Sold For: $1,425.00
Make: Made by Fabrique Nationale in Belgium for Browning Arms
Model: High Power
Serial Number: T135727
Year of Manufacture: 1964 – Proof House
Caliber: 9mm Parabellum
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Auto with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “BROWNING ARMS COMPANY ST. LOUIS MO. & MONTREAL P.Q. / MADE IN BELGIUM”. The barrel at the port is marked “CAL.9m/mP.” and with a crowned “E / LG / *” proof, a “* / U” inspection mark and a “Lion / P.V” smokeless powder proof. The left side of the frame above the trigger is marked “T135727”. The right front of the trigger guard is marked with a “* / U” inspection mark and a “Lion / P.V” proof. The left front of the trigger guard is marked “E”.
Barrel Length: 4 5/8”
Sights / Optics: The pistol has a “U” notched rear sight dovetailed into the slide. The front sight is a half-round blade fixed to the top of the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered walnut with a lacquered finish. The smooth borders show no marks except for a tiny ding at the top front corner of the left grip. The checkering is sharp and without mars. The grips rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: The pistol has a polished blued finish.
Finish Originality: The finish is 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 99% of its metal finish. There is a very light mark on the bottom edge of the frame on the left side just above the trigger, a small spot of surface loss on the each side of the slide at the front of the frame where the slide rubs on the frame and a tiny mark at the front edge of the slide on the right side. The serrations on the slide, hammer, slide release and safety and the knurling on the magazine release are sharp. The grip screws are sharp and the markings are clear with raised edges on the serial number. Overall, this gun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. It has a manual safety on the left side of the frame and a magazine disconnect. The hammer spur is round with a hole for a lanyard. The slide is tight to 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 one 13 round blued magazine and a factory pouch. The magazine is un-marked and has a green tint to its finish with a brightly blued floorplate and a black plastic follower. The magazine shows minimal wear and is in Excellent condition. The pouch has a black Naugahyde finish, a red felt interior, a brass zipper and is marked “BROWNING”. The inside of the pouch is clean with no marks. The outside of the case shows no marks. The pouch is in about Excellent condition. The high capacity magazine shall not be provided to a resident of California or to a resident of any state with magazine capacity restrictions.
Our Assessment: This is a Browning Hi-Power that was made by FN in Belgium in 1964. It has fixed sights, with the rear sight drift adjustable for windage, a round hammer spur, checkered walnut grips, a high polished blued finish, and comes with its original black factory Naugahyde pouch. The pistol is in about Excellent condition with only a few small marks. The bore is bright with sharp rifling and the slide is tight to the frame. This pistol is perfect size for concealed carry: not too heavy and with a grip frame that is very ergonomic. With an all steel frame and slide, there is no need to worry about using +P loads in this pistol. However, the older pre-Portugal Hi-Powers are collectable, especially when in 98% or better condition like this one, and the pouch is collectable in its own right. We think the collectors are going to price this pistol out of the reach of the shooters.