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Foreign pistols in German service
« on: March 03, 2015, 01:14:30 PM »
I went to NGD/SOS with the intention of beefing up the pistol collection. I hadn't planned on adhering to the theme of foreign-made pistols used in the Wehrmacht, but that's how it went down. Here's what I bagged:

First up is my favorite of the bunch- a late war Fabrique Nationale Browning High Power. This pistol is in the b-block serial range, the final suffix in the German High Powers. The highest serial number I can find is 7000 units away from mine, so this gun really is at the end of the line of HPs built for Germany. The gun was likely built just a few months before the Allies took back Belgium. You can see where the late war FNs were produced a tad on the hasty side, the exterior finish is markedly rougher than the early war no-letter or tangent sighted pistols. The grips are the original, or at least the correct, bakelite version, introduced once the shortage on useable walnut came to a head. It's believed that the High Powers were earmarked specifically for SS use.
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Next up is another pistol of the Browning/Belgian persuasion- a Fn1922 in 32acp. I admittedly don't know much about them but their high quality is apparent when you handle one. The Belgians were crafty little devils. These striker-fired pistols have a strange little screwed-on barrel bushing that holds the action together. The grip safety is a neat accoutrement too.
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Lastly we have a Radom 35m, built after the Germans won Poland. These are awesome pistols, sort of a hybrid mashup of a High Power and 1911. Just like with the Polish g29/40s / wz29s, the Radoms sport the Waa77 for Polish parts and Waa623 for final inspection or assembly at Steyr-Austria. The decocker on the rear of the slide reminds me of the p38.
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Re: Foreign pistols in German service
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2015, 01:51:17 PM »
 :o

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1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms... It doesn't matter how many Lenins you get out on the street begging for them to be taken.

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Re: Foreign pistols in German service
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2015, 04:12:47 PM »
Oh, I thought the FN1922s were in 7.65x17mm Browning?   silly1 rofl

Nice trio of pistols.  The FNs are very, very cool  8) 

I had not heard of the Radom 35m but I like it.  Those trapezoidal grips seem to have an art-deco influence  think1  geezer1

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Re: Foreign pistols in German service
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2015, 03:03:29 PM »
VERY nice Blicero  thumb1 good catch!  clap1

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Re: Foreign pistols in German service
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2015, 06:55:33 PM »
Thanks guys.
One thing I learned this afternoon- I am not a talented enough pistolero to hit a squirrel at 30 yards with the fn1922.
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Re: Foreign pistols in German service
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2015, 07:01:53 PM »
Thanks guys.
One thing I learned this afternoon- I am not a talented enough pistolero to hit a squirrel at 30 yards with the fn1922.

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That's a pretty small target at a fairly long distance.  32 ACP is more than adequate for a Sciurus carolinensis (eastern gray squirrel, aka tree rat).  Were you trying to wrastle up some stew meat for Grease Monkey?  :o

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Re: Foreign pistols in German service
« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2015, 08:19:53 PM »
The little bastard chewed up the fascia on my house and may have made a nest up in there. I can hear him scampering around on top of the roof all the time. When he's on the roof I don't have a shot unless I want to drink rainwater dripping in my mancave from a 22 cal bullet hole in the shingles. So for the past 2 days I've been waiting til I see him running around out in the yard to take a shot. So far I've failed.
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Re: Foreign pistols in German service
« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2015, 08:24:37 PM »
Load a shotgun shell with rice! Only penetratesflesh at a  shirt distance.

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Re: Foreign pistols in German service
« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2015, 08:32:05 PM »
No shotgun here. The closest I can come to that is some 45shot that I might have laying around.
Thanks for that tidbit though, I'll remember that whenever I can pick up a shotgun.
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-Ty O

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"I'm sorry to hear that..."
"Yeah...he fell off a guard tower."
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Re: Foreign pistols in German service
« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2015, 08:35:30 PM »
That will work. Change out the lead shot with rice, plug the case mouth with wax!

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Re: Foreign pistols in German service
« Reply #10 on: March 04, 2015, 11:17:44 PM »
That will work. Change out the lead shot with rice, plug the case mouth with wax!
Hmm, rice.  So white rice would be a boat tailed frangible round, brown rice an FMJ?   :))

Cool tips.  I do have a shotgun and occasionally some annoying crows.

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Re: Foreign pistols in German service
« Reply #11 on: March 04, 2015, 11:28:59 PM »
It's only good at fairly close range of course but much less damaging to surrounding material.