Baby Browning: The Cold War Pistol of Last Resort
Favored by assassins, special operations, and saboteurs
The FN “Baby Browning” were manufactured by Fabrique Nacionale and copies are still made to this day. It was based on a ‘vest pocket’ pistol and carried six rounds – almost half a million have been manufactured to date, and were a favorite of Cold War assassins.
It was designed by John Moses Browning to fit in a business man's vest pocket, the one usually reserved for coins. The VP was never imported for sale in the U.S., but many were brought home from Europe members of the U.S. Armed Forces. They are prized by collectors and would make a great vintage piece for a Cold War spy movie.
In June 1983, three divers were killed attempting to enter South Korea by crossing the Imjin River They were killed by alerts guards, and were found with suicide pills, cameras, and suppressed Baby Brownings.
When it comes to assassins, make sure you’ve got their kit right, as they have to operate behind enemy lines, with a low profile, and plenty of passports and cash.