SOLD FOR: $1280
Make: Browning, Made by Fabrique Nationale in Belgium
Serial Number: 245PZ51470
Year of Manufacture: 1981 (https://www.browning.com/support/date-your-firearm/hi-power-pistol.html)
Caliber: 9mm Luger
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Auto with Removable Magazine, Thumb Safety
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “BROWNING ARMS COMPANY MORGAN, UTAH & MONTREAL P.Q.”, the right is marked “MADE IN BELGIUM / BY FABRIQUE NATIONALE HERSTAL”. The barrel is marked with “CAL. 9 m/mP / 245PZ51470”. The right front of the trigger guard is marked with Belgian proofs and the left is marked “X”. The front strap is marked “245PZ51470”.
Barrel Length: 4 5/8”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramped blade integral to a pedestal set on the front of the slide. The rear sight is a square notch in a cylindrical fitting on a dovetailed base that is adjustable for windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece black G10 with smooth borders and a dimpled pattern. There are a few light handling marks. The texturing is sharp. Overall, the grips are in about Excellent condition. Also included are checkered wood grips. They have some little dings and minor scrapes through the finish. The checkering is mainly strong with light rub wear. The wood grips rate in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 93% of its metal finish. There are some scattered spots of light surface oxidation. The oxidation is generally evenly scattered but the heaviest and most notable is on the left side of the slide at the front. There are a few hairline scratches and draglines. There is standard operational wear. The rear sight screws show some marks and the grip screw sockets are strong. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. It has a safety mounted on the left side of the frame. There is a magazine disconnect safety. 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 an olive green soft case, wood grips, grip screws, and a pair of MecGar 10-round magazines. The case has light wear and rates in about Excellent condition. The magazines have some light wear and rate in about Excellent condition. The grips have some little dings and minor scrapes through the finish. The checkering is mainly strong with light rub wear. The wood grips rate in about Fine condition.
Our Assessment: This is a Browning Hi-Power that was made by FN in Belgium in 1981. It has a high polished blue finish, adjustable sights, and comes with two aftermarket magazines. This pistol is in about Very Good condition with some scattered oxidation but nothing that will hinder shooting performance. The Browning High Power is one of the most reliable pistols made and has been used by more armies throughout the world than just about any other, including Britain’s Special Air Service. It has an all-steel slide and frame, unlike some of the more modern high capacity semi-autos, and the pistol can stand up to tens of thousands of rounds through it without problems of any kind: try that with an alloy framed Beretta or Sig-Sauer. This pistol was made in the last decade of the “Belgian Brownings” and the fit and finish will probably never be duplicated on the pistols being made and assembled outside of Belgium. Please see our photos and good luck!