SOLD FOR: $1667
Make: Fabrique Nationale
Model: GP Competition (Hi Power)
Serial Number: 245PR05957
Year of Manufacture: 1987 (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 “FABRIQUE NATIONALE HERSTAL BELGIQUE / BROWNING’S PATENT DEPOSE”. The barrel is marked “CAL. 9m/mP.” over the serial number. The right of the slide is marked with the serial number and “CASSI INC COLO SPGS. CO.”. The right front of the trigger guard is marked with Belgian proofs. The right side of the frame is marked with the serial number. The bottom flat of the slide has proofs and inspection marks and the bottom of the barrel lug is marked with a boxed “7”.
Barrel Length: 6”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade integral to the barrel bushing. The rear sight is a square notch adjustable for windage and elevation, recessed and pinned to the rear of the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered black rubber Pachmayr signature grips that cover the front and backstraps. They have some light wear to the checkering. The piece that covers the front strap has some little tears where it meets the side panels, mostly on the right side. The grips rate in about Very Good-Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore but there is some stubborn fouling against the grooves.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 95% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at the edges. There are some scattered scuffs and rubs that have lightly thinned the finish. There are some standard operational marks and light handling wear. The markings are clear. There is light wear to the bushing screw sockets. Overall, this pistol is in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: Due to California law, we cannot assemble this pistol for a proper function check (or for photos). There is nothing to indicate that the action will not function correctly. It has a safety mounted on the left side of 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 total of one 13-round magazine and a Browning soft case. There are some patches of black finish on the baseplate. The magazine shows minor operational wear, intact feed lips and a strong spring, in about Fine condition. Please note, no magazine will be included for buyers who reside where they cannot be legally transferred. The case has a few light scuffs and marks ot the exterior and a few spots of light wear and discoloration to the interior, in about Fine condition.
Our Assessment: This is an FN GP Competition made in Belgium in 1987. Essentially, it is a Hi Power which has been upgraded for competition use. 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 pistol takes it a step further with a 6″ barrel with a bushing and threaded barrel nut as well as a fully adjustable rear sight. The Belgian Hi-Powers enjoy a reputation for quality and reliability, and this GP Competition pistol should last for decades. However, it is in Fine condition and the Belgian Hi Powers have a dedicated following, so the collectors will be interested, too. Please see our photos and good luck!