Sold For: $2,348
Make: Fabrique Nationale, made under Nazi German Occupation
Model: P35 High Power WaA103 Variant
Serial Number: 84646
Year of Manufacture: 1941 (Page 327 of “FN Browning Pistols” by A. Vanderlinden)
Caliber: 9mm Parabellum
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Auto with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “FABRIQUE NATIONALE D’ARMES DE GUERRE / HERSTAL BELGIQUE” and “BROWNING’S PATENT DEPOSE”. The left side of the slide and frame are marked with an Eagle holding a globe with swastika (test proof) and an “Eagle / WaA103” Waffenamt military acceptance stamp. The right side of the frame, slide and barrel at the port are marked “84646”. The left front of the trigger guard is marked “MR”. The right side of the barrel at the port is also marked with an Eagle holding a globe with swastika. The front of the slide under the muzzle has “WaA103”. The left side of the barrel above the lug is marked with two “Eagle / WaA103” Waffenamts. The bottom of the butt behind the magazine well has a series of inspection marks.
Barrel Length: 4 5/8”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade dovetailed into a base at the front of the slide with the rear face serrated. The rear sight is a tangent ladder sight pinned into a boss in the top of the slide. The leaf has a “V” notch sight and the ladder is marked from “50” to “500” in increments of 50 meters.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered walnut. The grips show light handling wear, minor discoloration from age and oil, and some scattered light nicks and nicks and scuffs. There is a tiny loss at the bottom-front corner of the right panel. The checkering is generally well defined. There are no cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 70% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at all edges. There is scattered light finish wear, most appearing to be light surface oxidation which has been scrubbed out and handling wear in the grip straps and trigger guard. There is infrequent remaining surface oxidation. The left of the slide has scratching from the slide release during disassembly/reassembly. The action shows light operational wear and the controls have handling wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are generally clear, some inspection marks are poorly struck. Overall, this pistol is in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The magazine disconnect functions properly. The slide has little play to the frame. 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 brown leather flap holster and a total of two 13-round magazines. The holster is marked “dla / 43” and with eagle over “WaA195” (Karl Barth, Militaereffekten-Fabrik, Waldbroehl, Rheinland). The holster shows scattered wear, heaviest on the belt loop and edges of the magazine pouch. The stitching is intact. Overall, the holster is in about Good condition. Each magazine has a waffenamt on the rear, one is not clear, the other is eagle over “WaA103”. The 103 magazine has surface erosion on the top 2/3 of the spine, operational wear, intact feed lips and a strong spring, in about Good condition. The other magazine shows operational wear, intact feed lips and a strong spring, in about Very Good condition. Please note, no magazine will be included for purchasers who reside where they cannot be transferred.
Our Assessment: The Browning High Power pistol is based on a design by American firearms inventor John Browning, and completed by Dieudonné Saive at Fabrique Nationale. Browning died in 1926, several years before the design was finalized. The Hi-Power is one of the most widely utilized military pistols in history, having been used by the armed forces of over 50 countries. The Hi Power name didn’t refer to the cartridge, but to its 13 round magazine, holding five more than the Luger and six more than the Colt 1911. Its high magazine capacity and ergonomic grip frame have made it a favorite among civilian shooters as a carry pistol and for home defense. The High Power was adopted by the Belgian military and the early pistols were equipped with a tangent rear sight and a grip that was slotted for a wooden stock. When Germany invaded Belgium, they took over the FN plant and continued making the High Power, but soon dropped the grooved grip after stocks of pre-invasion parts were used-up. Guns made with tangent sights included WaA613, WaA103 and WaA140 inspection marks before the tangent sights were replaced with fixed sights to help increase production. This pistol was made in 1941 in the WaA103 inspection mark range. The pistol has matching serial numbers on the barrel, slide and frame and the inspection marks and proofs are proper for this configuration and serial range. The pistol is in about Very Good condition with 70% of its finish remaining. The bore is bright with sharp rifling and no erosion. The mechanics are strong. The pistol comes with a brown leather top flap holster made in Germany in 1943 and with two modern magazines. This will make a great addition to a Hi Power or WWII small arms 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 C&R Pistol CAN be sold as a dealer sale in California and CAN be transferred as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) as our Simi Valley location. All C&R firearms must be transferred through your local dealer OR at our Simi Valley location; we cannot ship directly to a C&R holder in California. Out of state residents can disregard this section – your local laws apply.