F.N. mod. 1922

cal. 7.65mm (.32ACP)

In 1923 the government of the "kingdom of serbs, croats and slovenes (later known as Yougoslavia) ordered 60.000 pistols from FN with 114mm barrel and eight round magazines.  The quickest way to meet the demands involved lenghtening  the 1910-pattern frame to accept a larger magazine and adapting the standart slide to cover the long barrel.

FN 1922 Bahnpolizei

It acts of a weapon of the German police force of the railroad (Bahnpolizei). Indeed, these weapons were provided to the German police officers of the US zone (area occupied by American after WW2

See the book "The Belgian Pistols Browning", page 158:

..German Purchases

The FN 1922 model was used by German law enforcement in the post-war era and especially by the railroad police. These pistols are marked "BAHNPOLIZEI US ZONE" or simply "BAHNPOLIZEI"...

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Many small nations obtained their independence when the Austrian Hungarian Empire dissolved with the Treaty of Versailles in 1919. The Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes was a newly independent state. The Serbian army was the military stronghold in the unification. The Serbs were longtime customers in the Liege area. The new nation placed orders for 60.000 pistols and six million 9mm short cartridges. Orders for the FN pistol 1922 continued until the late 1930s.

Many of the FN pistols were captured by the Germans during W W II These pistols were reissued to secondary type forces Bulgarians, Italians, etc. The Yugoslavian 1922 pistol got the Nazi designation P641 (j). Large quantities remained in hands of the partisans. It became known as the pistol of Tito's partisan army. As a rule we can assume that the bulk of army pistols were requested in a special contract range. Few pistols however have been noted tot have army markings as well as standard FN production serial numbers. The top of the slide shows the Yugoslavian crest. The markings on the slide indicate standard military issue (translation: Army State)"

Photos Littlegun

 

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