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Browning signs on with FN (1897)

July 17

July 17, 1897 A contract between Browning and Fabrique Nationale was signed which authorized the Belgium firm to manufacture a blowback operated, 32 caliber semi-automatic pistol for all markets outside the United States. Production commenced in 1899.

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Militia Act of 1862

July 17

July 17, 1862 enacted by the 37th United States Congress during the American Civil War allowed African-Americans to participate as war laborers and soldiers for the first timeil Wart

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