Some of the most beautiful work of this craftsman, and many others, are in this book “Liège Gunmakers through their Work. 1800 - 1950”.

For more detail see: LIEGE GUNMAKERS

Fabrique D’armes réunies

The weapon

It is about a shotgun “hammerless” with unrifled bores and juxtaposed.

The opening is practiced using the key “Top lever”.

The lock is square and decorates in hollow bottom with subjects animalist.

The stick out of wooden of walnut is worked with English. The forearm is with push rod.


The weapon carries the punches of the proofhouse of Liege, namely:

ELG on star in a crowned oval: final acceptance post 1893.

EL in English letters: provisional test, of use of 1852 to our days

X and AE spangled: countermarks of the controllers post 1877.

12 C in a rhombus: gauge, of use of 1898 to 1924.

Peron: inspection post 1853.

PV surmounted of a stylized lion: test with the powder without smoke, of use of 1898 to 1968.

P.1K542.2: weight of the barrel which can draw from the powders without smoke (smooth weapons). In use of 1892 to 1924.

D= 65 mm/20.6: length of the room in mm and diameter in mm after optional test with the powder without smoke. In use of 1892 to 1924.


DICTATOR: in fact CHARLEMAGNE with horse also named IMPERATOR marks deposited the 24.07.08 by the FABRIQUES D’ARMES REUNIES (JOINED TOGETHER ARMS FACTORIES) (F.A.R.) street Trappé, 22 in LIEGE. (See the site)

EPROUVE AUX POUDRES PYROXILEES (TEST WITH POWDERS PYROXILEES): indicative and advertising mention of the F.A.R.

ACD in a circle on the barrels: mark of the manufacturer of barrels of rifles BALTUS in Nessonvaux.

Appendix: mark F.A.R.


Fabrique D’armes réunies

Revolver with central percussion and box frame. The grooved cylinder is with 7 rooms the made-to-order of Russian Nagant. A safety is placed on the left side and a lever is placed at the front one. Its operation makes it possible to make rock the cylinder. It is besides this bolt which is the subject of the patent n° 194508 of the 15.09.1906.

The weapon carries the lawful punches of the proofhouse of LIEGE, namely:

ELG on star in a crowned oval: final acceptance post 1893.

0 spangled: countermark of the controller post 1877.

PV surmounted of a stylized lion: test with the powder without smoke, of use of 1898 to 1968.

The mark L crowned on the internal face of the cylinder don’t belong to the proofhouse, it could act of a mark of foundry of the cylinder!?

Crowned mark F.A.R. belongs to the Fabriques d’armes Réunies (Proofhouse 1901/1920) street Charles Morren, 26-28 with LIEGE.

Appendix: patent 194508.


Patent 194508

Fabrique D’armes réunies

Manufacture of weapons.

Rue Charles Morren, 26-28  Liège  (03/02/1921)

Deposited of mark.

N° 2575 – Liège 03/02/1921

Founded in 1909 to produce the semi-automatic gun Dictator.

Reorganized after 1918 in "Fabrique d’Armes Unies".

Disappearance about 1931.



This was an in 1909 patented .25 automatic pistol. The patent (brit. pat. 20277/1909) was written to the name of the company. The name of the inventor is unknown.

In the USA the same pistol was sold with the name "Centaure".

The construction of the pistol is very interesting as it was with no doubt the first "telescope-action", a construction which appeared in 1944-1945 at machine-guns an was celebrated at that time as big progress of gun-development. Anyhow it was unusual for pocket-pistols. It seems the unknown inventor just was looking for some new solution in order to prevent problems with other patents.

It is unknown, how many of these pistols have been produced, but it seems they must not have been too many as the production was very difficult.


DICTATOR of the Fabriques d’armes réunies (FAR)

This small automatic gun of pocket has the comic name of DICTATOR.

It is of caliber .25 or 6,35 mm, the barrel measures 58 mm and carries 4 stripes on the right.

Its weight is 415 grams. It is 119 mm long, 81 mm high and is a thickness of 22,5 mm.

Its system is with simple action. The sight is fixed and safety with lever.

The completion is bronzed. The grips are out of hard plastic with letters SBF in an oval lying. These letters should for me represent the founders of the F.A.R. is SIMONIS, BERTRAND and FRESARD.

Another type of plates represents the equestrian statue of CHARLEMAGNE (trade mark the 24.07.08.

This automatic pistol was patented in 1909. The license (brit.pat.20277/09) was taken in the name of the company.


Photos Littlegun


The weapon

It acts of a shotgun to juxtaposed unrifled bores gauges of it 28-70, system GREENER, hammerless, key top lever, pistol grip.

The punches

We raise various punches of the tests house of Liege, that is to say:

Spangled ELG in a crowned oval: acceptance of the test (1893/1968)

Peron: inspection (1853 until today)

PV overcome by a stylized lion: test with the powder without smoke (1898/1968)

28-70 in large C: gauge nominal and length of the casing (1924 until today)

Choke 13.8: chokés guns: cal to 22 cm of the breech (1924/1968)

The manufacturer

a) Of the barrels: the mark JF and the mention SIEMENS-MARTIN (steel used), indicate that they are guns manufactured by Jean FALLA, street New Bonne, 35 in Liege (Test house of Liège 1931/1953).

b) Of the weapon: the mark CENTAURE was deposited by HANQUET Emile the 09.02.1910.

At the time of the fusion of HANQUET with other manufacturers in 1920 (FABRIQUES D’ARMES REUNIES LIEGE S.A.) street Trappé, 22 in Liege, the mark with the CENTAURE continued to be used.