About the Handgun:
The Forty-Nine is a striker-fired semi-automatic pistol that uses an improved linkless locking principle intended for police use. It employs a true double-action only (DAO) trigger mechanism, meaning that the hammer is cocked by the trigger pull before every shot. The Forty-Nine has no external (manual) safety switches.
About the Manufacturer:
This company was set up in 1889 by a consortium of Belgium gunmakers in order to manufacture Mauser rifles under license for the Belgian Army. In 1897 FN began a decades-long partnership with John Moses Browning, the most innovative firearms designer in modern history. Within a century it had become one of the worlds major gunmakers. In 1907 FN began the official use of the Browning name in conjunction with their firearms. Most of what FN produced was based on John Browning's designs until the 1970s when they began developing designs of their own. In 1982 FN opened a manufacturing facility in South Carolina to support a US military small arms contract. In 1988 FN became sole owner of Browning USA. Today FN continues to produce both military commercial firearms for the US market from their South Carolina plant.
About the Cartridge:
This cartridge was developed as a joint venture between Winchester and Smith & Wesson. It was an effort to to create a cartridge with the same power as the 10mm Norma round that the FBI had just started using, but in a shorter case. The shorter cartridge would facilitate accuracy and allow use of a smaller, more comfortable grip frame. The .40 S&W has become the cartridge of choice for many law enforcement agencies in the United States.