SOLD FOR: $1000
Make: Fabrique Nationale FN Browning
Model: 1935 GP (High Power) Buenos Aires Police
Serial Number: 03011
Year of Manufacture: Early 1960’s
Caliber: 9mm Parabellum
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Auto with Detachable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “FABRIQUE NATIONALE D’ARMES DE GUERRE / HERSTAL – BELGIQUE”, “BROWNING’S PATENT DEPOSE”, and with a proof and inspector’s mark. The top rear of the slide is marked with The Argentine crest. The right side of the frame, slide, and chamber are marked with the serial number “03011”. The chamber is marked with two proof marks and an inspector’s mark. The left side of the chamber is marked “CAL.9m/mP”. The bottom flat of the firing pin housing and both sides of the barrel lug contain small factory stamps. The right side of the frame is marked “POLICIA PROV. BS. AIRES-61”.
Barrel Length: 4 5/8”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a rounded blade dovetailed to the front of the slide. The rear sight is a V-notch leaf
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered wood grips. The grips show extensive wear. There are scattered nicks and lines. There is a crack in the bottom of the right panel. The checkering is worn smooth. Overall, the grips rate in about Fair condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright with some scattered light erosion and fouling. The rifling is sharp.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 70% of its metal finish. There is significant thinning at all leading edges. The slide has scattered oxidation and light pitting. The front and back strap shows a thick, dark patina. There is oxidation on the frame and light grime build up where edges meet. There is operational wear. The slide serrations are sharp. The markings are legible. The screw heads are lightly tool marked. Overall, this pistol is in about Good-Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. It has a frame mounted safety and the round hammer has a half cock safety position. This pistol still has a functioning magazine disconnect and the trigger pull is crisp. The slide has minor play on 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 single 13-round magazine. The magazine shows considerable operational thinning with some scattered little marks and light oxidation. The base plate shows a thick patina. The magazine rates in about Good condition. Please note, no magazine will be included where prohibited by law.
Our Assessment: This is an Argentine contract Buenos Aires Police pistol manufactured in the early 1960’s. Taken from Anthony Vanderlinden, “In the post-war era, Argentina purchased thousands of fixed sighted pistols for the Buenos Aires police department, the bulk were purchased in 1960 and shipped in early 1961”. This pistol has solid mechanics and is in proper functioning condition. It would make for a fun little clean-up project. Please see our photos and good luck!