C&Rsenal X-Ray View of Innovative FN 1900

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While the 1911, Glock, and other handguns are well-recognized, handguns that truly pushed forward technology can often be overlooked. While yes, the 1911 featured a different Browning design that exists to this day, few recognize the impact of the Fabrique Nationale Model 1900.

A little over a half million units were produced prior to production ceasing. It was and still is a novel design introducing two commonly used designs today, the .32 ACP chambering and the concept of a slide-based action for self-loading handguns.

Many could argue that the 1911 is a bit of parts overload, with many tiny components through the system. The 1900 is nearly the opposite, with parts being used for multiple functions. The most noticeable feature is the main recoil spring, housed above the barrel. It acts and both the main spring and the striker spring through a rather unique linkage in the top of the handgun.

For those interested in seeing the actual parts, TFB’s own Alex Capps produced a great video showing the takedown of the handgun into its major parts.

FN Model 1900 Field Strip

If you enjoy the design, check out the full C&Rsenal video going into the detailed history of the platform, including the details of how FN and John Moses Browning connected to begin their long history of innovative designs.



Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Giolli Joker

    That is a low bore axis!
    Interesting design!

    • Budogunner

      Chamber it in 9mm and extend/thread the barrel and is buy one today.

  • noob

    I wonder if lessons from this design could be applied to a modern gas operated rotating bolt self loading bullpup rifle?

  • mechamaster

    If it can be made more modern and refined… plus and easy to fieldstrip without using a tool / screwdriver…

  • If KelTec ever made a striker fired pistol, the simplicity of this would fit well with their P-model pistols!