Fabrique Nationale d'armes de guerre-Herstal

FN was incorporated on July 3, 1889 following a Belgian government order for 150.000 Mauser rifles. FN was the result of an association of several manufacturers from Liège.

In 1898, in order to diversify its product line, FN introduces a shaft-driven bicycle often called the “chainless bicycle”.

Further FN produces parts for 50.000 .22 rim-fire rifles.

In 1899, FN introduces the first Browning pistol, the Model 1899 also called “modele de présérie”. The Model 1899 pistol would inspire the successful FN Model 1900 pistol.

In 1902, John M. BROWNING arrives at FN for the first time with the prototype of his automatic shotgun. A contract is signed for the Auto-5 on March 24, 1902 and John BROWNING orders 10.000 shotguns. Production starts in 1903.

In 1903, an agreement is made between FN and the Syndicat des Pièces Interchangeables (Trade Association of Interchangeable Parts). FN provides large quantities of parts, enough for the equivalent of 25.000 guns.

Between 1906 and 1914, FN puts in production several more Browning pistols designs, like the Model 1906, the Model 1903 and Model 1910.

In 1914, FN starts producing the Browning Semi-Auto .22 carbine.  This would be followed in 1921 with the Browning Trombone, a slider action .22 carbine.

Here are thus the beginnings of the relationship between FN and Browning up to the Great War.

Following is a small list of FN manufactured / Browning designed sporting arms:

Automatic shotgun BROWNING Auto-5, in 12, 16 and 20 gauges.

Superposed Browning B-25 shotgun in 12, 16 and 20 gauges

Browning Semi-Automatic .22 rifle
with a tubular magazine holding 11, .22 shorts or eight .22 LR rounds.

FN Browning Model 1900 Automatic rifle in .35 caliber (9mm)

See also http://www.herstalgroup.com/ and I recommend FN’s history book “ARS MECHANICA” published by the group Luc PIRE, BRUSSELS.


Anthony Vanderlinden


Technical documents FN

Munitions FN

FN Auto & Moto

Pub FN


FN "Toy"

FN Baby

FN 1899

FN 1900

FN 1900 Greek

FN 1903

FN 1906

FN 1910

FN 1910/22

FN 1922 with anchor


FN GP Inglis

FN GP Danish

FN GP Fast Action

FN GP Lithuanian

FN Commemorative

FN Beretta DA140

FN Nomade, Challenger and Medalist

FN Buckmark

FN Barracuda




FN rifle semi auto cal .22

FN auto rifle of hunting

FN (Auto 5)

FN rifle contract Luxembourg

FN Browning BAR

FN Chilean BAR

FN rifle contract Peruvian

FN Mauser

FN Colombian Mauser

FN Navy rifle

FN rifle Venezuelian contract

FN 24/30 calibre .22

FN riffle 1912

FN Mauser 1916

FN T-Bolt



FAL Israeli

FAL Argentina

FAL Austrian




FN B25

FN Browning Light Twelve

FN Browning Twelvette

FN Hunting rifle

FN machine gunner


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