Object Title

Centrefire self-loading pistol - FN Browning Model 35 HP

Centrefire self-loading pistol - FN Browning Model 35 HP

Date

about 1936

Object Number

PR.4040

Provenance

Gifted with the Pattern Room by the Ministry of Defence, August 2005

Physical Description

The Browning Hi Power is a single-action, semi-automatic handgun available in 9mm. It is based on a design by American firearms inventor John Browning, and completed by Dieudonné Saive at Fabrique Nationale (FN) of Herstal, Belgium. Browning died in 1926, several years before the design was finalized. The Hi-Power is one of the most widely used military pistols in history, having been used by the armed forces of over 50 countries. It is fitted with two chequred wooden grip plates. The grip is cut for a shoulder stock.There is a ladder backsight and the foresight is fixed.

The Hi Power name is somewhat misleading and alluded to the 13-round magazine capacity; almost twice that of contemporary designs such as the Luger. The pistol is often referred to as an HP (for "Hi-Power" or "High-Power") or as the GP-35 (for the French term, "Grande Puissance" and the date of introduction).

Techniques

Manufactured

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength4.6 in
BarrelLength117 mm
OverallLength200 mm
OverallWeight0.915 kg

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 16431

Calibre

9 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

makers legend
FABRIQUE NATIONALE D'ARMES DE GUERRE / HERSTAL BELGIQUE / BROWNING'S PATENT DEPOSE
on the left side of the slide
engraved
Acceptance stamp
crown over PH (Belelgium MAE stamp)
on the lft side of the frame
stamped

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