FN Model 1922 with Waffenamt proofs

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FN Model 1922 with Waffenamt proofs

Postby adam01364 » Thu Jul 30, 2015 7:57 pm

One of my LGS called me up about a gun they’d taken in, a Harrington & Richardson Safety Hammerless in .32S&W that they were selling for $100. I went in to take a look at it and decided to pass on it. But while I was standing there shooting the breeze, I looked down into the case and spotted an FN Model 1922, priced at $125 and marked “parts only”. Other than missing the magazine, the gun looked pretty complete so I asked for a closer look.

It’s been bubba’d, but the bubba job is kinda reversible: The gun has an FN Browning Model 1910/55 .380ACP barrel & barrel bushing instead of the correct (longer) barrel and slide extension. You can see in one of pics the slot for the slide extension to lock into, and the 1910 barrel bushing sits a tad more recessed in the 1922 slide. Oh, yeah, the slide extension has the front sight on the Model 1922 so… this gun has no front sights. The gun also has the Waffenamt proof marks, however they re-blued it and the proof marks aren’t nearly as sharp as they should be. So all in all it looks to truly be a parts gun or a fun little shooter.

I offered the shop $100 and it came home with me. The pics are of the gun along with a comparison to my other FN Model 1922.

The question now:
Do I find the parts to make it correct? (meaning I either get a correct Model 1910/55 slide or get the correct Model 1922 barrel and slide extension)
OR
Do I part it out?

What do you folks think?

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Re: FN Model 1922 with Waffenamt proofs

Postby 84minieldo » Fri Jul 31, 2015 9:33 am

Sweet! Shoot it but hold it far away the first few rounds
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Re: FN Model 1922 with Waffenamt proofs

Postby adam01364 » Fri Jul 31, 2015 4:08 pm

Without a mag it's one round at a time. But I probably will shoot it that way a couple of times.
Meanwhile, I've been searching for the correct parts. Prices are running close to $200. :o
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Re: FN Model 1922 with Waffenamt proofs

Postby 84minieldo » Fri Jul 31, 2015 6:52 pm

Alright I can see the pics without clicking a long like I did over at the high point forum which they were posted first.. :evil:
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Re: FN Model 1922 with Waffenamt proofs

Postby 84minieldo » Fri Jul 31, 2015 6:56 pm

...I think I'm starting to understand y ur getting these deals..u must be living in one of them towns that still think its the 90's,I can see it now acid washed jeans and pagers...
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Re: FN Model 1922 with Waffenamt proofs

Postby adam01364 » Sat Aug 01, 2015 5:37 am

This particular shop has a gunsmith who gets really nervous when he runs into things outside of his comfort zone. Install a trigger kit in S&W M&P 9s? No problem. Build an AR? No problem there either. H&Rs? Nope. They're a PITA (and I don't blame him, 'cause they are). In this case he knew what it was supposed to be but couldn't get the barrel retainer out. He saw it like I saw it: A bubba job. And at first I walked away. But later in the day I did a little research and figured out what "bubba" had actually done to the gun. When I got it home, turned out my bubba theory was correct. ;)
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