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Pre-war Browning Hi-Power

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by connerte13, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. connerte13

    connerte13 New Member

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    I purchased a Hi-Power (believe it to be a 1935 model) several years ago. Recently, I tried to put an age on the weapon, using serial number of 100xx as a guide.

    The markings on the pistol are in 2 lines on the slide.

    FABRIQUE NATIONALE D'ARMES DE GUERRE HERSTAL-BELGIQUE

    Next line:

    BROWING'S PATENT DEPOSE (smaller font)
    The unit also has markings on the trigger side of the handgrip -

    LGK.B. 0693

    The same marking is on both magazines I got with the pistol.

    The unit has fixed sights, and blue in color (has some holster wear).

    Anyone have any ideas how old this unit is, under what contract was it manufactured and/or what does the marking on the hand grip mean?

    I have looked on line extensively, but cannot find any pictures of pre-war 1935's that have the same lettering pattern. (as described above). Many have similar words, not the same pattern.

    Thanks very much for any assistance.

    Tom Conner
  2. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Active Member

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    I've listed a link, take a look and tell me what you see on yours, this may be a M1922. LGK.B stands for Landes Gendarmerie Kommando Burgenland. Burgenland is an Austrian "county". Hope this helps you out.

    If you have some pics of yours, that would help out greatly in getting some reliable answers for you.

    manufactured for Germany here, but I want to get an idea on exact model from you :

    http://www.tague.at/pistolen/en_index.htm?/pistolen/pages/en_fn1922.htm
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  3. connerte13

    connerte13 New Member

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    Thanks so much for the info. I didn't see anything in the link that looked like this (from what I saw) Enclosed some pics.

    Tom

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  4. valbehaved

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    It is a post-war (late 40's- early 50's) Austrian police contract gun..
    Are both mags serial numbered to the gun or do they only have a "rack" number - 0693?
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2011
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