SOLD FOR: $1276.67
Make: Browning; Made by FN in Belgium
Model: Hi Power
Serial Number: 245PR43988
Year of Manufacture: 1987 (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 / BY FABRIQUE NATIONALE HERSTAL”. The barrel is marked “CAL. 9m/mL / 245PR43988”. The front strap is marked “245PR43988”. The right bow of the trigger guard is marked with a Belgian proof and a “* / Y” inspector’s mark, the left is marked “X”. The right side of the barrel lug is marked with a “* / Y” inspection mark and a Belgian proof mark. The bottom of the firing pin housing is marked with a Belgian proof mark and “* / Y” inspection mark.
Barrel Length: 4 5/8”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a rounded blade that is fixed to the slide. The rear sight is a square notch leaf that is dovetailed to the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered wood panels. There is one notable compression on the front edge of the right panel. There is some faint crazing on the bottom edge of the left panel. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips rate in about Fine-Plus condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
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 faint fouling in the grooves.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 98% of its metal finish. There is a faint scratch on the left side of the slide above the markings. There are some other very faint and hardly notable scratches on the rear sides of the slide and on the right 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 Fine-Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger is crisp. The magazine disconnect is present and functional. There is slight play between the slide and 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 in its original serial matching box with one 13-round magazine. Please not, no magazine will be included where prohibited by law.
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 was manufactured in Belgium in 1987. This is a beautiful pistol with about 98% of its original finish in about Fine-Excellent condition. Please see our photos and good luck!