Swedish Pistol m/1907

Text by O. Janson

updated 2006-10-28

Page 3/4

 

Pistol m/1907 made by Husqvarna Gun factory

 

HUSQVARNA VAPENFABRIKS AKTIEBOLAG; BROWNINGS PATENT

This pistol was one of the first pistols Husqvarna made (1917 ).

 

When Germany occupied Belgium 1914 the deliveries of m/1907 ceased from FN. Sweden took the decision to build the pistol at Husqvarna Vapenfabrik. The tools for the production were not ready until 1917, when the production of the Swedish pistol m/1907 started in Sweden.

There are two parallel lines of numbers – one civilian (normally marked H) and one military.

 

Lack of military pistols resulted in that civilian produced pistols became military with military acceptance markings with a complete confusion of numbers as the result. The age of a pistol can only be judged by looking at the text on the slide and combine this information with the serial number.

There are civilian m/07 which became military and military which became civilians.

There are FN produced pistols (M1903) which are without any acceptance stamps as well as HVA this indicates that the pistol was sold directly to a civilian from Berghaus in case of FN or from HVA as the civilian model No 500.

The pistol m/1907 was produced at Husqvarna Vapenfabrik until 1941 when HVA started to make pistol m/1940. After that 584 pistols m/1907 were put together by old spare parts until 1942. Still when the pistols were sent for destruction by the turn of the millennium there were enough spare parts to make more than 200 pistols out of these, but everything went for destruction.

 

Different texts on the slides of the Husqvarna pistols.

There are five different texts on the slides of the Husqvarna pistols due to when they were made.

The oldest text was:

1. Husqvarna Vapenfabriks Aktiebolag Brownings Patent.

 

HUSQVARNA VAPENFABRIKS AKTIEBOLAG; BROWNINGS PATENT

This HVA from 1918 was refurbished much later, sand blasted and blued.

 

All FN made pistols should be beautifully polished and browned deep blue like the first Husqvarna made. Later HVA were blasted with sand and blued. If you find a pistol of old type sand blasted, then it most likely has been sent for refurbishing and sandblasted afterwards, like the pistol from 1918 above.

 

 

FN did not like this text with Browning’s Patent and wrote 1919 a letter to Husqvarna and threatened with an application for a summons if Husqvarna GF didn't change the text.

The text was changed to:

2. Husqvarna Vapenfabriks Aktiebolag, System Browning.

 

"HUSQVARNA VAPENFABRIKS AKTIEBOLAG SYSTEM BROWNING" for the Royal Navy = K. FL.

 

 

Next step was to leave the text about Browning all together. From about 1930 the text was:

3. Husqvarna Vapenfabriks Aktiebolag.

This text is common on both military and civilian guns. This text also appears on a picture of No 500 in the civilian arms catalogue from HVA from 1932.

All these different texts above are found on both military and civilian produced pistols.

 

Text: HUSQVARNA VAPENFABRIKS AKTIEBOLAG

This gun belonged to the Air force and the serial number starts with "F".

 

Here you can see a page in the Husqvarna catalogue from 1932 were the civilian pistol was offered for 65 Swedish krona (€ 7.00 or $ 9.00).

 

 

4. Husqvarna Vapenfabriks AB

This short variant is very rare

 

5. Slide without any text.

This was found on only one pistol for the civilian market.

 


 

Type 1

This is the oldest type of text on the HVA m/1907.

Husqvarna Vapenfabriks Aktiebolag

"BROWNINGS PATENT"

Type 1

As you can see it is very close to the text on the one made by FN.

Husqvarna Vapenfabriks Aktiebolag

"BROWNINGS PATENT"

This was something FN opposed to 1919.

Type 2

This is the second type of text:

Husqvarna Vapenfabriks Aktiebolag

"SYSTEM BROWNING"

 

Type 3

This is the third type of text:

"Husqvarna Vapenfabriks Aktiebolag"

alone.

 

Type 4

This is the fourth type of text:

"Husqvarna Vapenfabriks AB"

Type 5

This is the fith type:

No text at all.

 


 

 It occurs that pistols also are marked with the ID of the military unit.

These markings start with

  • I for infantry regiment

  • A for artillery regiment

  • K for Cavalry regiment

  • T for service regiment

  • K FL for Royal Navy

The pistols from the navy sometimes are found with three arm mark called “cat foot”.

If you find a pistol with I 15  it indicates that the pistol has belonged to a specific regiment “I 15” for Infantry  regiment No 15.

The pistols were also used by other army personnel like medics and signallers.

 

 

Royal Navy markings

Cat foot in front of
 K. FL.

Note I 15 No 1073

for Infantry  regiment
No
15

pistol No 1073

and the slide text "Husqvarna Vapenfabriks Aktiebolag"

(picture from a Swedish army manual 1969)

 


The article continues on Equipment and ammunition for m/1907


 

Index for the homepage of Pistol m/1907.

Page 1

Tests and Browning M1903

Page 2

Swedish Pistol m/1907 made by FN

Page 3 Swedish Pistol m/1907 made by Husqvarna GF.
Page 4

Equipment and ammunition for m/1907

 


 

References:

Jimmy Johansson
Sven-Erik Rundberg
Dick Tenbäck
Bengt Johansson
Axel Ekfeldt
Thomas Broborn
Arne Tell
, Magazine Vapen
Lars Junberger
, Magazine NP
Different Swedish army manuals 1933-1977
Smith & Smith / Small arms of the world.
 A&W Visual library 1960

 


 

Gothia Arms Historical Society in English
Pistol m/1940
Gothia Arms Historical Society in Swedish
Overview of all Swedish Military pistols and revolvers