FN Browning Hi-Power 9mm Luger 4 5/8″ Semi-Auto Pistol 1981, Jewel Controls

SOLD FOR: $1425

LSB#: 220303GC034

Make: Browning; Made by FN in Belgium

Model: Hi Power

Serial Number: 245PZ59960

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. / 245PZ59960”. The front strap is marked “245PZ59960”. 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. The sides of the hammer, trigger, and the chamber have custom jeweling.

Barrel Length: 4 5/8”

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a rounded blade that is fixed to the front of the slide. The rear sight is a U-notch that is dovetailed to the rear of the slide.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered wood panels with ambidextrous shelves, they are not original to the gun. They show only light handling marks and the checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips rate in about Excellent 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.

Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 97% of its metal finish. There are some tiny little tool marks around the trigger pin on either side of the frame. There is very light thinning on the front edges of the slide. There is a small mark through the finish on the bottom of the slide. The front strap also has a few faint marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in about Fine-Plus condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger is crisp. The magazine disconnect safety has been deactivated. 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 with a single 13-round Mec-Gar magazine. 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 97% of its original finish and is in about Excellent condition. This pistol also features beautiful custom jeweling on the hammer, trigger, and chamber. The bore is bright and the trigger breaks crisp. Please see our photos and good luck!

FN Browning Hi-Power 9mm Luger 4 5/8" Semi-Auto Pistol 1981, Jewel Controls
FN Browning Hi-Power 9mm Luger 4 5/8″ Semi-Auto Pistol 1981, Jewel Controls