FN Browning Hi-Power Austrian Gendarmerie LGK 9mm Semi-Automatic Pistol C&R
Sold for $2125.77
Make: Fabrique Nationale FN Browning
Model: 1935 GP (Hi-Power) Austrian State Police – Salzburg Land
Serial Number: 3503
Year of Manufacture: 1949-1959
Caliber: 9mm Parabellum
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Auto with Detachable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “FABRIQUE NATIONALE D’ARMES DE GUERRE / HERSTAL BELGIQUE”, “BROWNING’S PATENT DEPOSE”, and with a proof and inspector’s mark. The left side of the frame is marked with a Belgian proof and inspector’s mark. The chamber is marked with two Belgian proofs, an inspector’s mark, and “CAL 9m/mP”. The left hidden side of the chamber is marked “3503”. The sides of the barrel lug are marked with small factory markings. The right side of the slide and the frame are marked with the serial number “3503”. The right side of the trigger guard bow is marked with a boxed “X”. The front strap is marked “LGK Sb / 0444”. The sides of the barrel lug are marked with small factory markings. The butt strap has a tiny import marking that appears to read “NHM CO SAC CA”. The floor plate of two of the magazines is marked “LGK Sb / 0444”.
Barrel Length: 4 5/8”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a small serrated blade fixed to the front of the slide. The rear sight is a U-noch leaf that is dovetailed at the rear of the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered wood grips. The grips show moderate-heavy finish wear with nicks and handling marks on the smooth borders. The checkering shows light wear along the edges but is generally well defined. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Very Good. condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright with sharp rifling. There is faint erosion nearer the muzzle.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 83% of its metal finish. There are dustings of oxidation, the most notable being on the back strap, the sides of the frame around the grips, and on the top of the slide. There are some scattered little nicks and fine scratches throughout the metal as well. There is light thinning at the front of the slide. There is standard operational wear. The slide serrations are sharp. The markings are clear. The screw heads are sharp. Overall, this pistol is in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. It has a frame mounted safety and the round hammer has a half cock safety position. This pistol still has a functioning magazine disconnect and the trigger pull is crisp. The slide has minor play on the 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 two matching 13-round magazines, two 13-round Promags, and a cleaning rod. Please note, no magazine will be included where prohibited by law.
Our Assessment: Taken from FN Browning Pistols, “The Austrian Federal Gendarmerie started using the High Power in 1949. In 1955 the decision was made to standardize the High Power for the Federal Gendarmerie and a large order was placed for 10,000 pistols. Issued pistols were marked “LGK” (Landes Gendarmerie Kommando – State Gendarmerie) followed by a letter abbreviation for the province in which the pistol was used.” This example is from Salzburg Land and is in about Very Good condition with 83% of its finish and a strong bore. This pistol also comes with two original serial-matching magazines and two additional magazines. There is also a tiny import mark on the butt strap which seems to read NHM Co. This would be a very desirable piece for collectors. Please see our photos and good luck!