Browning Belgium FN Hi-Power 9mm Nickel 4.7” Semi-Auto Pistol MFD 1969 C&R

SOLD FOR: $1,075

WOA#: WY240224CC081

Make: Browning Belgium FN

Model: Hi-Power

Serial#: 69C22671

Year of Manufacture: 1969

Caliber: 9mm Luger

Action Type: Semi-Automatic Pistol, Exposed Hammer, Single Action, fed by detachable magazines.

Markings: The right side of the frame is marked “69C22671” and a proof mark. The Chamber is marked “CAL. 9 m/mP.” and a proof.  The left side of the slide is marked “BROWNING ARMS COMPANY ST LOUIS Mo. & MONTREAL P.Q.  /   MADE IN BELGIUM”. The left side of the trigger guard is stamped with a “5”.

Barrel Length: 4.7”

Sights/ Optics: The front sight is a half moon blade affixed to the slide. The rear sight is a small U notch sight dovetailed into the slide. The top of the slide has a Matte finish to help reduce glare.

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 present. Overall, the grips are in Excellent condition.

Magazine Quantity & Condition: Three 13 Round Factory Magazines one in Excellent condition and two in Good Condition.

Type of Finish: Nickel 

Finish Originality: Refinished.

Bore Condition: The bore is bright. The rifling is sharp. There is no visible erosion in the bore. The feed ramp is smooth and shiny.  In this writer’s opinion the bore rates 9/10.

Overall Condition:  The pistol retains about 99% of its refinished metal finish.  The balance of the finish shows some minor surface scratches and marks. The markings are clear. The screwheads are sharp and serviceable. Overall, this Hi Power pistol is in Excellent  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. This pistol has a magazine disconnect and left side thumb safety.

Box Paperwork and Accessories: This pistol includes a Browning soft case and three magazines.

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 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. This example has been refinished to have a high shine and matte nickel finish and will make a head turning addition to any Browning or Hi-power collection.  Please see our photos and best of luck with your bidding!!!- R.L.

Browning Belgium FN Hi-Power 9mm Nickel 4.7” Semi-Auto Pistol MFD 1969 C&R
Browning Belgium FN Hi-Power 9mm Nickel 4.7” Semi-Auto Pistol MFD 1969 C&R