|PRICE:||R 15,000.00 Incl. VAT|
|MAKE||John Inglis and Company|
|ACTION||Semi-automatic - Delayed Blowback|
|CONDITION||Good to Very Good used condition|
FIREARM HISTORY AND FEATURES:
The Browning Hi-Power is a single-action, double-stacked, semi-automatic handgun available in the 9mmP and .40 S&W calibers.
It was based on a design by American firearms inventor John Browning, and completed by Dieudonné Saive of FN in Belgium (designed between 1914 and 1935).
The Hi-Power is one of the most widely used military pistols in history, having been used by the armed forces of over 50 countries, with its first year of service in 1935.
After 82 years of continuous production, the Hi-Power was discontinued in 2017 by Browning Arms, but it remained in production in some countries, under license.
The Hi Power name alludes to the 13-round magazine capacity (in 9mmP), almost twice that of contemporary designs such as the Luger or Colt M1911.
The pistol is often referred to as an HP (for “Hi-Power” or “High-Power”), GP (for the French term, “Grande Puissance”), BAP (Browning Automatic Pistol), or BHP (Browning High-Power).
The terms P-35 and HP-35 are also used, based on the introduction of the pistol in 1935.
Browning Hi-Power pistols were used during World War II by both Allied and Axis forces.
After the German occupation of Belgium, High-Power pistols were produced in Canada for Allied use, by John Inglis and Company in Toronto.
Inglis High-Powers made for Commonwealth forces have the British designation ‘Mk 1’, or ‘Mk 1*’ and the manufacturer’s details on the left of the slide.
They were known in service as the ‘Pistol No 2 Mk 1’, or ‘Pistol No 2 Mk 1*’ where applicable.
The No 2 Mk1* had some differences to the original Hi-Power design, including a combat hammer, fixed rear sight and adjustable front blade, internal extractor and 14 round magazine.
In 1944 the No 2 Mk1* was adapted by the Canadian Army, as well as later by British airborne forces and some other “non-traditional” combat units.
Production of FN Hi-Powers returned to Belgium after the war
This gun is in good to very good, used condition. It is mechanically sound and functional.
I cannot tell if it has been refinished or if it has the original, war-time finish.
Nonetheless, the overall finish is still excellent with only some extremely light wear on some edges of the slide, and some extremely light scratches/marks in places, virtually indistinguishable,
The condition of the frame is still excellent.
The rubber Pachmayr grips are still in very good condition.
Extra magazines for this firearm available from Special Armory
This firearm is suitable for home self defense but may be slightly too big for every day concealed carry, unless for a large-framed person.
This firearm is suitable for use in the following sports:
- IDPA – ESP division
- SADPA MPDS – Service Pistol limited (SP10) division
- IPSC – Production division
- PIN SHOOTING – Stock gun & Pin gun
- STEEL CHALLENGE
This pistol may have some collectors value for collectors of military issue pistols or different Hi Power models.