Browning BDA (Browning Double-Action)
The Browning BDA semi-automatic pistol of the mid-1980s was based on the proven Browning High-Power / GP35 model of the mid-1930s.
Detailing the development and operational history of the Browning BDA (Browning Double-Action) Semi-Automatic Pistol / Military Service Sidearm.Entry last updated on 1/30/2017; Authored by Staff Writer; Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com
The design was chambered for the popular 9x19mm Parabellum cartridge firing from a 14-round magazine (detachable) inserted into the base of the grip. The slide featured the usual ribbing along its sides for a firm grip and iron sights over the weapon gave some capability for accurized fire. It included a revised trigger guard (when compared to the GP35) and, while developed as a DA model, could be reworked to become a Single-Action (SA) model if desired. The decocking lever was ambidextrous and the magazine catch could be set to either the right or left side of the gun. A firing pin safety feature only allowed firing through complete and proper management of the trigger.
The BDA went on to see large-scale acceptance with only the Finnish Army (as its standard-issue service pistol). Other variants in the line included a medium and compact sized form. The Browning Double-Action Only (BDAO) was given an altogether different trigger which automatically decocked the hammer after each firing.
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Browning BDA (Browning Double-Action) Specifications
Type: Semi-Automatic Pistol / Military Service Sidearm
Manufacturer(s): FN Herstal - Belgium / Browning - USA