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Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by montanaoffroader, Sep 13, 2018.

  1. montanaoffroader

    montanaoffroader Member

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    Looking at what appears to be a Browning Hi Power 9mm. The serial number (on the front of the the grip frame and the barrel) put year of production at 1985.

    Now for the odd part. Aside from the serial numbers on the frame and barrel, and a couple of small proof marks on the side of the trigger guard, there are no markings. No manufacturer, no model name or number, no import marks of any kind.

    The price isn't bad, but I'm not sure it is even a genuine Browning. The serial number (245 PV 50XXX) seems legit, so I wonder if maybe someone removed the markings as part of a refinish? Maybe replaced the slide with an unmarked one?

    Thinking of buying it, trying to figure out it it's the real deal or some sort of knockoff. I would appreciate input from anyone with Hi Power experience.
     
  2. Sistema1927

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    FEG forged some FN Hi-Powers, but those have FN markings.

    What is the quality? "Khyber Pass" knock off or better?
     
  3. I6turbo

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    Sounds pretty normal for a HP except for the odd lack of any mention of FN or Browning. Hi Powers aren't marked with any model name or number. Can you get some pictures? Decent pictures would help move responses beyond speculation, could be's and might be's.
     
  4. montanaoffroader

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    Quality seems ok, but there are a few minor imperfections in the metal on top of the slide. Otherwise looks ok, except for a slightly bent trigger guard.

    I can stop in sometime in the next couple of days and see if the shop owner will let me snap a couple of pics.
     
  5. FL-NC

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    Many knock-offs of the BHP. Some are good, some are trash.
     
  6. JONWILL

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    My bet is the slide was rusted and pitted. They sanded it to get the finish smooth enough to refinish and that took any marking off.
     
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  7. Dibbs

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    FN itself doesn't label their Hi-Powers as either "Browning" or "Hi-Power", but you would
    have the "FN Herstal" stamp. JONWILL is probably right, more than likely they obscured the
    original markings when they refinished the slide.
     
  8. Janos Dracwlya

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    I have one of those FEG Hi Powers with FN markings. It's a little rough on the inside, but a high quality gun anyway.
     
  9. Browning

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    ^My bet is that Jon Will has the correct answer^
     
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