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FN Herstal 140DA


The 140DA autoloading pistol uses a dependable, blowback action design with a removable magazine. 140DA pistols incorporate features that reflect the significant improvements and original ideas he contributed during more than 25 years of designing pistols. Since then, we have produced a variety of models designed for sportsmen, competitive target shooters, law enforcement and personal defense. In every sense, the 140DA pistol is a true Browning, giving you the kind of shooting enjoyment and dependability you've come to expect from the world’s most respected gun company.

The 140DA Pistol was introduced in 1977 (and discontinued in 1997) as a compact and lightweight pistol for police and civilian use. The gun was manufactured in Italy under contract from FN Herstal (Belgium) and marketed as FN model 140DA (in Europe) or Browning BDA 380 (in USA). Some sources said that 140DA is a copy of Beretta 84, but close inspection shows some differences (i.e. Beretta 84 has frame mounted safety while 140DA has slide mounted safety). The manufacture of the 140DA was ceased circa 1997. It was adopted by Belgian police.

The BDA 140DA is a blowback operated, double action semi automatic pistol. It has aluminum alloy frame and steel slide. Ambidextrous slide mounted safety switch disconnects the trigger from the hammer when engaged. The pistol featured low profile fixed sights and was available in either polished steel or blued finish, with wooden grip panels.

Made By: 140DA; FN Herstal (Belgium)
Produced: 1977 – 1997

Caliber: .380 ACP
Capacity: 13+1 rounds
Other caliber: 7.65mm

Type: Compact
Weight: 24.0 oz
Length: 6.8"
Height: 4.8"
Width: 1.38"
Barrel Length: 3.8"
Sight Radius: 4.9"

Operation: Semi-automatic, Blowback
Trigger: DA/SA
Frame: Alloy
Grip: Smooth wood or Checkered / polymer
Sights: Fixed
Safety: Ambidextrous slide-mounted / manual safety
Hammer: Solid
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