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In hunting for m/1907 pistols, one elusive variation has been, for me, the elusive Air Force Contract. There are examples of the m/1907 with Air Force unit markings but all that I have seen, thus far, are pistols transferred from the Army and not the original Air Force contract guns. The distinguishing mark for the original factory contract pistols is a 'F' prefix to the serial number. I suspect that the significance of this subtle marking has been easily overlooked by gun owners and neither noted or reported. Thus far, I have not seen any indication as to how many pistols may have been included in the original contract, but in time that number may be revealed.

After some year of hunting, I recently had my chance to acquire an excellent example of an Air Force contract pistol. To my great satisfaction, the pistol is fully serial number matched both outside and inside and in excellent overall condition:

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The pistol has revealed considerable information on this variation that had not be available in my previous references:

1. It helped confirm the serial number range for a contract pistol. This pistols serial number of F48363 is consistent with the F48522 referenced by Arne Thell in his monograph on the m/1907.
2. As the 'F' marking is in a different font and individually hand stamped, the contract was fulfilled by diverting already produced frames.
2. The single line slide marking placed in among later production pistols
3. As the Swedish Air Force (Flygvapen) was formally established in 1926, the pistol had to be produced after that date.
4. The inspector mark, 'GB' for Captain Gustaf Björkenstam, indicates that the pistol was manufactured in 1934 or later.
5. Thell's monograph indicates that Husqvarna Factory records showed no deliveries of m/1907 pistols to the military in the years 1934 to 1937. In 1938 there were 900 delivered as production was increased as political tensions grew in Europe.

Unlike the way that m/1896 rifles and carbines serial numbers can be closely aligned with dates, Husqvarna production of the m/1907 pistol is a jumble. There are only a few guide posts that are developing to help make estimations. And with those guide posts we can, at this time, only estimate that the Air Force contract pistols were among those made in 1938 or shortly thereafter.

If you are fortunate enough to have an 'F' prefix m/1907, perhaps you can share the serial number with me via PM so I can add it to my master listing. It would be appreciated.
 

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In hunting for m/1907 pistols, one elusive variation has been, for me, the elusive Air Force Contract. There are examples of the m/1907 with Air Force unit markings but all that I have seen, thus far, are pistols transferred from the Army and not the original Air Force contract guns. The distinguishing mark for the original factory contract pistols is a 'F' prefix to the serial number. I suspect that the significance of this subtle marking has been easily overlooked by gun owners and neither noted or reported. Thus far, I have not seen any indication as to how many pistols may have been included in the original contract, but in time that number may be revealed.

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Unlike the way that m/1896 rifles and carbines serial numbers can be closely aligned with dates, Husqvarna production of the m/1907 pistol is a jumble. There are only a few guide posts that are developing to help make estimations. And with those guide posts we can, at this time, only estimate that the Air Force contract pistols were among those made in 1938 or shortly thereafter.
Husqvarna Contracts from 1938-08 onwards:
Contract dateContracted DeliveryOrdered By Number
1936-08-18​
1936-10-01 – 1937-06-18​
KATD​
Pistol m/07​
1000​
1938-08-01​
Kung Flygförvaltningen​
Pistol m/07​
1100​
1938-09-28​
1939-09-01​
Kung Flygförvaltningen​
Pistol m/07​
600​
1939-09-02​
1939-10-14​
Marinförvaltningen​
Pistol m/07​
200​
1939-09-06​
1940-09-06​
KATD​
Pistol m/07​
1000​
1939-09-26​
1940-05-30​
Kung Flygförvaltningen​
Pistol m/07​
500​
1939-11-28​
Kung Flygförvaltningen​
Pistol m/07​
150​
1939-12-23​
CGS Gevärsfaktori​
Pistol m/07​
2000​
1940-03-06​
CGS Gevärsfaktori​
Pistol m/07​
30000​
1940-03-12​
Kung Flygförvaltningen​
Pistol m/07​
325​
1940-04-03​
Marinförvaltningen​
Pistol m/07​
280​


And the October 1941 inventory:
Air Force 2 649
"Marinen" 3 315
Army 86 879

So that means Air Force hardly had any m/07 before Agust 36.
Note that Air force hardly existed before 1936, the independent air arm where introduced in 1926 but they kinda forgot the funding.
Or rather
"the only thing the Army and the "Marinen" could agree on in the twenties was to keep the Air force down"
- CA Erensvärd
So sidearms were very low on the priorities up to 1936, when they actually got much increased budget.


Kind Regards
/John
 
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