Object Title

Centrefire self-loading pistol - FN Browning Model 35 HP

Centrefire self-loading pistol - FN Browning Model 35 HP

Date

about 1943

Object Number

PR.11108

Provenance

Gifted with the Pattern Room by the Ministry of Defence, August 2005 Gifted to the Ministry of Defence Pattern Room by Cheshire police, Chester, August 1996

Physical Description

Made under German occupation this 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. There is a ladder backsight and 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
OverallWeight0.91 kg

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 51511b

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
German eagle over 140
on the left side of the frame and slide
stamped

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