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Browning Hi-Power owner ??

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by RDF06, Jan 29, 2013.

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  1. RDF06

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    Hello everyone ....I need a little help please. I have had what I thought was a 1972 BHP for the last 10 year or so. I decided to check the Browning chart a few days ago and now I don't think it is. The serial # is 72016500. Can someone tell me what I have ?
    Thank you.
     
  2. ku4hx

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  3. RDF06

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    That is the chart that I used. That is where I saw the C = Hi-Power. So I don't know what I own.
     
  4. tarosean

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    any other identifying marks?? maybe post detailed pictures. Unfortunately a lot of manufactures produced/cloned the Hi Power and they were made around the world.
     
  5. ku4hx

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    Pictures are invaluable in cases like this. If you have no means to do that, list and/or describe as best you can everything that's imprinted on the chamber, slide, frame and etc. It's these markings and such that help identification.

    There are websites that list gun proof marks; they too can be of help. Sites such as this:
    http://www.nramuseum.org/gun-info-research/proof-marks-from-the-blue-book.aspx

    There are others.
     
  6. RDF06

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    Thank's I will check a little closer when I get home and try to post some pic's.
     
  7. surjimmy

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    Pictures would be a huge help.
     
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    It's unfortunate that up until a bit over a year ago, Browning had an OUTSTANDING site for tracking the age of most any firearm they made. When that great resource disappeared, this one came up and lo and behold, so did the $40.00 option for detailed information.

    It would be great if some one out there had archived that old site in some way.

    My frustration with the "new" customer dis-service site started when I returned to it and found that any info at all on the old Safari High Power rifles had been scrubbed altogether. It had greatly detailed info in the past on these rifles... now, nada.
     
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    Sorry for the wild goose chase guys. It's Hell gettin' old. I bought a magnafying glass on the way home. It is a C after the 72 and not a O. The slide says Browning Arms Company Morgan,Utah & Montreal,P.Q. and below that MADE IN BELGIUM. I added the Pachmyer grips when I bought it. So is it a silver chrome ?? Is it one to hold on to ??
     
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    Yup, that's a whole lotta Hi-Power you got there.
     
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    Nice looking Hi Power. I think it is an after market chrome job. The color config does not match the factory finish. I might be wrong but IIRC they did not make factory chrome BHPs in 1972.
     
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    It's an FN/Browning import Sport Model (Type A), built in '72...if the SN begins with 72C. The finish is aftermarket HC, it is not FN Silver Chrome. The grips are Hogue...not Pachmayr...

    Nice looking pistol though ;):D
     
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    Yep..Hogue (I'm on a roll) I can't find anything on Sport Model type A, was this a common version ?? Was there a lot of aftermarket finishing on these ??
     
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    Sport Model = Adjustable Sights
    "Type A" = Original Adjustable Sights consisting of a silver soldered front sight and a rear sight, commonly called a "Beer Can" due to the thin spring steel aperture, with opposing (tighten/loosen or loosen/tighten) windage adjustment screws...
     
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    Yes definitely one to hold onto. I'm with the others here who think that it has been refinished, probably in hard chrome. From your photo some areas of the slide look like they have been rounded or buffed out, perhaps when the gun was being polished prior to the hard chrome plating being applied. In any event hard chrome is a very tough and durable finish and will still look great many years from now. Enjoy.
     
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    Awesome HP you have there. As much as I love my blued/walnut HP, I have been thinking about sending it off for some add-ons, and HC is something I really like.
     
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    Nothing wrong with HC, it just isn't factory original to that pistol...

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    best pic i have of this 1984 model bhp. has the trash can rear sight. they are nice weapons.

    murf
     

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    Course you can have all in one. Blued, HC and Wood... here is mine..

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  20. Roadkill

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    Here's mine - finish sure looks factory to me.

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    I might have to go home and check my safe....it looks like you've been in it. :p Is yours more of a satin finish ?? Mine doesn't have the "chrome" like shine to it and it sure looks factory too. :confused:
     
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    Yes - nickle brushed I believe is the term used. When I get home I'll pm the serial # - would be interesting to see how close they are.
     
  23. Dentite

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    It's actually "hard chrome" finish. The factory nickel BHPs are much more shiny vs hard chrome. Also all the nickel ones I've seen have the walnut grips inset with the "B" medalion.

    Is that a S&W revolver front sight on your BHP?
     
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    The FN/Browning hard chrome is a an attractive matte finish. Like others have said, not shiny like the nickel.

    My Silver Chrome Browning Hi Power MK III is my most accurate centerfire pistol, and has never malfunctioned. It is totally stock, with a nice, crisp trigger.
     
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    Nothing much prettier in the world than a nice Hi-Power. Well... maybe one or two things, but not many...

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