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Gun that started I world war - Gavrilo Princip’s FN M1910 (serial number 19074)


Gavrilo Princip’s assassination of Austria-Hungary’s Archduke Franz Ferdinand is perhaps one of history’s best known assassinations.  It catalysed the political, bureaucratic and martial wranglings which saw Europe’s slow descent into the Great War. Princip’s first round entered the Archduke’s neck piercing his jugular, cutting the vein and lodging itself in his spine.  The .380 ACP projectile mushroomed as it struck Franz Ferdinand’s neck tissues losing its momentum before lodging in his spinal column, probably somewhere in his Cervical vertebrae.   Considering how difficult to pick up theModel 1910’s sights are Princip was either extremely lucky to hit the Archduke or was a skilled snap shooter.