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
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
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
(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
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.