Sold For: $1,150
Make: Israel Arms & Ammunition Ltd.
Serial Number: IAA0631
Year of Manufacture: Ca. 1980s
Caliber: 9mm Luger
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Auto with Removable Magazine, Thumb Safety, & Magazine Disconnect Safety
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “KAREEN / ISRAEL” at the front, “J.O. ISRAEL ARMS & AMMUNITION Ltd” in the middle. The frontstrap and right of the slide are each marked “IAA 0631”, the right of the barrel is marked “0631” and the top-right is marked “CAL. 9m/mP”. The butt is import marked “J.O ARM / HOU TX”.
Barrel Length: 4 5/8”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a rounded blade fixed to the front of the slide. The rear sight is a “U”-notch dovetailed to the rear of the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered walnut. The grips have some discoloration and a few scattered minor marks. The checkering is well defined. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Refinished, likely at time of import.
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 96% of its current metal finish. There are a few scattered minor marks through the finish. There are a few nicks and evidence of minor surface oxidation under the finish. The action shows minor operational wear. There is minor handling wear in the grip straps. The screw heads are lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in about Fine condition as refinished.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. It has a safety mounted on the left side of the frame. The magazine disconnect functions properly. The trigger is crisp. We have not fired this pistol. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes with a single 14-round magazine. The magazine has minor operational wear, intact feed lips and a strong spring, in about Very Good-Fine condition. Please note, no magazine will be included for purchasers who reside where it cannot be legally transferred.
Our Assessment: This is an Israeli copy of the Browning Hi-Power that was made in the 1980s. The model is called Kareen and our research indicates that this is an earlier model, likely made with Hungarian parts. The Browning High Power was conceived by John Browning with the design finished by Dieudonne Saive at FN after Browning’s death in 1926. The Hi-Power is one of the most widely used military pistols in history and has been used by the armed forces of over 50 countries. This Israeli copy has fixed sights, wood grips, and the “hog-nose” style slide which extends past the crown of the barrel. In Fine condition as refinished, this Hi-Power clone should make for a nice shooter or addition to a Hi-Power collection. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable (THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS): This Pistol CANNOT be sold as a dealer sale in California but CAN be transferred as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) at our Simi Valley location. Out of state residents can disregard this section – your local laws apply.