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December 19, 2000, 09:07 PM
Who/what is FL Selbstlader

4V50 Gary
December 19, 2000, 10:07 PM
Do you mean the FN-FAL self loading (translation of German) rifle?

Steven Mace
December 19, 2000, 11:37 PM
Redu, if you're referring to a handgun it is probably the Langenhan Army Model pistol (a.k.a. F.L. Selbstlader Model I). It was produced by Friedrich Langenhan in Zelia Mehlis, Germany. This was a blowback-operated semiautomatic pistol chambered in .32 ACP. It has a 4" barrel and a detachable 8-shot magazine. The pistol was made with a separate breechblock that is held into the slide by a screw. This feature doomed the pistol to eventual failure as when this screw became worn, it could loosen when firing and allow the breechblock to pivot upwards. The slide would then be propelled rearward and into the face of the shooter. This pistol was produced and used in WWI only, from 1915-1918, and was never offered commercially. It is marked "F.L. Selbstlade DRGM". The finish is blued, the grips are molded rubber, with "F.L." at the top. Today in excellent condition this gun could be worth about $300. Hope this helps!

Steve Mace

James K
December 20, 2000, 12:11 AM
Steven is right on. Disassembly involves unscrewing the large screw at the back of the slide, then pushing up the grooved "stirrup". This unlocks the breechblock and allows the slide to come forward. The breechblock is then pulled backwards to remove it. When reassembling, be sure to tighten the screw with a screwdriver, not just finger tight. If it unloosens in recoil, the stirrup can come jump up and the breechblock will come back in the shooter's face.


Hard Ball
December 20, 2000, 12:23 PM
It's an interesting collectors item, but if I were you, I wouldn't shoot it>

James K
December 21, 2000, 11:11 PM
I agree with Hardball.