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Finally Got a Browning 1910/55

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Patocazador, Aug 12, 2018 at 6:54 PM.

  1. Patocazador

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    As I grew up many years ago my father basically only had one gun ... a Browning 1910/55 in .380. I thought he would leave it to me, his oldest son, when he passed. However, he had Alzheimer's at the end and the gun disappeared.

    Ever since then I looked for a pistol like his and I finally found one in almost new condition. I was really excited when it arrived and overjoyed when it shot to point of aim offhand.

    I now see why my Dad always carried this little gem.

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  2. ray15

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    Congratulations - that's a fine example.. and a bit more.
     
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  3. entropy

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    It's basically a Colt 1908 with the recoil spring around the barrel. An excellent gun, and that one looks to be in beautiful shape. :thumbup:
     
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  4. Patocazador

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    I was just made aware that the original 1910 model of this gun made by FN was the one that triggered the start of WW1. A Serb using one in .32ACP shot Austria's Archduke Ferdinand and his wife which opened a powder keg of reactions.
     
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  5. dogtown tom

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    It was a .380, now on display at a museum in Vienna.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FN_Model_1910
     
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  6. bannockburn

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    Well worth the wait to finally get your Browning 1910/55! I had one some years back and I was always amazed at the high level of craftsmanship that went into the making of this diminutive pistol. Enjoy!
     
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  7. First4Freedom

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    Way to go, fantastic condition!
     
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    That's a beauty of an auto-pistola, Patocazador. Congrats. :cool:
     
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  9. Patocazador

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    Thanks for correcting that. I saw it on a You-Tube video and I guess he got his facts mixed up.
     
  10. Jim Watson

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    Well, both are "basically" Browning designed blowback .380s. After that, less similarity. The main thing I see besides recoil spring location is that Colt is hammer fired, the FN a striker Action.
     
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  11. Monac

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    When entropy says it's like a Colt 1908 but with the recoil spring around the barrel, he means the 25 ACP Colt 1908, which is striker fired, not the other Colt 1908, which is the .380 Pocket Hammerless (which HAS a hammer, but on the inside, where you can't see it). Thanks, Colt!
     
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  12. Jim Watson

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    I considered that, but thought we were talking about .380s.

    Any road, it makes me think of the 1910/70 they made to get in on GCA 68 points. Long barrel, long butt about the size of a 1922 but the slide all one piece, plus adjustable sights, serrated "target" trigger, and thumbrest grips. Not much use I could see, but one guy took off the adjustable sights and milled a groove down the top of the slide like some pocket pistols, and put on flat grips. Made a pretty good "overcoat pistol" if you like the caliber.
     
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  13. commygun

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    Very nice. I’ve wanted one for some time but balked at the price tag on the one fine example I’ve come across (which may explain the price tag). Could you share what you paid for yours?
     
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