SOLD FOR: $1620
Make: Browning, Made by FN in Belgium, Assembled in Portugal
Model: Hi Power Silver Chrome Finish
Serial Number: 245NW65464
Year of Manufacture: 1994 (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, “* / A” 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 “* / A” inspector’s mark and “M”. The bottom of the barrel lug is marked “4” in a 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 tall rear sloping serrated blade integral to a base that is fixed to the slide. The rear sight is a serrated square notch that is adjustable for windage and elevation and 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. The left side has a thumb rest and the right side has an index shelf. There is a Browning buckmark medallion on either side. The grips show light handling wear. The checkering is sharp and uninterrupted. Overall, the grips rate in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Also included is a set of serrated black VZ Pro Slim grips that show no perceptible wear and are in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Silver Chrome
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 light fouling in the grooves.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 99% of its metal finish. There are just a couple faint marks on the left side of the frame. 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 magazine disconnect safety has been deactivated. The trigger is crisp. 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 grey plastic Browning hard case with a single 13-round magazine 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 is a beautiful commercial Hi Power pistol from FN Browning manufactured in 1994. This is a truly gorgeous pistol. It has either hardly been shot in the last 27 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!