SOLD FOR: $1305
Make: Browning, Made by FN in Belgium, Assembled in Portugal
Model: Hi Power Practical Model
Serial Number: 245NV53568
Year of Manufacture: 1995 (https://www.browning.com/support/date-your-firearm/hi-power-pistol.html)
Caliber: 9mm Luger
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Auto with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “BROWNING ARMS COMPANY MORGAN, UTAH & MONTREAL P.Q.”. The right side of the slide is marked “MADE IN BELGIUM / ASSEMBLED IN PORTUGAL”. The bottom flat of the firing pin housing is marked with a Belgian proof, “* / Y” inspection mark, and a “4” in a hexagon. The barrel is marked “CAL. 9mm LUGER”. The right side of the barrel lug is marked with a Belgian proof and a “* / F” inspector’s mark and “E”. The bottom of the barrel lug is marked “4” in a half hexagon. The right side of the frame is marked with the serial number and the right side of the trigger guard bow is marked with a Belgian proof.
Barrel Length: 4 5/8”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a rear sloping blade with a white line integral to a base that is fixed to the slide. The rear sight is a square notch with two white lines that is dovetailed to the barrel.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered rubber pieces. The main piece envelops the front strap and the back strap piece is secured by the main piece. There is a Browning buckmark medallion on either side. The grips show no notable imperfections and there are no rips or tears. The checkering is sharp and uninterrupted. Overall, the grips rate in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Silver Chrome Frame, Black Epoxy Slide
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 99% of its metal finish. There is a light mark on the right side of the frame from contact with the ambidextrous safety. The action has minor operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger is crisp. The disconnect safety is present and functional. 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 in a serial matching grey hard case with two 10-round magazines and a manual.
Our Assessment: The Browning Hi-Power is a single-action, semi-automatic handgun available in the 9mm and .40 S&W calibers. It was based on a design by American firearms inventor John Browning, and completed by Dieudonné Saive at Fabrique Nationale (FN) of Herstal, Belgium. Browning died in 1926, several years before the design was finalized. FN Herstal initially named the design the “High Power”, which alludes to the 13-round magazine capacity, almost twice that of other designs at the time, such as the Luger or Colt M1911. This example is a beautiful Hi Power Practical Model pistol from FN Browning manufactured in 1995 and assembled in Portugal. It comes in its original serial matching hard case with a total of two 10-round magazines. This is a truly gorgeous pistol. The juxtaposition of the silver chrome frame and the black epoxy slide gives a sharp appearance. It has either hardly been shot in the last 26 years or has been extremely well kept, or both. Any lucky bidder would be privileged to win this one. Please see our photos and good luck!