Object Title

Centrefire self-loading pistol - FN Browning Model 35 HP

Centrefire self-loading pistol - FN Browning Model 35 HP

Date

made 1950

Object Number

PR.8244

Provenance

Gifted with the Pattern Room from 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 back and foresight are 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). T

Techniques

Manufactured

Materials

Dimensions

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

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number E00809

Calibre

9 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Date code.
0 in open square
trigger bow
stamp
makers legend
FABRIQUE NATIONALE D'ARMES DE GUERRE / HERSTAL / BELGIUM
on the left side of the slide
engraved

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