Fn or FN/Browning 1922 in the holster with extra magazine. It has the Nazi Eagle (Third Reich symbol) Proof Markings on the slide and frame and visible on the top, above the serial number, on the barrel which can be seen through the ejection port and upon removing the barrel. This is another WaA the waffenamt 103. This is the Chief Inspector whose name is unknown. Waffenamt 103 is the second German Military Acceptance Mark as is WaA603 commonly referred to as new production. This chief inspector (103) took over the plant after Mr. Tennerts (WaA603) demotion. This pistol was produced from May 1941 until December 1941. While the Germans took the city, had occupation of Liege and takeover of the F.N. plant. These pistols were produced in only 7.65 where the 613 was 7.65 and 9mm short (.380). The WaA103 marking was introduced around serial # 25000. This particular piece has a serial number in the 52000 range with the serial number on the frame,barrel and barrel lug. This is early war production. There are no Belgium proofs as is common for this marked pistol only the test eagle and serial number. The Germans continued to use the black synthetic grips with lanyard cut until the supply was exhausted towards the beginning of WaA140. The 140 marked pistols were produced from December 1941 / July 1944. The quality of fit and finish of these Aa140 pistols decreased. Pre-war production German Invasion timeline: May 10, 1940 German invasion; May 12, Fall of the belgium city Liege; May 17, 1940 Germans direct FN to restart production; May 19, 1940 seizure of the FN plant: May 28, 1940: capitulation of the Belgian government; May - June 1940: Completed and warehoused FN pistols are moved to the Liege Citadel; Unfinished guns and parts remain at the liege factory. Information from Anthony Vanderlinde’s 2009 book “FN BROWNING PISTOLS”. Model 1922 pistols pressed into German service recieved the Markings of the German eagle above the letters WaA613 , WaA103, and WaA140. WaA613 (waffenamt 613): first Waffenamt (German military acceptance marking) used at FN. The WaA613 is the marking of Chief Inspector Tennert. The WaA remained his assigned marking wherever the firearms were supervised. WaA was applied by his staff. Chief Inspectors supervised no less than ten departments at FN. WaA613 was used at FN from September 1940 until April 1941. Technischer Inspektor Tennert, a civil servant ranking of Liutenant, graduate of an engineering college, was the first Leiter (chief) of “Werk Luttich” usong inspector 613. He was replaced by an unknown named German official with inspector number 103. Frame, barrel, slide and barrel lug all have the same marking and serial number. Only the clip has a different number. The barrel of those inspected by #603 are marked with the smokeless powder and proof marks of Liege.
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