Browning gun in the Leningrad swamp
In 1935, the Pistolet Automatique Browning FN Modele 1935 de Grande Puissance pistol was adopted by the Belgian army and the company received the first order for 1000 copies.
Pistol browning 1935
But a much shorter designation has taken root – “GP-35”. The name “Grande Puissance”, meaning “Great Power”, was given, of course, for advertising purposes, but the pistol really had excellent combat qualities, and in its time, it was simply not surpassed. The weapon was produced in two versions. One with vertical grooves on the rear surface of the handle for attaching the holster-butt and sector, designed for shooting up to 500 m, adjustable sight.
The other was equipped with simple sights and had no grooves on the handle. Further, several other countries of Europe began to purchase it for their armed forces. Since 1935, the pistol, known worldwide as Browning Great Power, has been in service in Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Holland, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Peru and Israel.