Home Online shop About us Historic review of vbr weapon designs
© Rik Van Bruaene

History of the

VBR-GP

Van Bruaene Rik Metalworking

Problem analysis The idea for the develop of the VBR-GP is based on the selection criteria of the Roeselare Police (Belgium) to select a new pistol to replace the Smith & Wesson revolvers. On the shooting range, several police officer which were used on the revolver grip-barrel angle, shot in the floor of the shooting range during instinctive defense fire or fire from out the hip with the Browning Hi-Power. The cause of this phenomenon was the difference in the grip-barrel angle of the revolver compared to the Browning Hi-Power pistol angle. The Browning Hi-Power was called in Belgium “GP” which was a shortened name for the French “Grande Puissance” and was the most likely replacement pistol for the Smith & Wesson revolvers. Also the Browning Hi-Power was in use by the Belgian Army. To adapt the grip-barrel angel of the GP a new frame was needed which had identities much closer to the basic identities of the Smith & Wesson revolver. With the VBR-GP frame the pistol was automatic pointed strait forwards during instinctive fire from the hip. To achieve this, only a new frame and magazine was needed, the barrel and slide could be used from the Browning Hi-Power. So, the standard slide and barrel form the Browning Hi-power where interchangeable with the VBR-GP frame. The VBR-GP frame was designed and made in the year 1989 by Rik Van Bruaene in the workshop for metalworking in Roeselare (Belgium) and was also liked by several police officers at that time wearing a Smith & Wesson revolver with a poor six round cylinder.

Officially Registered model nr. 18592-00 in Belgium at 15-

03-1989

 

The model of the VBR-GP frame is registered in Belgium under the number 18592-00 dd 15.03.1989 with the name “Revolverframe met magazijn” and as Registrar Mr. Rik Van Bruaene by the patent office KOB at Kortrijk (Belgium).(Copyright protected) Of course, FN Herstal was informed about the problems with the Browning Hi-Power. At 12 July 1989, Rik Van Bruaene was invited to present the VBR- GP concept at FN Herstal (Belgium). This prototype is manufactured by Rik Van Bruaene and was the VBR-GP. The VBR-GP pistol was designed as a semi-automatic handgun with the aesthetics of a revolver. This to minimize the difference in shooting habits by the step over from revolver to the pistol... At 27 June 1989, the VBR-GP was presented at FN Herstal. This was an important day for VBR-Belgium, because FN Herstal was interested in the model but had not the financial means to manufacture a new frame. The agreement was that FN Herstal did like to cooperate on the project by supplying the Browning Hi- Power sides and the barrels. Only the frame needed to be manufactured at VBR-Belgium. Unfortunately, the infrastructure of the VBR-Belgium metal workshop did not satisfy to the high demands of the Belgian Government. The VBR-GP feels like a revolver but is a pistol. Compared to the Browning Hi-Power magazine of 13 rounds, the VBR-GP has a magazine capacity of 18 rounds. This was a huge increase of fire power  compared to the cylinder capacity of six rounds from the Smith & Wesson duty revolvers. The VBR-GP uses a Browning Hi-Power slide and barrel. The VBR-GP has no cylinder like a revolver but a 18 rounds box magazine. The designer of the VBR-GP Mr. Rik Van Bruaene from VBR-Belgium
Click on the bars for more info
History VBR-GP from VBR-Belgium. Browning Hi-Power, GP, Grande Puissance, FN Herstal, Rik Van Bruaene, Registered model revolver frame Smith & Wesson
VBR-Belgium clothing for Personal Defense
More info
VBR-Belgium standard cut resistant T-shirt Coolmax-Cutyarn- Polyester level 5 in child sizes to big adult size 5XL
More info
VBR-Belgium standard cut resistant T-shirt Coolmax-Cutyarn- Polyester level 5 with long sleeves
More info
VBR-Belgium white cut resistant T-shirt Coolmax-Cutyarn- Coolmax level 5. With a soft Coolmax mesh in contact with the skin.
More info
VBR-Belgium red cut resistant T-shirt Jersey- Cutyarn-Coolmax level 5. With a soft Coolmax mesh in contact with the skin.
More info
VBR-Belgium gray cut resistant T-shirt Cutyarn- Coolmax level 5. With a soft Coolmax mesh in contact with the skin.
More info
VBR-Belgium Spectra- Coolmax mix cut resistant T-shirt level 5. Feels fresh to the skin.
More info
VBR-Belgium Spectra- Coolmax mix cut resistant T-shirt level 5 with long sleeves. Feels fresh to the skin.
More info
VBR-Belgium stab resistant multi-layer cut resistant T-shirt Combat Alpha
More info
VBR-Belgium stab resistant multi-layer cut resistant T-shirt Combat Bravo Full Protection
More info
VBR-Belgium Piquet- Spectra-Polyester cut resistant polo shirt level 5 with short sleeves
More info
VBR-Belgium piquet- Spectra-Polyester cut resistant polo shirt level 5 with long sleeves
More info
VBR-Belgium Combat Pants with water-repellent cotton exterior and 360 ° cut resistant Cutyarn level 5
VBR-Belgium started the development of personal defense clothing and uses therefore the excellent materials of American brands like Kevlar form Dupont and Spectra from Honeywell
More info
VBR-Belgium Cut resistant and water-repellent black Cordura vest
Deliveries in the USA only !
Cut resistant T-shirts Cut resistant Polo shirts
© Rik Van Bruaene

History of the

VBR-GP

Van Bruaene Rik Metalworking

Problem analysis The idea for the develop of the VBR-GP is based on the selection criteria of the Roeselare Police (Belgium) to select a new pistol to replace the Smith & Wesson revolvers. On the shooting range, several police officer which were used on the revolver grip-barrel angle, shot in the floor of the shooting range during instinctive defense fire or fire from out the hip with the Browning Hi-Power. The cause of this phenomenon was the difference in the grip- barrel angle of the revolver compared to the Browning Hi-Power pistol angle. The Browning Hi-Power was called in Belgium “GP” which was a shortened name for the French “Grande Puissance” and was the most likely replacement pistol for the Smith & Wesson revolvers. Also the Browning Hi-Power was in use by the Belgian Army. To adapt the grip-barrel angel of the GP a new frame was needed which had identities much closer to the basic identities of the Smith & Wesson revolver. With the VBR-GP frame the pistol was automatic pointed strait forwards during instinctive fire from the hip. To achieve this, only a new frame and magazine was needed, the barrel and slide could be used from the Browning Hi-Power. So, the standard slide and barrel form the Browning Hi-power where interchangeable with the VBR-GP frame. The VBR-GP frame was designed and made in the year 1989 by Rik Van Bruaene in the workshop for metalworking in Roeselare (Belgium) and was also liked by several police officers at that time wearing a Smith & Wesson revolver with a poor six round cylinder.

Officially Registered

model nr. 18592-00 in

Belgium at 15-03-1989

 

The model of the VBR-GP frame is registered in Belgium under the number 18592-00 dd 15.03.1989 with the name “Revolverframe met magazijn” and as Registrar Mr. Rik Van Bruaene by the patent office KOB at Kortrijk (Belgium).(Copyright protected) Of course, FN Herstal was informed about the problems with the Browning Hi-Power. At 12 July 1989, Rik Van Bruaene was invited to present the VBR-GP concept at FN Herstal (Belgium). This prototype is manufactured by Rik Van Bruaene and was the VBR- GP. The VBR-GP pistol was designed as a semi- automatic handgun with the aesthetics of a revolver. This to minimize the difference in shooting habits by the step over from revolver to the pistol... At 27 June 1989, the VBR- GP was presented at FN Herstal. This was an important day for VBR- Belgium, because FN Herstal was interested in the model but had not the financial means to manufacture a new frame. The agreement was that FN Herstal did like to cooperate on the project by supplying the Browning Hi- Power sides and the barrels. Only the frame needed to be manufactured at VBR- Belgium. Unfortunately, the infrastructure of the VBR- Belgium metal workshop did not satisfy to the high demands of the Belgian Government. The VBR-GP feels like a revolver but is a pistol. Compared to the Browning Hi-Power magazine of 13 rounds, the VBR-GP has a magazine capacity of 18 rounds. This was a huge increase of fire power  compared to the cylinder capacity of six rounds from the Smith & Wesson duty revolvers. The VBR-GP uses a Browning Hi-Power slide and barrel. The VBR-GP has no cylinder like a revolver but a 18 rounds box magazine. The designer of the VBR-GP Mr. Rik Van Bruaene from VBR-Belgium
History VBR-GP from VBR-Belgium. Browning Hi-Power, GP, Grande Puissance, FN Herstal, Rik Van Bruaene, Registered model revolver frame Smith & Wesson
Deliveries in the USA only !
Site navigation Click on the bars for more info
VBR-Belgium started the development of personal defense clothing and uses therefore the excellent materials of American brands like Kevlar form Dupont and Spectra from Honeywell
VBR-Belgium anti stabbing shirt Combat Alpha
VBR-Belgium anti stabbing shirt Combat Bravo Full Protection
More info
VBR-Belgium Cut resistant T-shirt
VBR-Belgium Cut resistant T-shirt
VBR-Belgium Cut resistant T-shirt
More info
VBR-Belgium Cut resistant Spectra- Coolmax T-shirt
VBR-Belgium cut resistant under clothing cut resistant  T-shirt and boxer shorts
VBR-Belgium Cut resistant rain jacket
More info More info More info More info More info More info