Here is a very little known pistol, produced by Auguste Francotte in calibre 6,35 Browning a little before the 1st GM. It is taken up in Zhuk's book p 181, which places him around 1912-1914. Another specimen is already on the site, complete with its grips plates and punches.

On this one, there is no punch visible on the pictures provided (even if I seem to see an A on the left side of the barrel, just before a little rust...).

What strikes you most is of course the single stamped plate of grips.

Why the presence of a number but the absence of punches and this single plate?. Personally, I lean towards a weapon of manufacture in August 1914, already provided with a number of manufacture but not completed and thus not presented at the Proofhouse of Liege, which was carried by a workman of Francotte at the first hours of the 1st GM.

How did he get to the States? Who made this stamped plate? Was the second one lost over the years? Mystery. All the theories are plausible.....

I wonder especially who is the inventor of this pistol, whose principal external characteristic, as underlined in the already existing leaflet, is the presence of the gripping grooves of the breech at the front (it is besides very well seen because it facilitates the gripping of the aforementioned breech...).

Indeed, I do not find any patent of Auguste Francotte concerning such a pistol (as far as he considered useful to register one...). Maybe he bought someone else's patent. Moreover, there is no mention "Francotte patent" on the other copy already examined.

The lucky owner mentions other examples he has had the opportunity to see. Does he have the serial numbers?

GP and the whole team.

Francotte model E

It is about a rare Francotte pistol model E in calibre6.35mm, manufactured between 1912 and 1914, and furnished of plates borrowed from Bayard. In theory those should raise an escutcheon with the letters A and F.

It is one of the rare ones - if not only - pistol of this type (and calibre) to present scratches in front of the window of ejection.

Engraved… “Souvenir de Liège Belgique” (To remember Liege Belgium) … amusing! Gift with a good customer?

The chrome magazine is identical to this of the FN 1906.

We are in the presence of the model E from Francotte, but it was also manufactured a practically similar model, and which has the code E J to him, it has also the scratches in front of the window of ejection.

Auguste Francotte

Pair of pistol "with bayonet" signed Auguste Francotte.

Thanks to "Hallantique" for the pictures

Photos Littlegun

Auguste Francotte

This gun is a pistol of shooting known as “of stand” of caliber .22 only studied for this use as its long barrel indicates it to increase the precision. It is with eight sides with elevated back sight and bead out of V seems it adjustable.

The trigger guard is with puts back finger and the stick in drowning squared carries a rounded blocking the hand, these two elements ensuring a good catch in hand.

The system is with top break type J. LECLERCQ with the button of opening placed on the left of the frame (seen so well on the photographs)

The marking of manufacturer A.FRANCOTTE in Liege is typical of this well-known manufacturer in Liege.



Very beautiful pocket pistol, with 4 barrels rotating to the hand with two mechanisms with flint and two triggers under trigger guard.

The small basin has two conduits, the adjustment of the obturator makes it possible to shot with the choice with the higher gun or the lower gun.

A sliding safety on the breech makes it possible to block the two hammers.

The stick in drowning style empire is nicely carved with palmettos and scales of fish.

The barrels unscrewing using the interior stripes and of a key are numbered from 1 to 4.

The weapon carries the punch of acceptance of the proof house of Liege, it acts here of spangled ELG with 5 branches in an oval, it acts of the great model which was used:

a) of the 18.05.1811 to the 14.09.1813.

b) of the 18.08.1818 to the 11.07.1893.

Crowned mark AF is the mark of Auguste FRANCOTTE street Mont St Martin, 61 in Liege. When it is known that the company was creates into 1810/1811, it is noted that weapon presents it is one of the first achievements of the young company, it all the more has value of it.


Auguste Francotte

Pistolet Francotte

Many thanks to "HIDAHOGUNS" for the photos

Francotte 4 canons

The weapon

It acts of a gun of pocket of the hammerless type to rotary strikers comprising 4 barrels of calibre 22. The crack of the guns for the loading and unloading is done thanks to a key located above the frame. The block-barrels swivels then on an axis located at the bottom of the carcass. The trigger without trigger guard is folding. The moulded and worked grips seem to be in horn or gutta-percha about it.

The inventor

The weapon is patented by a certain CHUCHU Athanase, Brazilian of BAHIA, which deposited three patents in Belgium, that is to say:

1) in 1883 for a system of gun with repetition

2) in 1886 for a weapon of war with fast fire

3) in 1891, a new system of weapon of war with fast fire.

The manufacturer

The weapon was manufactured by the company Auguste FRANCOTTE, street Mont Saint Martin, 51 in Liege as indicates it crowned punch AF. This company, one of largest of Liege was creates in 1810 and was famous for the multiplicity of its production.

This mark was deposited the 31.12.1880.

The punches

Spangled punch ELG in an oval is the punch of acceptance of the bench of tests of Liege, used of the 08.09.1846 to the 11.07.1893.

The S in a circle seems to form part of engraving and is unknown for us as a mark or a punch.

The dating

We believe capacity statement without much risk of error that the weapon was manufactured between 1883 and 1893.(patent of 1883 and punch ELG in an oval of which the use finishes into 1893)


The catalogue of firm A. FRANCOTTE of 1892, does not contain any weapon of this type, it probably acts of intended specific order abroad and a more particularly South America considering the nationality of the inventor and the decoration of the weapon. This type of weapon would thus not have been marketed in Belgium.

G.G & M.D.

Anoter photo of a CHUCHU

The patent of CHUCHU

Pistol Francotte

It acts of a gun with percussion, system with trunk with two barrels and double trigger manufactured in great number in Liege in second half of the 19th century.

The unrifled bores can be unscrewed using a square key which one introduces into the four notches located at the mouth of the guns.

It acts of a system called "to forced ball" the gun being unscrewed, one pours the powder in the small receptacle and one places the round ball “overcalibred” over. It then remains to screw up the gun, to place the starters and to shoot.

The grip known as "banana" is in drowning smooth.

The sides of the trunk are decorated with fine engravings.

The weapon carries crowned punch AF of the famous firm Auguste Francotte street Mont Saint Martin, 51 in Liege and the punch of the bench of test ELG in an oval used of the 08.09.1846 to the 11.07.1893.


Pistolet Francotte

Another with only one barrel.

Photos of "ARSENAL.DE" with my grateful thanks.

Gun of navy mod.1845?

For the armament of the Brig (Duke of the Brabant) which taken row in our squadron on May 25, 1845, it was established a model of rifle, sabre and a gun of navy. Length: 350 mm, weight: 1KG 190, very few known specimens, all dated 1845. A specimen with the museum of the army of Brussels.


It acts of a gun with back lock with percussion manufactured for the Belgian army in 1845 per Auguste Francotte (crowned AF) final acceptance was most probably made by “Manufacture de l’Etat” as the many military punches indicate it on metal and wood.


Many thanks to Christian for the photos and the technicals details

Gun for the slaughter-houses with betails of Francotte


Luger training pistol - 1920

These guns were very snuffed by the officers of the Swiss army and here, it is said that they were especially manufactured for Switzerland, because they reproduce exactly the catch in hand of Parabellum, gun of ordinance of the Confederation at the time. One often sees them in Switzerland in the purses, with prices “sympatic”