SOLD FOR: $2530
Make: Browning, Made by FN in Belgium
Model: Hi Power C-Series
Serial Number: 69C6882
Year of Manufacture: 1969 C&R (https://www.browning.com/support/date-your-firearm/hi-power-pistol.htm)
Caliber: 9mm Luger
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Auto with Removable Magazine and Thumb Safety
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “BROWNING ARMS COMPANY St LOUIS Mo & MONTREAL P.Q. / MADE IN BELGIUM”. The barrel is marked with a Belgian proof mark and “CAL. 9m/mP.”. The right trigger guard bow is marked with a Belgian proof mark and the left trigger guard bow is marked “5”. The bottom flat of the firing pin housing, under the slide, is marked with a Belgian proof mark and several small factory markings. There are factory markings on the left side of the barrel lug. The right side of the frame is marked “69C6882”. The bottom of the mainspring housing has small factory markings.
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 slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered wood panels. There is a minor compression on the back strap of either panel. The checkering shows light wear and is generally sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore. In this writer’s opinion, the bore rates 10/10.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 95% of its metal finish. There are very faint dustings of oxidation on the front strap and on the top strap midway. There are some sparsely scattered superficial faint marks on the surfaces with one more notable mark through the finish on the bottom of the slide. The slide serrations are sharp. The screw heads are sharp and the pins are clean. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The magazine disconnect safety is present and functional. There is a tiny amount of 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 one 13-round magazine. Please note, the magazine will not be included where it cannot be legally transferred.
Our Assessment: Browning Hi-Power pistols are known to be quality tried and trusted pistols. They have been the chosen sidearm by armies and police forces across the world throughout the millennia. Manufactured in 1969, this is a C-series example in about Fine condition and still has solid mechanics and a bright, shiny bore. The ring hammer was replaced by a Spur hammer by 1970. You will see some C69s with ring hammers, such as this example here. The C-series are not as highly sought after as the T-series BHP but they are certainly desirable and near completely identical. Except for the spur hammer, the bluing, polishing, and the serial number change the C series is identical to the T. This would make a practical self-defense arm or to have in your collection as an early commercial production Hi-Power. Please see our photos and good luck!