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Lot 3413: Feg Fegyvergyar - 1901

Auction Date: December 4, 2016

Rare Documented Hungarian FEG-Frommer Model 1901 Semi-Automatic Prototype Pistol

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $27,500 - $42,500

Rare Documented Hungarian FEG-Frommer Model 1901 Semi-Automatic Prototype Pistol

Manufacturer: Feg Fegyvergyar
Model: 1901
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 8 mm
Barrel: 6 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut checkered
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Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 170
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

This is a beautiful example of a very rare early Hungarian FEG-Frommer Model 1901 prototype semi-automatic pistol tested by the U.S. military. This exact pistol is shown and documented on page 390-393 of the excellent book "U.S. Military Automatic Pistols 1894-1920" by Meadows/Ellis. It was manufactured by the Fegyver es Gepgyar Company in Budapest, Hungary, and is serial numbered "35" on the left side of the trigger guard, which can be seen in the noted reference. It is a blowback operated design with a rigid frame and barrel cover in which the barrel/chamber recoils reward slightly during firing and uses a fixed internal magazine. It is loaded through the top of the action via stripper clips. It has a long and very comfortable grip frame that is fitted with checkered walnut grips. The only markings on the pistol is the serial number on the frame as noted above and the left side of the breech bolt. It appears to be the only know example. In the reference book there is no mention of any other test designs, and since it was rejected by the U.S. military, it was probably not produced in many numbers. It has a blue frame and side plate with the internal parts all left in the white polish.

Rating Definition:

Excellent with 95% of the blue finish overall with only minor edge and high spot wear overall with some thinning on the side of the barrel cover. The grips are also in excellent condition with nice matching dark walnut on both sides, with nice distinct checkering showing on la few minor handling marks. The internal components, trigger and hammer are all still in the white finish from the factory. An extremely rare factory FEG-Frommer prototype serial number "35".



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