SOLD FOR: $1575
Make: Browning, Made by FN in Belgium
Model: Hi Power
Serial Number: 74C21600
Year of Manufacture: 1974 (https://www.browning.com/support/date-your-firearm/hi-power-pistol.htm)
Caliber: 9mm Luger
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Auto with Removable Magazine and Thumb Safety
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “BROWNING ARMS COMPANY MORGAN, UTAH & MONTREAL P.Q. / MADE IN BELGIUM”. The barrel is marked with a Belgian proof mark and “CAL. 9m/mP.”. The right trigger guard bow is marked with a Belgian proof mark, the left trigger guard bow is marked “J”. The bottom flat of the firing pin housing, under the slide, is marked with a Belgian proof mark and small factory markings. There are factory markings on the left side of the barrel lug, on the right there is an inspector’s mark and a factory mark. The front strap is marked “74C21600”.
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 square notch dovetailed to the rear of the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered walnut panels with smooth borders. The grips show a couple minor nicks on the smooth borders, most notably on the bottom, and faint handling marks. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Fine-Excellent 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 97% of its metal finish. There are a few scattered faint marks and light handling wear throughout the metal. There is dried cosmoline in some crevices. The screw heads are sharp and the pins are not peened. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in about Fine-Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. There is a tiny amount of play between the slide and frame. The dried cosmoline has made the safety rather stiff. 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 and a black browning soft case. Please note, no magazine will be included for purchasers who reside where it cannot be legally transferred.
Our Assessment: Browning Hi-Power pistols are known to be quality tried and trusted pistols. They have been the chosen sidearm by armies and police forces across the world throughout the millennia. Manufactured in 1974, this example is in about Fine-Plus condition and has a shiny bore. It will require a thorough cleaning to remove the olde cosmoline. This would make a practical self defense arm or to have in your collection as an early commercial production Hi-Power. Please see our photos and good luck!