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I know this is a little OT but I wanted to share anyway. I just received my latest acquisition - a Dutch FN 1922 with matching holster, cleaning rod and magazine.

As many of you may be aware, my collection focuses on FN Browning pistols with a strong emphasis on the model 1922. I had been holding off on acquiring a Dutch pistol due to their relatively common availability, knowing I could always pick one up if the price was really good. In the mean time, I was holding out for more rare variations. However, recently I received an email from another collector who knew of my interest and brought this pistol to my attention. What was particularly interesting to me about this pistol was, in addition to all the pistol's parts having matching serial numbers, that the magazine, holster and cleaning rod were included AND they too had serial numbers that matched the gun! I had been told once by Anthony Vanderlinden (author of The Browning Belgian Pistols) that such rigs existed and that I should keep an eye out for a complete rig. So, when this particular rig was brought to my attention I jumped on it. But then things got better. After I had committed to purchasing the pistol I contacted Mr. Vanderlinden who then told me that this was only the second such rig he had heard of - the one pictured in his book was being the only other. It is known that the Dutch numbered their magazines, holsters and cleaning rods to match the guns but finding these rigs intact is now apparently quite rare. I hadn't realized how rare such a complete rig is. So, needless to say, I'm pretty excited.


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Darwin,

What a great find! I know you are a passionate FN Browning collector with as you say an emphasis on the M1922. This had to be a great thrill for you to find such a rare rig. Good for you! The "frosting on the cake" had to be the confirmation from Mr. Vanderlinden that this was ONLY the second (2nd) such rig so far brought to his attention. I just pulled my copy of the book "The Belgian Browning Pistols 1889-1949" by Anthony Vanderlinden and there is the information and pictures on the Dutch M1922 rig on page #142. It discusses (as you mentioned) just how meticulous the Dutch were about serializing all pistol/rig components. Well, it is a thrill for all of us all when a member of this forum makes such a GREAT score. Congratulations!! Lloyd in Vegas
 

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Originally there is even a magazine pounch holding 2 spare magazines with these rigs, of couse also matching the gun.
I'm sure there are more of these left overhere in Holland, I personally know one of these all complete rigs, with matching numbers in possesion of a collector overhere.
 

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Darwin,
I had a rig like yours but not quite as good. Also, it didn't have a numbered magazine. Only the holster and cleaning rod matched the pistol. Does yours have the Queen Wilhemina crest on the slide like mine??

Dave
 

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I have no doubt there are more matching numbered rigs even here in the US but it would appear they are extremely uncommon. The sad thing is that these can no longer be legally imported due to some really inane law. The Julianna marked pistols with adjustable sights can, however, be imoprted. Now finding a Wilhelmina pistol with matching holster having magazine pouches and all three matching numbered magazines would be about like finding the Holy Grail. :)
My pistol does indeed have the Queen Wilhelmina crest.
 

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The Dutch Army only used the FN 10/22 in .9mm short !! and their service live in the Dutch Army stopped with the occupation of the Netherlands in Mai 1940.
Pistols in Cal. .32 are only used by the Police.
Wilhelmina was Queen till 1948, so all these complete rigs must have the crown over "W"
 
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