ^Kate Connolly (2004-06-22). 'Found: the gun that shook the world'. The Daily Telegraph.
  4. ^Kinard, Jeff (2004). Pistols: An Illustrated History of Their Impact. ABC-CLIO. pp. 215. ISBN1851094709.
  5. ^Chibli Mallat (6 December 2014). Philosophy of Nonviolence: Revolution, Constitutionalism, and Justice beyond the Middle East. Oxford University Press. p. 325. ISBN978-0-19-939421-0.
  6. ^Le Musée de la Préfecture de Police (The webpage photo of the pistol misidentifies it as a revolver.)
  7. ^http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/12410


  • Vojta, Jira T. in AutoMag, Volume XXXII, Issue 10, January 2000, pp. 231–233.
  • Henrotin, Gerard - FN Browning pistols 1910 & 1922 - HLebooks.com, 2006.

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