SOLD FOR: $3301
Make: Fabrique Nationale FN Browning
Model: 1935 GP (High Power) Pre-War
Serial Number: 12234
Year of Manufacture: 1935-1939
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 right side of the frame and slide and the left protected portion of the chamber are marked “12234”. The chamber is marked with two Belgian proofs, an inspector’s mark, and “CAL 9m/mP”. The right side of the trigger guard bow is marked “4N4”. The left side of the frame under the panel is marked “A” in a box. The left side of the mainspring housing bears three small factory markings. The underside of the firing pin housing has two small factory markings. The bottom of the chamber is marked “B”.
Barrel Length: 4 5/8”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade dovetailed to a boss at the front of the slide. The rear sight is a “V”-notch type 1 tangent sight in a base integral to the slide. The arm graduates from “50” to “500” meters.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered wood grips. The backstrap is slotted for a shoulder stock (not included). The grips show light-moderate wear with the most notable imperfection being a smooth rub in the middle of the checkering on the left panel. There are a few nicks and scratches along the smooth borders of the panels. The panels have darkened with age. Aside from the smooth spot, the checkering is generally sharp. Overall, the grips are in about Good-Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is some very faint erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 80% of its metal refinish. There is thinning at all leading edges and a small spot of finish loss on the right side of the slide. There is scattered faint surface oxidation throughout. There are nicks at scratches that are most notable on the top of the slide and the grip straps. 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 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 two 13-round magazines. And a Canadian Z.L.&T. canvas holster dated 1944. Please note, no magazines will be included where prohibited by law.
Our Assessment: FN started producing the Hi-Power pistol in May 1935, the first pistols being assembled on May 15, 1935. This is a pre-war Hi-Power with a Canadian Z.L.&T canvas holster. This pistol has a bright bore and strong mechanics and retains about 80% of its metal refinish. Please see our photos and good luck!