Browning M1905

Catalogue number
  • FIR 10894
  • whole: L: 11.5cms BL: 5.3cms Calibre: 6.35 x 15
Alternative names
  • full name: Browning M1905
  • simple name: pistol, blowback, replaceable box magazine
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.

Physical description

Browning M1905 pistol & magazine (6)

History note

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

Stamped in large characters on left of slide


Stamped on left trigger guard web

FN in cartouche over O

Stamped on barrel


Stamped on magazine and moulded on grips

FN monogram

Stamped on right of frame


Stamped on right trigger guard web

A in circle and J

Stamped on left of lside and left of frame

lion over P.V over star over E

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