On Friday, November 22, 1963 a former U.S. Marine by the name of Lee Harvey Oswald took the life of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, using an Italian Mannlicher-Carcano rifle, Model 1891/38 chambered in 6.52x52mm. There have been volumes written about this infamous shooting, whether Oswald acted alone or whether he was a 'patsy' as he claimed, in a grander scheme.

We may never know the full truth.

Nearly 50 years earlier, World War I was sparked by another high-level assassination. Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was killed, along with his wife, Sophie, while riding in an open-topped automobile in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914. The gunman, Gavrilo Princip, one of six Bosnian Serb assassins, used another firearm to assassinate the Archduke - an FN Model 1910, single-action, semi-automatic pistol chambered in .380 ACP (9x17mm Browning Short).

The fate and the full story behind the conspirators of the Sarajevo assassination - unlike JFK's murder in Dallas, Texas, which remains shrouded - are conclusive. They were captured and punished.

The Model 1910 was designed by the brilliant U.S. arms designer, John M. Browning.

Browning worked with Belgium's Fabrique Nationale (FN) toward the production of this semi-auto pistol chambered in .380 ACP (Automatic Colt Pistol) and .32 ACP (7.65x17mm Browning).

The .380 version of the M1910 holds 6 rounds in the magazine.

The .32 version holds 7 rounds in the magazine.

The gun weighs about 1.3 pounds, unloaded.

The FN M1910 is blowback-operated and employs Browning's trademark striker-firing mechanism. It is well-known for its backup safety features - a magazine safety, an external safety lever and a grip safety. But this Browning model pistol is unique in its recoil spring design, which envelops the pistol's 3 1/2-inch barrel. The Model 1910 has an overall length of 6 inches.

The Model 1910 was produced from 1910 to the mid-1980s.

The Model 1922 (1910/22) version is a larger gun with an overall length of 7 inches and a 4.4-inch barrel. Targeted to military and law enforcement applications, the M1922 has a longer barrel, grip and slide. The Browning M1922 was imported to the U.S. as the Browning M1955 in .380 ACP.