×
Aviation & Aerospace - Airpower 2024 - Aircraft by Country - Aircraft Manufacturers Vehicles & Artillery - Armor 2024 - Armor by Country - Armor Manufacturers Infantry Small Arms - Warfighter 2024 - Small Arms by Country - Arms Manufacturers Warships & Submarines - Navies 2024 - Ships by Country - Shipbuilders U.S. Military Pay 2024 Military Ranks Special Forces by Country

Browning BDA (Browning Double-Action)


Semi-Automatic Pistol / Military Service Sidearm


Belgium | 1983



"The Browning BDA semi-automatic pistol of the mid-1980s was based on the proven Browning High-Power / GP35 model of the mid-1930s."



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 01/30/2017 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site; No A.I. was used in the generation of this content.
Designed in 1983, the Browning BDA ("Browning Double-Action") was another semi-automatic pistol form to emerge from Fabrique Nationale of Herstal, Belgium and based on the classic John Browning work. It mimicked the form and function of the pre-World War 2 FN "GP35" model which ended as Browning's last contribution to guns (he died in 1926). The BDA went on to find only limited value in a crowded Double-Action (DA) pistol market which led to restricted production totals - manufacture of the product was given up as early as 1987. There were also concerns as to the product's quality control.

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.

Content ©MilitaryFactory.com; No Reproduction Permitted.
Physical
The physical qualities of the Browning BDA (Browning Double-Action). Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
200 mm
7.87 in
O/A Length
118 mm
4.65 in
Barrel Length
2.03 lb
0.92 kg
Weight
Short-Recoil; Locked Breech; Semi-Automatic
Action
9x19mm Parabellum; 9x21mm IMI
Caliber(s)
7-, 14- or 15-round detachable box magazine
Feed
Iron front and rear
Sights
Performance
Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Browning BDA (Browning Double-Action). Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
164 ft
50.0 m | 54.7 yds
Max.Eff.Range
12
Rounds-Per-Minute
Rate-of-Fire
1,148 ft/sec
350 m/sec
Muzzle Velocity
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Browning BDA (Browning Double-Action) Semi-Automatic Pistol / Military Service Sidearm family line.
Browning BDA ("Browning Double-Action") - Base Series Designation.
BDA-9S - Original designation
BDA-9M / BDAM - Medium frame model
BDA-9C / BDAC - Compact frame model
BDAO ("Browning Double-Action Only") - Revised trigger system.
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Browning BDA (Browning Double-Action). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national small arms listing.

Contractor(s): FN Herstal - Belgium / Browning - USA
National flag of Finland National flag of the United States

[ Finland; United States ]
1 / 1
Image of the Browning BDA (Browning Double-Action)
Left side view of the Browning DBA semi-automatic pistol

Design Qualities
Some designs are single-minded in their approach while others offer a more versatile solution to requirements.
PISTOL/SIDEARM
Recognition
Some designs stand the test of time while others are doomed to never advance beyond the drawing board; let history be their judge.
Going Further...
The Browning BDA (Browning Double-Action) Semi-Automatic Pistol / Military Service Sidearm appears in the following collections:
HOME
SMALL ARMS INDEX
SPECIAL FORCES
ARMS BY COUNTRY
ARMS MANUFACTURERS
COMPARE ARMS
ARMS BY CONFLICT
ARMS BY TYPE
ARMS BY DECADE
COLD WAR ARMS
MODERN SMALL ARMS
Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Cookies

2024 Military Pay Scale Military Ranks U.S. DoD Dictionary Conversion Calculators Military Alphabet Code Military Map Symbols US 5-Star Generals WW2 Weapons by Country

The "Military Factory" name and MilitaryFactory.com logo are registered ® U.S. trademarks protected by all applicable domestic and international intellectual property laws. All written content, illustrations, and photography are unique to this website (unless where indicated) and not for reuse/reproduction in any form. Material presented throughout this website is for historical and entertainment value only and should not to be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation. We do not sell any of the items showcased on this site. Please direct all other inquiries to militaryfactory AT gmail.com. No A.I. was used in the generation of this content.

Part of a network of sites that includes Global Firepower, WDMMA.org, WDMMW.org, and World War Next.


©2024 www.MilitaryFactory.com • All Rights Reserved • Content ©2003-2024 (21yrs)