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FN Browning Pistols, 
Side-Arms that Shaped World History

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  • Title: FN Browning Pistols
    Subtitle: Side-Arms that Shaped World History
    Author: Anthony Vanderlinden
    Publisher: Wet Dog Publications
    Pages: 334 pages, quality coated paper
    Cover: Hardbound with color cover
    Size: 8.75" x 11.25" (22 x28 cm.)
    Photographs: Over 1000 quality photographs!
    Printed and bound in the USA!
    ISBN: 0-9707997-4-8
    Price: Original Retail $64.95 - SOLD OUT 


The History of Fabrique Nationale
            1889-1896: A Heritage of Craftsmanship              
1896-1914: Adversity Leads to Innovation                    
            The 1914 Gala Evening and Presentation Pistols 
The Sarajevo Affair                                                 
            1914-1918: The Great War                                            
            1919-1929: From Recession to Recession                     
            World War II: The Belgian Situation                                   
            World War II: Outside of FN’s Gates                          
            World War II: Inside of FN’s Gates                         
1944-1950: Leaping into Production                        
1950-1960: Recovery through the Golden Sixties            
            1970-1980: Diversification in the Space Age                  
            Modern Times                                                                        

“Le Maitre” John Moses Browning                                              
A Genius in the Shadows: Dieudonne Saive                           

Proofs and Markings         
         FN Manufacturing Markings                                              
            The Liege Proof House and Proof Markings                        
            World War II Occupation Markings                                  
            Acceptance Markings                                                  
            Foreign Proofs                                                                                                 

FN production Processes and Procedures                               
The John M. Browning Prototypes                                            
FN’s Sales Network                                                                      

The FN Browning Model 1899                                         

The FN Browning Model 1900                                        
            The Belgian Military FN 1900                                  
            The Austrian-Hungarian Purchases                                 
            The Mysterious Greek Contract                                    
            The FN 1900 in Imperial Russia                         
            German Police use of the Model 1900 & 1905            
            The French and the FN Model 1900                            
            Police Pistols in Denmark, Norway and Finland

The FN Browning Model 1903                                         
            The Swedish Acceptance                                          
            Imperial Russian Purchases                                             
            Ottoman Empire and Turkish Contracts                     
            From Estonia to the Spanish Civil War                      
            Paraguayan and Salvadoran Contracts                     
            Service in the British Navy and German Police                

  The Husqvarna Model 1907                                                    

  The FN Browning Model 1905 (1906)                                      
Imperial Russian General Staff Contracts                   
Imperial German Pistols                                    
Shanghai Municipal Police Pistols                            
            1940: Early German Occupation production                    

The FN Browning Model 1910                                         
            FN Browning 1910 in Belgian Service                        
FN Browning 1910 in The Netherlands                  
            French & Syrian Police Orders                      
The Model 1910 in Australia                                             
The Model 1910 in Finland                                  
FN 1910 in World War II, Germany and Japan 
Postwar Military Contracts                                           

The Modele 1910 Grand Browning                                              

The FN Browning Model 1922                                       
The Many Yugoslav Orders                                    
The Many Dutch Variations                                            
The Mexican Contracts                                          
The FN 1922 for Greece                                 
The Turkish Contracts                                                      
The French Orders                                               
The Romanian Contract                                           
The FN 1922 in Scandinavia: Denmark & Finland

World War II German Model 1922 Pistols                         
WaA613 Accepted Pistols                                 
WaA103 Accepted Pistols                                   
WaA140 Accepted Pistols                               
Eagle N Pistols                                                     
Postwar Belgian Government Contracts                 
Postwar German Contracts                                             

  The FN Baby Browning                                                          

The Grand Rendement (High Efficiency)                                

  The FN Browning Model 1935 GP (High Power)         
Belgian Prewar Contracts                                           
Lithuanian High Powers                                           
Estonian Contracts                                                  
The Paraguayan Order                                 
Argentine Contracts                                               
Chinese Orders                                         
The High Power in Finland                                   
Slotted Fixed-Sighted Pistols: The French GP          

World War II German High Power Pistols                       
Captured and Seized Pistols                                   
Pistols assembled prior to WaA613                         
WaA613 Pistols                                             
WaA103 Pistols                                                    
WaA140 Pistols                                                     
Eagle N Pistols                                                      
         Wartime Factory Reworks                                            
Post Liberation Pistols                                      

            The Danish Orders                                               
Belgian Contracts: Regent and Royal                      
Colonial Sales: The Congo                                 
The Netherlands adopts the High Power         
The High Power in West Germany and Austria        
The British L9A1                                                
The alleged Oman Contract                                              
U.S. Law Enforcement Imports: Howco        
Mass Production, Developments of the High Power  

The 100-Series Pistols                                                              
The Browning Arms Company Pistols


FN Browning Pistols, Side-Arms that Shaped World History reflects the continued work of Anthony Vanderlinden on the topic of FN Browning Pistols.   This new book includes information found in the original issue titled Belgian Browning Pistols and expands into more variants and details geared toward collector interests.   It includes detailed chapters on FN Browning Models 1899, 1900, 1903, 1905 (06) Vest-Pocket, 1910, 1922, Baby, 1935 High Power, 110, 115, 120, 125, 135 and 140, as well as the Husqvarna Model 1907.

More than 80 contracts and variants are featured. Factory engraving samples as well as special commercial pistols such as extended barrel variants are illustrated.   
An overview shows the Browning Arms Co. distributed models like the High Power, Baby, Model 1955 and 10/71.

All of John Browning’s handmade prototypes are pictured and illustrate the models manufactured by Colt and FN. 

This book includes the history of Fabrique Nationale, information on Liège proofs, military acceptance markings as well FN’s dealer network and how FN products were distributed worldwide. 

Significant historical pistols are featured including those owned by President Teddy Roosevelt, King Albert I, General Martinez of El Salvador and John Browning among others. Also included is new information on Gavrilo Princip and the pistol that started World War I.  

It includes comprehensive chapters on FN during World War II. Much of this information has never been published in English and constitutes the most complete write-up on FN’s wartime production, resistance activities, lunch box specials, etc.   All wartime pistol variants are examined in detail.

Specific elements aid collectors in identifying production periods, model variants and modern frauds.  The book explains many popular misconceptions on FN pistols. More than 1000 photographs illustrate this comprehensive book! 

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