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We know now that the 1900 was a modified 1899 model.The 1899 was the first of the Browning pistols to go into production at FN in January 1899.Unlike stated in many places, FN never produced any Mauser rifles during the occupation.Only a select few parts were made, most notable barrels and bolts.A-5 Belgium, 12 gauge, 2 3/4 inch, 2,000,000 Commemorative Model, 1612 of 2500, 28 inch, Modified, Vent Rib barrel, in correct Black Hard Case.
The Belgian government (not FN) purchased the production rights for the 1889 Belgian Mauser and ceded those to FN.Loewe had no influence or control in the establishment of FN. manufacturers did not want to modify and make the machinery on metric specifications.FN engineers did purchase equipment and technical assistance from Loewe after the company was in existence. FN was not one of the most useful bodies to the Germans in WWII.This model is also commonly known as the Vest Pocket model.The Baby Browning was introduced by FN in 1931, the pistol is smaller than the Vest Pocket model.