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Fabrique National d’Armes de Guerre, Herstal in Belgium
Browning FN Model 1903/07
Calibre: 9mm Browning Long
Serial No 576

Price: £450

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 m/1887.
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 December 1907.
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.

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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 Magazine

Suitable for Section 7.1 or Section 5

Sitting Front Row
First on the left - Staff Sergeant C. E. Johansson
Third from the left - Colonel C. Hyltén Cavallius