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    italian1906 is offline Junior Member
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    FN 1906 is that a good buy or not ?

    Hello,
    I Came across this pistol. FN 1906.
    Well the pistol looks in overall good conditions but the barrel looks really matt and it is not mirror looking anymore.
    The gunsmith told me that it is normal for this kind of pistol because it is really old,
    but he also told me the pistol works fine and the barrel used condition is not an issue...
    that barrel is not damaged, it is just opaque.
    any experience of you with this gun ?
    which are the common problems one can meet with this small pistol if any ?
    thank you

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    Nobody here seems to have experience with the FN 1906.

    It fires a very weak cartridge, and is an inadequate weapon for self-defense. Very few people in the U.S. carry these .25 ACP pistols, because they are so inadequate.

    I suggest that the most common problem with this gun is that it will not save your life. Rather, it will make your assailant much more angry at you.

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    well frankly I think that it is better to stay behind it rather than in front of it, and only one shot in the head is lethal for sure even if it is .25 ACP.
    Anyway I buy it for collector interest and/or occasional utilization at the range. In Italy it is not allowed to bring weapon loaded
    with yourself, but anyway as a concealed vest, backup option it is always better than a knife, don't u think ?

    thanks

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    To Italian1906 and anybody else who is reading this:

    For years I had an acquaintance who was a Marisciallo Capo (sergeant-major) in the Carabinieri (the Italian National Police).
    He was forbidden from carrying a gun, when he was not on duty!
    He had to get a civilian concealed-carry permit from the government, which included a psychiatric interview and the transfer of quite a bit of money. It took him quite a long time to get it.
    This guy was a high-ranking police officer who had been doing undercover work against organized crime, and felt himself threatened by the organizations he'd been investigating. But still, his government would not let him carry a protective weapon when he was off-duty unless he was licensed as if he were a civilian!

    I believe that if we civilians are required to get carry permits, then the police should too. But nevertheless, to make a high-ranking policeman "jump through hoops" while his life may be threatened seems a little like overkill. There should be a court-ordered short-cut available, for threatened persons.

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