SOLD FOR: $1,195.52
Make: Fabrique Nationale
Model: High Power
Serial Number: 94245
Year of Manufacture: 1942 (Vanderlinden “FN Browning Pistols” pg 328)
Caliber: 9mm Parabellum
Action Type: Single Action, Semi-Automatic with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “FABRIQUE NATIONALE D’ARMES DE GUERRE / HERSTAL BELGIQUE”, “BROWNING’S PATENT DEPOSE”, a German Eagle holding a globe with swastika and a “WaA104” Waffenamt. The left side of the frame is also marked with an Eagle with Globe and a “WaA104” Waffenamt. The left front of the trigger guard is marked “MR”. The right side of the barrel at the chamber is marked “94245”, an Eagle with Globe and the top of a Waffenamt. The right side of the slide and frame are marked “94245”. The bottom rear of the magazine well is marked “R”, “4”, “P3” and several lightly struck marks. The bottom of the barrel in front of the lug is marked “MR” and the left side of the barrel opposite the port is marked with two “WaA140” Waffenamts. The barrel lug is marked “2”. The flat on the underside of the slide is marked with a lightly stamped mark. A Waffenamt 104 is stamped on the front of the slide.
Barrel Length: 4 5/8”
Sights / Optics: This pistol is mounted with a flat topped “V” notched tangent rear sight pinned to the slide with markings from “50-500”. The front sight is a Patridge style blade dovetailed into the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece checkered walnut grips exhibit moderate wear in the checkering and a notable mark in the right panel. The grips rate in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Matte Black
Finish Originality: Factory 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 90% of its current metal finish. Finish thinning is evident on the edges of the frame and slide as well as the front and rear of the grip frame. A few patches of shallow oxidation are visible on the underside of the frame, a coating of freckling is evident on the top of the slide and handling marks are visible on the sides of the slide. Lines of finish loss are present on the left side of the slide at the slide lock. Handling marks are found on the metal surfaces. The grip screws are mildly distressed and the markings are clear. Overall, this pistol rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The pistol has a magazine disconnect as well has a frame mounted manual safety. We have not fired this pistol. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes with one high capacity (12rd) double stack magazine with an aluminum follower. No Waffenamt is visible, suggesting that this magazine is not original to the pistol. The magazine is in about Very Good condition. The magazine will not be provided to a California resident or to a resident of any state with magazine capacity restrictions.
Our Assessment: This is a 1942 manufactured FN High Power Type II made under German occupation with Waffenamt 104 codes and tangent sights. The serial numbers on the slide and frame match. The pistol retains about 90% of its metal finish and shows finish thinning, freckling, handling marks and spots of shallow corrosion. The bore is bright with sharp rifling. This pistol will certainly be of interest to the Browning or FN collector, as well as those interested in WWII weaponry. It will give the shooters a chance and a very nice carry pistol. The High Power has a very ergonomic grip frame and is the perfect size – not too big to conceal and big enough to absorb the recoil.