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help with FN High Power

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by TX1911fan, Nov 24, 2007.

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  1. TX1911fan

    TX1911fan Member

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    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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    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 . . .
     
  3. jonnyc

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    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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  4. TX1911fan

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    I typed it wrong, it is Guerre. I'll try to get a pic up.
     
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    Here are some pictures:

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    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.

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    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.
     
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    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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