TFBTV: Mike and the FN 1922 Pistol

Mike B
by Mike B

Mike takes a look at the FN 1922 service pistol, built by Fabrique Nationale in Belgium in both 9x17mm/.380 ACP and 7.65x17mm/.32 ACP.

A widely successful, but little known service pistol from the inter-war years, which nevertheless served until the 1970’s and 1980’s in various roles in a whole bunch of European countries.


FN 1922 (aka. 1910/22, 10/22)
FN 1910
FN 1903 / Husqvana m/07

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Mike B
Mike B

Mike was lucky enough to go to a school with a 25 yard smallbore range, only 25 minutes from the centre of British shooting at Bisley, and had a firearms certificate before he had a driver's license. Moving to a more gun-friendly country has allowed him to service his milsurp habit. He lives up in the mountains in Switzerland and vlogs at YouTube as Bloke on the Range. He can be reached at

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  • Dave Dave on Jul 22, 2018

    My 1922 has Waffenamt proof stamps, so apparently good enough for the Wehrmacht. When I was a poor young salesman in Detroit, it was my only carry-suitable piece. Better than nothing and a decent and reliable little gun.

  • Archie Montgomery Archie Montgomery on Jul 26, 2018

    Accuracy is fairly good. Surprising for an 'old clunky European .32 ACP". The accuracy is suitable for self defense, perhaps not target shooting. In the U. S. point of view, .32 ACP (7.65 Browning) or .380 ACP (9mm Short, Kurz, Corto or other depending on language) are not severe stoppers, but in Europe in the 20s and 30s and up to the 1970s, they were highly regarded.

    The difficult is in the interface between pistol and shooter. They have fixed, rather European sights, reminiscent of the Mauser rifle 'barleycorn' style and triggers usually run between seven and forty-six pounds. Once in a while one finds one with a weight on the lesser end and fairly clean of creep.