SOLD FOR: $3804
Make: Fabrique Nationale, FN Herstal; Imported by FNMI
Model: Hi-Power – MKIII EGW Custom
Serial Number: 511MY52461
Year of Manufacture: 2002 (MY Date Code)
Caliber: 9mm Luger
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Auto Pistol w/ Detachable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked with the ovalled “FN” logo. The right side of the slide is marked “FN HERSTAL BELGIUM”. The right side of the frame is marked with the serial number. The left side of the frame is marked “FNMI, Columbia, SC”. The left trigger guard bow and the bottom flat of the firing pin housing are marked with a Belgian proof. The chamber is marked “CAL. 9X19mm” and with the serial number. The right side of the barrel lug is marked with a “* / A” inspection mark and a Belgian proof mark. The left side of the barrel lug is marked “2”.
Barrel Length: 4 5/8”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a small patridge style blade with a tritium lamp on the rear face that is dovetailed to the slide. The rear sight is a Heini square notch with a serrated rear face and a tritium lamp and is dovetailed and set screwed to the barrel. The lamps have gone dark.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The aftermarket grips are two-piece checkered red wood panels. The grip straps have been custom stippled. The grips show faint handling wear. The checkering is sharp and there are no chips or cracks. The grips rate in about Fine-Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original to Customization
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 handgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. There is faint thinning along the leading edges of the slide and thinning on the controls. There are faint streaks throughout but most notably on the top of the slide. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this handgun rates in about Fine-Plus condition as customized.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The mag disconnect safety has been removed. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes in a black FN hard case with a total of one 10-round magazine.
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 2002 and imported by FNMI. Per the consignor, It has been customized by EGW with a custom finish, grip strap stippling, aftermarket sights, and a skeletonized hammer. It retains about 97% metal finish, in about Fine-Plus condition. It comes with a total of one 10-round magazine and a black FN hard case. Please see our photos and good luck!