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Hello All.....This is my first post...

I picked up two Browning 1922 pistols with consecutive serial numbers
A17XXX They each have what appears to be a lion on it's hind legs over a line with P.V. under it.....also there's a little mark over a E on one and a letter G on the other....They both have wood checkered grips....I don't see any german marking though....

Could these still be German occupation made pistols???

Thanks!

Russ...
 

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Are there any other markings on the top of the slide?. Are they .32 or .380? The full serial numbers would help...but, the markings you describe are the regular Belgium stamps. I have heard that the A prefix guns were made right after the liberation of the plant in 1944.

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The "A" prefix pistols were made in 1944 and 1945. The 1922 and the Hi-Power are found with the "A" prefixs.

The early ones used parts that bore the WaA140 marking as German marked parts that were on hand were used. As the parts were used up, the German marked ones were replaced by non-German ones.
 

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The Belgian Browning Pistols 1889-1949 by Anthony Vanderlinder has some good information on the "A" Prefix 1922 pistols on page 157. The "A" prefix in the serial number indicates that the guns were assembled with at least some occupation manufactured parts. I have A0260 & A0985 and sorry to say they are both import marked.
 
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