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*RARE PRESENTATION CASED FN/BROWNING MODEL 1900 SEMI-AUTO PISTOL. SN 522408. Cal. 7.65mm (32 ACP) Blue finish with 4″ bbl, fixed sights and FN embossed hard rubber grips. It has usual slide markings on the left side with Browning’s patent on the left side of the frame. Accompanied by its original black leatherette covered, olive colored silk and velvet lined casing, French fitted in the bottom for the pistol. In the left front corner of the bottom it has a spare magazine in a recess with a screwdriver tool & steel cleaning rod in cloth retainers. Inside the lid is embossed in gold with the company’s name and address. This pistol is but another example of the Browning genius. In 1898, John Browning was approached by one of the managers of FN while visiting Winchester to discuss production. He gave FN a working bench model of what became the model 1899 pistol which had modest success with about 10,000 being produced 1899-1901. The Belgium military purchased a few of the models 1899 but requested improvements which led to the model 1900 which became the first semi-automatic pistol ever adopted by a national military. The model 1900 had great success which prevented the FN from going bankrupt. According to Randy Bessler, noted hand gun dealer, only a very few of these little pistols were factory presentation cased. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, probably unfired. Overall retains virtually all of its original factory dark blue with only the most faint sharp edge wear. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. Case shows its hundred years of storage and handling with worn edges and a couple of spots of minor loss. Interior is lightly soiled and faded with some minor wear in the lid. 4-38065 JR274 (3,000-5,000)

Auction: Firearms - Spring 2009
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