FN Browning Portugal Hi-Power Practical .40 S&W Semi-Automatic Pistol, 1995

SOLD FOR: $1775

LSB#: 220323JK007

Make: Browning, Made by FN in Belgium, Assembled in Portugal

Model: Hi-Power Practical Model

Serial Number: 2W5NV56388

Year of Manufacture: 1995 (https://www.browning.com/support/date-your-firearm/hi-power-pistol.html)

Caliber: .40 S&W

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 “5” in a hexagon. The barrel is marked “CAL 40 S & W”. The right side of the barrel lug is marked with a Belgian proof and a “* / D” inspector’s mark, the left side is marked “E”. The bottom of the barrel lug is marked “5” 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 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 panels with Browning Buck Mark medallions in the center of each. The grips show light handling wear and some extremely faint discoloration in the checkering. There are no rips or tears. The checkering is sharp and uninterrupted. Overall, the grips rate in about Fine-Plus 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. There is some minor fouling in the grooves.

Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 95% of its metal finish. There are some nicks and thinned spots along the leading edges of the slide.There are some light scratches on the left side of the frame. There are light handling marks on the grip straps. The action has minor operational wear. The screw heads are tool-marked. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in about Fine 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 with three 13-round magazines and two 10-round magazines. The 13-round magazines are not original to the gun and do not engage that slide stop when empty. 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 is a beautiful Hi Power Practical Model pistol from FN Browning manufactured in 1995 and assembled in Portugal. This is a truly gorgeous pistol. The juxtaposition of the silver chrome frame and the black epoxy slide gives a sharp appearance. It has been well kept over the past 27 years. Any lucky bidder would be privileged to win this one. Please see our photos and good luck!

FN Browning Portugal Hi-Power Practical .40 S&W Semi-Automatic Pistol, 1995
FN Browning Portugal Hi-Power Practical .40 S&W Semi-Automatic Pistol, 1995