Another of my pickups from the market at Earlestown is this unusual model of a Browning model 1910 pistol which I came across yesterday. The left side of the slide is stamped with... BELGIQUE DIENST HALDAUTOMATISCH MODELLO PISTOLE... Underneath is stamped... MODEL- M - 1910-63... To the left of the slide is stamped a lozenge shape which bears the legend BKA over 51.
Although the fit of the slide to frame is a loose fit, the pistol appears to be made of high grade alloy, and the frame - judging by the cross-grain marks, appears to have been polished off with a fine file.
It is in 8mm calibre blank firing - although the bolt is missing. The extractor on the right side of the frame is purely cosmetic, and would have been incapable of extracting a case. So I would imagine that there was a second extractor fitted to the bolt. When squeezed, the trigger pushes back a steel liner which covers the top of the magazine when inserted. The top of this can bee seen in the photograph of the stripped pistol. The squeeze safety does function from what I can see of the remainder of the mechanism. When I removed the magazine it still contained six rounds of unfired blank ammunition. The head stamp is 8mm over GFI. The magazine is of sheet steel.
I have never seen one of these pistols before. I would imagine that either the '51' or '63' are possibly manufacture dates. Can any forum members supply further information on this pistol?