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I have an old Browning Hi-Power that has been passed down. I Tring to get info on it like, when it was made and where its been. Is there any where I could look? the serial number is only 4 digits #T## Can anyone help?

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4 years 6 weeks ago, 8:43 PM

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try this site

http://www.browning.com/customerservice/dategun/detail.asp?id=35

4 years 6 weeks ago, 8:50 PM

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being only 4 digit it sounds like it might be a FN hi-power http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090527065140AAmvcc0 but this is just just going off of what I have read about them.

4 years 6 weeks ago, 8:35 AM

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4 digit serial number

It's probably worthless, I'd be glad to give you $100 for it. LOL. Actually, that thing is probably priceless! How about some pics?

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If it is, it could be one of the Military collectible flavors.

British

Canadian

or NAZI

each of which is worth $$$$$$ if not beat up and worn out or changed in any manner.

No sir, he fell into that bullet... Never argue with a stupid person. They'll just drag you down to their level and beat you with experience!!
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http://freespace.virgin.net/tony.crowe/How%20to%20read%20your.html

There should be another letter either before or after the T...

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4 years 6 weeks ago, 5:49 PM

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all I could find is its a Browning and made in early 1940s

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4 years 6 weeks ago, 5:51 PM

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Worthless

I offer free disposal : )
Keep digging, It's only getting better.

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Nice try!

Nice try!

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4 years 6 weeks ago, 6:05 PM

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Oh well

I've been looking around a bit. I suggest a pro to evaluate and date your "Hi-Power". I believe you have a "priceless" piece. I'd still love to see a pic. Please?

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4 years 6 weeks ago, 5:53 PM

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the only down side is my dad stored in a leather holster so the blueing is worn

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4 years 6 weeks ago, 5:57 PM

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Heres the Serial number maybe someone else can have more luck. 7T29 and they all match on the gun.

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4 years 6 weeks ago, 6:10 PM

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4 years 6 weeks ago, 6:13 PM

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4 years 6 weeks ago, 6:13 PM

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if you post a pic of the left and the right side I've got a guy that should be able to identify it. but without seeing the actual marking on the gun he can't tell me anything so pics would be great.

4 years 6 weeks ago, 6:15 PM

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They manufactured with 4 digit serials from 1940-44

4 years 6 weeks ago, 6:16 PM

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I'll try and see what I can do. I don't have a camra.

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4 years 6 weeks ago, 6:18 PM

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German occupation variation (fixed sight; approx. 228,000 pieces; Military-finish)

Charakteristics:
Legend:
FABRIQUE NATIONALE D´ARMES DE GUERRE
HERSTAL BELGIQUE
BROWNING'S PATENT DEPOSE
Finish: military-finish
Grips: walnut grips; chequered
Serial number:
4-digit number with suffix right on frame
4-digit number with suffix right on slide
4-digit number with suffix right on chamber
Acceptance stamp:
E/WaA 140 left on frame
E/WaA 140 left on slide
E/WaA 140 left on chamber
Test proof stamp:
E HK left on frame
E HK left on slide
E HK right on chamber

4 years 6 weeks ago, 6:26 PM

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The grips isn't wood

The grips isn't wood

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then I'm out of ideas

Unless you manage to get a pic posted. If you do try to get a good shot of any of the markings on the slide, frame, front of grip, ect. The guy I know has a book with the description of tons of markings and he also is good at finding them.

4 years 6 weeks ago, 6:39 PM

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Its dosn't have any of that on it

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4 years 6 weeks ago, 6:52 PM

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I will get a pic up as soon as posable. Thanks for your help

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4 years 6 weeks ago, 10:10 PM

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From the FN web

From the FN web site...

1964 In 1964 the product code for the Hi-Power was the letter "T" 115823-T136-568

Picture would make it allot easier.

The NAZI Proofed Hi Power is a desirable one for sure. But any of the early production Hi Powers are.

Does this have a Vertical Slot in the back of the Grip Frame?

Also, does this have the bar style sight on the rear?

You very well could have a very collectible, very valuable pistol.

No sir, he fell into that bullet... Never argue with a stupid person. They'll just drag you down to their level and beat you with experience!!
4 years 6 weeks ago, 10:16 PM

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ISD.. yep..

i was thinking the same thing on the "slot".. also question if it has lanyard loop, and or the navy type distance sights.

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4 years 6 weeks ago, 10:24 PM

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collector that would be beside themselves wanting it.

Tiny (owner of Cole's Gun Shop) is a avid collector. He has full uniforms with weapons on mannequins. Most of the Full Auto troop issued weapons and stuff like that. He has a pretty extensive collection of Lugers, as does Billy and Hi Powers too..

I'm sure (bluing wear is not an issue) Billy or Tiny would be very interested in it. Also with a picture I could get one or both of the interested enough to look at it and they would probably know it's history by the markings.

Serial number alone does not tell the whole story of that era firearm. But it is a start.

No sir, he fell into that bullet... Never argue with a stupid person. They'll just drag you down to their level and beat you with experience!!
4 years 6 weeks ago, 11:55 PM

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don't you wish your guns could talk.. ok thats sounds odd.. meaning the history some of them could tell...This P-35 is a good example.. we all know browning high powers were carried by more nations than any other pistol..im thinking proly wasn't german or some of the markings would be waffen etc, sure everyones noticed that, but sure could be canadian, brit, dutch, denmark, etc etc etc.. lot of those wound up down in latin america as well.. ok rambl'n

coal train.. you have our intrest peaked on this.. doubt if were a good market for sellling but if you can post a pic or two will be straight with you on it's value..

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Plastic grips?

That could be from the latter stages of the war when the Nazis were really getting monkey stomped all over Europe and they started looking to make weapons faster and cheaper than they had during the glory days of the Blitzkrieg.

4 years 6 weeks ago, 11:13 AM

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Probably not Plastic

Bakelite yes though.

Not sure they put actual Plastic on them.

It looks like plastic, but is fibrous if you happen to break one in half..

No sir, he fell into that bullet... Never argue with a stupid person. They'll just drag you down to their level and beat you with experience!!
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movie trivia.. the film "mrs robinson".. some fat cat says to dustin hoffman.."plastics son, get into plastics"..

Like ISD i always think of bakelite when i think of prewar plastics.. Not sure how it compares to todays plastics (guessing everyones grateful on that) but i do know that with the exception of carbon fiber, which i think would be classified more as synthetic than plastic, a hundred years of technoligy hasn't done much in the way of plastic handgun grips.. our "old boy" a 32 pocket Colt was made over a hundred years ago and the black plastic stocks are in perfect condition..

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still working on pic, so far its a no go. and cant get anygood ones with my crappy phone. But there isn't a stock slot and there just basic sights and i was told by a friend that they are bakelite grips. I wish I could get a picture on here, I'm dying to know all i can about this gun. I wish it could just talk and tell me its story that would be so much easyer.

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Browning Hi-Power

If I'm not mistaken, it couldn't have been used during WW2 or something. I'm not to sure, but I have do some research and find out.

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a Hi Power?

No sir, he fell into that bullet... Never argue with a stupid person. They'll just drag you down to their level and beat you with experience!!
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got me smiling..

for obvious reasons.. just one more good thing about our site.. we don't do slap downs..

a man has to hold his word, hold his beliefs, and hold a good sight picture.

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