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pistol, semi-automatic

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  • Other titles
    • Browning Model 1903 semi-automatic pistol (descriptive name)
    • Major PB Greenough, Auckland Garrison Artillery
  • Description
    Browning Model 1903 semi-automatic pistol
    Belonged to Major PB Greenhough, Auckland Garrison Artillery, 1914
    Brownings Patent semi-automatic pistol; .38 inch calibre; enclosed hammer; with magazine; action frozen
    markings:
    Belgian proof and maker's marks on barrel
    serial number on right hand side of body above trigger: 35879
    logo at top of grips: NFC
    retailer's markings in top of barrel: WM. H. HAZARD. Auckland
    presentation details engraved on right hand side of slide adjacent to ejector port: MAJOR P.B. GREENHOUGH / AUCKLAND GARRISON ARTILLERY / from HIS BROTHER OFFICERS / 9/11/14
    on left hand side of slide: FABRIQUE-NATIONALE-D'ARMES de GUERRE-HERSTAL-BELGIQUE. / BROWNING'S-PATENT DEPOSE
    maker: Browning
    unworking - pinned
  • Place
  • Other Number
    195898, W1890, W1890A
  • Collection area
  • Item count
    1
  • Record richness
pistol, semi-automatic, W1890A, 195898, W1890, Photographed by Richard NG, digital, 18 Jan 2017, © Auckland Museum CC BY
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Artefact

  • Credit
    Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, W1890
  • Notes
    Browning Model 1903 semi-automatic pistol
    Presentation piece to Major PB Greenhough, Auckland Garrison Artillery , and marked Wm H Hazard, Auckland.
    Greenhough, a member of the Auckland Garrison Artillery Territorial Unit enlisted for service with the NZEF in November 1914, and this piece may have been presented to him at that time. When Percy enlisted, 16 November 1914, his rank was listed as Major, but four days later this was reduced to Lieutenant, and at the time of his discharge from the NZEF his rank was that of Captain.

    Wm Hazard = gunsmith and vendor, Queen Street, Auckland
    Designer: John Moses Browning (1855-1926). Weapons to his design manufactured by Remington, Winchester, Colt and the Fabrique National d’Armes de Guerre of Herstal, Liege, Belgium - products of last being only ones to carry the Browning name. Browning 1903: originally produced in 9mm Browning Long calibre; used a new construction in which the barrel was attached to the pistol frame by the ribs beneath the chamber; this allowed the pistol to be dismantled very easily by pulling back the slide and rotating the barrel to free the ribs. [from IV Hogg: Illustrated Encyclopedia of Firearms, p100]
    WW1 NOMINAL INDEX
    Surname GREENHAUGH
    Given Name Percival Beaumont
    Category Nominal Roll Vol. 1
    Regimental Number 2/832
    Rank Lieutenant
    Body or Draft Second
    Unit or Regiment Field Artillery
    Marital Status M
    Last NZ Address Lillington Rd Remuera Auckland
    Next of Kin Title Mrs P B
    Next of Kin Surname GREENHAUGH
    Next of Kin Relationship Wife
    Next of Kin Address Lillington Rd Remuera Auckland
  • Person
  • Production
    Fabrique Nationale d'Herstal (maker)
    HerstalBelgiumEurope
    1914
    post-WW1, wars
  • Signature/marks
    • 35879  (firearm serial number)
    • MAJOR P. B. GREENOUGH / AUCKLAND GARRISON ARTILLERY / FROM HIS BROTHER OFFICERS / 9/11/14  (engraved)
  • Consists of
  • Dimensions
    • 0 - Whole length : 200mm
      (overall)
      (length 90mm; calibre: .38 inch (9mm))
    • 0 - Whole length : 130mm
      (approximate barrel length)
    • 0 - Whole width : 25mm
    • 0 - Whole height : 115mm
  • Classification
  • Record created
    5 January 2015

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