Like most things in this world, firearm designs are subject to hip and trendy fads, popular one day and considered old and ugly the next. Few designs possess the staying power to remain desirable for decades on end.
The FN Baby Browning (aka FN 1906, aka V.P. 25, aka M1905/M1906) is one design that’s managed to stay pretty, popular, and petite for nearly 100 years.
This tiny .25 caliber, striker-fired, semi-automatic pocket gun features a six-round magazine and has a manual thumb safety that doubles as the slide lock.
The Baby Browning is considered by most to be the first true “pocket pistol.” In fact, the “V.P.” stands for Vest Pocket, where it was originally meant to be stored. At just 4 inches long and 2.75 inches tall, it even fits in the smaller pockets of my ladies’ jeans.
On the flip side, it’s so small that it’s not always pleasant to shoot. You’re nearly guaranteed to get bit by the slide at some point.
However, it wasn’t meant to be a recreational plinker gun to enjoy at the range with your friends. It almost seems like more of an “accessory” than a firearm – like a wristwatch or sunglasses.
Not surprisingly, it’s been popular with ladies who found it can fit in nearly any handbag, including a clutch (No really. I’ve proved it).
And for such a tiny gun, it has a rather LARGE history.
FN’s Baby Browning is based on an original design by John Browning that was first produced by Colt. Fabrique Nationale (FN) later obtained the patent and produced their version from 1931 to 1979.
Other firearm manufacturers made variations of the same design in recent years, but FN is most responsible for this little Baby’s place in history and our hearts.
While I don’t recommend making this your primary carry gun, but it could be a cute little addition to your pistol collection.
It could even be a sweet little gift for your significant other…just prepare yourself for lots of “is that a gun in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?” jokes. (Again, proved it).