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What year is my fn browning 32/7.65 with serial number 580

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What year is my fn browning 32/7.65 with serial number 580 81?
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ProactiveShooters :

Good evening,

ProactiveShooters :

I'm not sure I understand which model of Browning you have.....

Customer:

same problem im having

ProactiveShooters :

ok then...I'm not alone! :)

ProactiveShooters :

Can you tell me what kind of firearm we're talking about?

Customer:

fabrique nationale/brownings patent, 32 caliber

ProactiveShooters :

.32 caliber....so we're talking about a handgun.

Customer:

yes

ProactiveShooters :

along the slide, there should be something written like fabrique national etc etc...can you tell me exactly what it says?

Customer:

fabrique nationale d'armes de guerre herstal belgique, brownings patent depose

ProactiveShooters :

Very good....stand by, please.

ProactiveShooters :

I'm looking for some photos to try to show you so bear with me.....

Customer:

ok

ProactiveShooters :

Is this a pocket handgun (small) or a larger sized gun?

Customer:

small

ProactiveShooters :

ok

ProactiveShooters :

Like this?

Customer:

slightly larger, barrel is longer

ProactiveShooters :

ok

ProactiveShooters :

How about this ?

Customer:

yes, looks like that, with fn grips

ProactiveShooters :

Ok very good. That should be the Browning model 1910-FN

Customer:

ok so does that mean it was manufacured in 1910?

ProactiveShooters :

No, that was the year this model was created. The model 1910 was actually produced from 1912 to 1983, but only had FN markings from 1912 - 1954

Customer:

ok, so it muust be a 1954 or earlier, how do i know when the actual date of manufacture is?

ProactiveShooters :

Well, unfortunately with some of these guns, the actual production records don't exist anymore.

ProactiveShooters :

We know some things, like from purchase records and such

Customer:

any idea on value?, i know it would be hard to tell without looking at it, but is in excellent condition.

ProactiveShooters :

As far as the year goes, I know that FN was into the 20,000 range by 1914. As a rough guess, I would put your gun at pre-1920....

ProactiveShooters :

Values I can give, one moment please.....

ProactiveShooters :

For your 1910-FN, the following current Blue Book values apply. Retail prices may be 20% higher:


 


 


New in box/perfect --100% $ 525


Mint condition --------98% $ 425


Excellent condition -- 95% $ 325


Very Good+ condition -- 90% $ 275


Very Good condition ------ 80% $250


Good+ condition ------------70% $195


Good condition --------------60% $150

Customer:

ok thx

ProactiveShooters :

You would think that values would be higher, but they made over 700,000 of them.

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