Browning M1905

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Catalogue number
  • FIR 10894
Alternative Names
  • FULL NAME: Browning M1905
  • SIMPLE NAME: pistol, blowback, replaceable box magazine
Creator
Object Type
pistol
Category
weapons and ammunition

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The Browning Model 1906 pistol designed by John M Browning and manufactured by Fabrique Nationale of Belgium. A scaled-down version of the 9mm Browning Model 1903, it was chambered for a specially designed 6.35mm (.25 inch) cartridge. The pistol was an immediate success, selling in huge quantities. It was also widely copied and the 6.35mm cartridge became the standard ammunition for similar 'vest-pocket' pistols. Although such pistols had little military value, they were occasionally carried on active service by men who had privately purchased them. Also, during the Second World War, personnel of the British Special Operations Executive were sometimes equipped with such pistols. If searched by the enemy the presence of a civilian pistol of continental origin would not betray their real identity. This particular pistol was used by Squadron Leader F E Rymills, DFC DFM AE, who was employed on 'Special Duties'; flying SOE agents into occupied France in Lysander aircraft.

History note

Probably relates to Sqn Ldr Rymills wartime career as Lysander pilot working with SOE.

Physical description

Browning M1905 pistol & magazine (6)

Stamped on right of frame

817252

Stamped on right trigger guard web

A in circle and J

Stamped on barrel

CAL.6m/m.35

Stamped in large characters on left of slide

FABRIQUE NATIONALE D'ARMES de GUERRE HERSTAL BELGIQUE BROWNING'S PATENT DEPOSE

Stamped on left trigger guard web

FN in cartouche over O

Stamped on magazine and moulded on grips

FN monogram

Stamped on left of lside and left of frame

lion over P.V over star over E

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