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Old January 27, 2013, 01:48 AM   #1
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Browning P.35 Hi power (pistole 640 (b) Year of production?

Great High power with German markings.
Serial no. 1794a what year of production - anyone?
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This pistol i in good shape i believe, all nr. match - but only waffenamtstamps on mags.
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Old January 27, 2013, 02:42 AM   #2
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A lot of strange things going on with that pistol.
Sights are not original, grips are not original.
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Old January 27, 2013, 02:55 AM   #3
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Cleaned up one of these awhile back. One grip panel was broken and both badly worn, I suspect the ersatz wood grips weren't very durable.

Some of these pistols were returned to Belgium after the war and re conditioned for sale to police departments in Europe. They did not attempt to deliberately remove the NAZI markings though some lost markings during refinishing.

With alterations some value as a collectors item has been lost, but its likely still a decent pistol.

Caution, some NAZI marked HiPowers don't have a magazine disconnect safety.
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Old January 27, 2013, 03:08 AM   #4
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Thank you wery much, are you 100% shure about gripplate and sights?
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Old January 27, 2013, 09:16 AM   #5
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That particular HP was produced with a mag disconnect, but you can see that it has been removed.
And yes, 100% sure those are not original grips or sights.
Probably a good shooter HP, but not much of a collectible piece.
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Old January 27, 2013, 10:57 AM   #6
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How does it shoot? It is a shooter not a collectible pistol at this point. The front and rear sights are not original to the gun. The grips as others pointed out are also aftermarket. The mag disconnect has been removed because the pin in the trigger appears not to be present. It helps that the mag you have is also German proofed to match the gun but the sight change really hurts the value. I know you did not ask about value but the sights being aftermarket leads to that topic.

One other point I would mention is that it has the internal extractor which is prone to breakage. If you shoot the pistol I would look to pick up and extra extractor. Always feed the rounds from the mag with these older BHPs because nothing will snap one of those extractors faster than loading the chamber manually. These extractors are getting hard to come by so if you find them get them. A fair price is about $50 give or take.

It originally looked like this:



Based on what I can see in this picture the serial number is 177XXXX so IIRC that would put it in 1942. :



Here is a link to some solid information. http://www.ai4fr.com/main/page_milit...y_hipower.html
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Old January 27, 2013, 11:53 AM   #7
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Thank you all, and that browning of yours was wery nice...
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Old January 27, 2013, 12:24 PM   #8
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Thank you all, and that browning of yours was wery nice...
Unfortunately that one isn't mine...

I just used the pic as a reference point.
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