Fabrique National d’Armes de Guerre, Herstal
Browning FN Model 1903/07
Calibre: 9mm Browning Long
Serial No 576
Browning Pistol M1903
Becomes the Swedish Pistol m/1907
Army Trial 1904
In 1887 Sweden had adopted the 7,5 mm Nagant revolver known as revolver
In1904 the Swedish military commission began the serach for a replacement
pistol for the Swedish officers instead of the old weak revolver m/1887.
The Pistols that took part in the trials were:
Luger, 7.65 mm Luger - Browning M1900, 7.65 mm ACP - Colt-Browning, 9.5
mm - Mannlicher pistol, 7.63 mm
Mannlicher carbine pistol, 7.36 mm - Hamilton pistol, 6.5 mm (Swedish
construction.) - Frommer pistol, 8.00 mm
Browning M1903, 9 mm Browning Long.
The test showed that the two best pistols were the Luger
and the Browning M1903.
The conclusion of the report was that the Luger was superior concerning
precision, but the function was less reliable than the Browning M1903,
which became very apparent in cold climate.
Several modification were made to the FN1903: The extractor
and the safety had been strengthened. A ring for the lanyard was added
at the bottom of the grip
Pistol m/1907 made by FN.
The Pistol M1903 was accepted as Swedish Pistol m/1907 on the 16th of
The first pistols were made by Fabrique National d’Armes de Guerre,
Herstal in Belgium. They were bought from the Swedish agent - Paul Berghaus
AB in Gothenburg.
All pistols delivered, were checked out and stamped by Carl Gustafs Stads
gun factory in Eskilstuna.
It is easy to see if one of the m/1907 has been used by the armed forces
because of these stamps at the rear end of the pistol.
The inspector’s initials will be found under the Swedish crown.
When Germany occupied Belgium in 1914 the deliveries of m/1907 ceased
from FN. Sweden took the decision to build the pistol at Husqvarna Vapenfabrik.
The tools for the production were not ready until 1917, when the production
of the Swedish pistol m/1907 started in Sweden.
This is an early example of the FN made m/1907
The rear of the frame has the Carl Gustafs factory inspectors
marks that denote this pistol was in military service.
The two inspectors marks are:
Officer Inspector: HC - Hyltén-Cavallius
Staff Sergeant First Class: CJ - Carl Edvard Johansson.
Very Good Condition - Everything Matching Including
Suitable for Section 7.1 or Section 5