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.12863

Provenance

Gifted with the Pattern Room by the Ministry of Defence, August 2005 Transferred to the Ministry of Defence Pattern Room via the National Museums Consortium from the Home Office Firearms Compensation Scheme, 1997, April 2001

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 22488

Calibre

9 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

makers legend
FABRIQUE NATIONALE D'ARMES DE GUERRE / HERSTAL BELGIQUE / BROWNING'S PATENT DEPOSE
on the left of the slide
engraved

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