help with FN High Power


November 24, 2007, 02:04 AM
My friend has an FN High Power, that reads Fabrique Nationale D'armes, de Guerra Herstal Belgique. Serial number 51641. Anyone have any interesting info about this gun?

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November 24, 2007, 09:52 AM
Fabrique Nationale D'armes, de Guerra Herstal Belgique

It either says "de Guerre" or it is a counterfeit by someone who cannot spell.

armes de guerre means weapons [litterally: arms of war] in French, one of the languages of Belgium. The whole translation is:

National Factory of [war] weapons, Herstal [town name], Belgium.

And the "High Power" is a translation of "Grande Pouisance", which, in French, means high [or, great] power.

FN is short for Fabrique National.

above may or may not be interesting, but I typed it anyway . . .

November 24, 2007, 10:27 AM
Sounds like an early Belgian military HP, but I'm not an expert on that series of HPs. A pic and a bit more info would be helpful. If it does have markings exactly as you describe, it would be very interesting, as I have never heard of any legit FN HPs with Spanish markings, or any fakes out of Spain.

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November 24, 2007, 11:37 AM
I typed it wrong, it is Guerre. I'll try to get a pic up.

November 24, 2007, 12:32 PM
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November 30, 2007, 12:26 AM
Here are some pictures:

November 30, 2007, 01:27 AM
Looks like mine! Only a little newer perhaps, maybe 50's production?

Here's my P-35, its a good shooter and other than the safety switch being swapped out for an extended one by its previous owner its original with Nazi proof marks. I paid $400 for mine a few months ago from a local shop and it was certainly a good buy. Your friends looks to be in very good condition and if all the numbers match it could be worth a decent amount. However I'm sure your friend loves it and he should, they are great old guns and timeless works of art.

Sorry I can't tell you anything very interesting about the gun but there's no shortage of information out there on the internet and there should be more than a couple threads about the P-35 here on THR.

November 30, 2007, 11:26 AM
That is an early commercial model Hi Power. Note: the internal extractor.
Fine gun. The highpowersandhandguns site referenced above is a great site for Hi Power information.

November 30, 2007, 01:21 PM
Ring hammer and internal extractor make it an older model.

Should still be a good shooter, the only possible consideration I'm aware of with them is that I'm told if the internal extractor breaks you'd be hard pressed to find a new one. (I've got a pre-FM Argentinean FN P-35 and was told that by the folks at Cylinder and Slide or Yost-Bonitz, can't remember which, when I was considering having some work done on it, so I'm inclined to think that's good info.)

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