SOLD FOR: $1797
Make: Browning; Made by FN in Belgium
Model: Hi Power
Serial Number: 245PZ59167
Year of Manufacture: 1981 (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. 9mm L. / 245PZ39167”. The front strap is marked “245PZ39167”. The right bow of the trigger guard is marked with a Belgian proof and a “* / T” inspector’s mark, the left has an incomplete marking. The right side of the barrel lug is marked with a “* / T” inspection mark and a Belgian proof mark and the left side with some small factory markings. The bottom of the firing pin housing is marked with a Belgian proof, “* / T” inspection mark, and small factory markings.
Barrel Length: 4 5/8”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramped blade integral to a rectangular base that is fixed to the top of the slide. The rear sight is a fully adjustable cylindrical square notch that is dovetailed to the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered wood panels. The only notable imperfection is a small impact mark on the top rear edge of the right panel that shows faint material loss. Otherwise there are only light handling marks and the checkering is sharp. There are no cracks. Overall, the grips rate in about Fine condition and would easily rate Excellent if not for the impact mark.
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.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 99% of its metal finish. There are a few light nicks on the right side of the slide at the rear. Otherwise, only light handling marks are present. The serrations are sharp. The action has faint operational wear. The screw heads are sharp and the pins are clean. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in about 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 a gray Browning hard case with a single 13-round magazine and a manual. Please note, 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 1981. The commercial Hi Powers carry a reputation for being quality made pistols that perform well and are also sought after for their collector value. This beautiful example retains about 99% of its original finish and is in about Excellent condition. The bore is bright and the trigger breaks crisp. Please see our photos and good luck!