Browning Belgium FN Hi Power 9mm Luger 4.5” Pistol MFD 1968 C&R

SOLD FOR: $1,625

WOA#: WY240224CC077

Make: Browning Belgium FN

Model: Hi Power

Serial#: T215785

Year of Manufacture: 1968

Caliber: 9mm Luger

Action Type: Semi-Automatic Pistol, Exposed Hammer, Single Action

Markings: This pistol is marked with the serial on the right side of the frame along with “W / RV” proof marks. The barrel is marked “9m/m” with the Nitro proof mark. The left side of the slide is marked “BROWNING ARMS COMPANY ST LOUIS Mo. & MONTREAL P.Q.

Barrel Length: 4.5”

Sights/ Optics:  The front sight is a dovetail post with serrations, the rear sight is a V-notch Tangent sight that is marked out to 500.

Stock Configuration & Condition/ Grip: The two piece grips are checkered wood.  There are no cracks or chips. The checkering is crisp and the peaks are sharp. There is little to no handling wear evident.  Overall, the grips are in Like-New condition.

Magazine Quantity & Condition: One 15 Round Factory Magazine in Excellent condition.

Type of Finish: Polished Blue

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright. The rifling is sharp. There is no visible erosion in the bore.  In this writer’s opinion the bore rates 10/10.

Overall Condition:  The pistol retains about 100% of its metal finish.  The balance of the finish shows little to no operation wear. The markings are clear. The screwheads are sharp and serviceable. There are no visible imperfections in the finish; this pistol is pristine and gorgeous. Overall, this Hi Power pistol is in Excellent-Like New condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The slide action is smooth. The trigger is crisp. We did not fire this pistol. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards. Has magazine disconnect.

Box Paperwork and Accessories: This pistol comes with a Browning soft case.

Our Assessment:  The Browning Hi-Power pistol, also known as the P35, stands as a hallmark of firearms innovation and reliability since its introduction in 1935. Crafted through a collaboration between renowned firearms engineer John Browning and Dieudonné Saive at Fabrique Nationale (FN) of Belgium, the Hi-Power was a response to a French military requirement for a modern handgun with a high-capacity magazine. Notably, it was among the earliest pistols to feature a double-stack magazine, setting a new standard for ammunition capacity.

Its design boasts several pioneering elements, including a single-action trigger mechanism, a manual safety lever, and a magazine disconnect safety. Chambered initially in 9mm Parabellum, the Hi-Power’s magazine typically holds 13 rounds, providing users with a significant firepower advantage. This, coupled with its ergonomic grip and smooth shooting characteristics, contributed to its widespread adoption by military and law enforcement agencies worldwide.

The Browning Hi-Power quickly earned a reputation for reliability and versatility, becoming the standard-issue sidearm for numerous countries across the globe. Its use extended beyond military and police applications, as civilian shooters also favored it for self-defense, target shooting, and concealed carry. Over the decades, the Hi-Power’s sleek profile and smooth operation endeared it to generations of firearm enthusiasts, cementing its status as an iconic handgun. -R.E.

Browning Belgium FN Hi Power 9mm Luger 4.5” Pistol MFD 1968 C&R
Browning Belgium FN Hi Power 9mm Luger 4.5” Pistol MFD 1968 C&R