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    Gentlemen,

    I am confused concerning FN 1922 serial numbers. I understand that wartime serial numbers continued into aprox 155,000 under German occupation. I know that the Germans re-configured the serial numbers to run in blocks of 100,000 with a letter suffix in late 1943 until the end of production in 1944. My understanding is that when the Belgians continued producing this pistol in late 1944 they used an "A" prefix to distinguish the pistols made after liberation. So, my question is were the FN 1922 pistols utilized by various postwar German Police agencies made during the war of after? They seem to fall into the 1943 serial number range since they do not have an "A" prefix. Is this perhaps a special postwar contract serial number run without the prefix letter?

    Here is an example of a pistol issued to the postwar Berlin Polizei in the American Zone of Occupation with such a serial number. It has full Belgian proofs (no Germans ones) and no "triangle" stamp on the back of the frame or slide. When was it made?
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    According to Anthony Vanderlinden's book, all Berlin's police FN 1922 pistols were purchased during the 1950s. The same source (p. 254) also states that "no specific contract numbers were used for any of the German contracts, all pistols had standard postwar FN serial numbers."

    The book depicts several guns in same range as yours, for instance, 129912, 130532, 134257 and 140788.

    In addition, my guess is the "2" stamped on the trigger bar means "1952" - the manufacturing date. This is the system adopted by FN after the war.

    Hope it helps.

    Douglas

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    Thanks Douglas. I guess they must have eliminated the "A" prefix and went back to the old serial number range? The M1922s that were issued to the Railway Police have similar serial numbers without a prefix. Here is one of mine that was issued to the Bahnpolizei around the same time period.

    I presume they indicate that the pistols were newly manufactured in the 1950s then?
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    Yes, the A prefix was dropped after a couple of years.
    I don't have my books at hand right now, but, if my memory serves me well, the "A" preffix was an indication of guns made still with wartime parts.

    The second pistol is also a 50s production gun, indeed.

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    Douglas,

    Thanks, that makes sense and clarifies the time line for me.

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    "They did not have the capabilities to produce pistols from raw materials untill 1946, relying on stockpiles of wartime pistol parts..." pg 250 Vanderlinden Fn Browning Pistols.
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    George,

    If it is any help, from my collection here's a link to what I believe is an example of the post-war A prefix 1922.

    http://luger.gunboards.com/showthread.php?t=13451
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    Thanks to both Gary and Francis. I appreciate the information.
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