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#6578932 - 06/08/12 06:38 PM A beauty of an old Belgian Browning Hi Power
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Friends,

I would like some help placing an estimate on this old Half, er..I mean Hi Power. It is a 1961 vintage Belgian made (not Portugese), blued, comercial Browning. It is all original and in really stellar shape.

The inside of the original grips are red. Serial # 69C17XXX.











I figure saying the magic words "Browning HiPower" should have Kevin come scooting on in here pretty soon, which is a great thing as he is a welcome resource due to his extensive knowledge in the subject matter.

MS
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#6579031 - 06/08/12 07:24 PM Re: A beauty of an old Belgian Browning Hi Power [Re: Mackay_Sagebrush]
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Man, I remember when P35's were used by some pretty high speed, low drag folks.

I always enjoyed shooting them, and still think that they have one of the best "feels" of any handgun.
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#6579074 - 06/08/12 07:52 PM Re: A beauty of an old Belgian Browning Hi Power [Re: CrimsonTide]
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GUNSAMERICA:
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"Browning High Power, 1961 mfg., checkered walnut grips, fixed sights, thumb print safety, and ring hammer. Gun is as new in Browning pouch."

Item Description: Used, minor wear
Item Caliber: 9MM Luger

Price: $1,049

"SOLD"

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GUNSAMERICA - Browning High Power 1969 "C" Series, 98-99% - $975
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#6579285 - 06/08/12 09:20 PM Re: A beauty of an old Belgian Browning Hi Power [Re: Mackay_Sagebrush]
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Originally Posted By: Mackay_Sagebrush
Serial # 69C17XXX.


Bold emphasis is mine - she's a 1969 C-series, Mack. A great Hi-Power. An early model C-series such as yours bears all the sweetness of the T-series except the collector T-mania.
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#6579419 - 06/08/12 10:45 PM Re: A beauty of an old Belgian Browning Hi Power [Re: JOG]
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I saw one of those fn belgians sold to the israeli's then resold here at a gunshow last week. They wanted about 750 for it. And while it is a belgian, they aren't finished anywhere as nice.
Which should give you a real world idea on yours.
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#6579512 - 06/09/12 03:05 AM Re: A beauty of an old Belgian Browning Hi Power [Re: RoninPhx]
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The ones I have seen sold over the last few years have been in the $750-900 area...can't recall any Belgium Browning for sale over $1000 that being said I have not really seen many for sale locally around NE either.

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#6579574 - 06/09/12 04:48 AM Re: A beauty of an old Belgian Browning Hi Power [Re: RJM]
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mack i got that gun's brother in my safe. if their bringing 750-900 i stole mine smile
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#6579750 - 06/09/12 06:33 AM Re: A beauty of an old Belgian Browning Hi Power [Re: rockchucker]
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All of the above is great info. Thanks Jog for the correction in regards to what I was informed about the year being 61 instead of 69, that is good to know as well.

Anybody know the story about the red grips?

This Browning is night and day in better shape than some of the ones I handled down in southern Iraq while working with the Brits. Theirs were in terrible shape, many with sights that could hardly even be called sights.

I (along with a couple other guys)spent some time on the range, working with some of their medical staff giving informal pistol classes. The level of training they had recieved up to that point was very minimal, so we took our time over a number of weeks and drank a lot of tea and had a good time with the classes.

The Brit's HI Powers though looked like they had been drug around the British Empire and never recieved a single bit of attention along the way. A few I tore down, simply to clean out the crud,one or two may have been the subject to a file stroke or two to remove a couple of burrs.

We of course let the nurses shoot our G19s, which they really thought were the cats meow.

One thing I have noticed on this particular Belgian HP is that it has a truly excellent trigger, which is not something I can say for many stock HPs that I have shot. They were building them right during that era, for sure.
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#6579869 - 06/09/12 07:30 AM Re: A beauty of an old Belgian Browning Hi Power [Re: Mackay_Sagebrush]
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I don't know why the grips are finished that way, but they are correct for the era. I believe all T-series pistols had the red grips as well as the early C-series, but they were phased out as Browning changed, some say cheapened, the pistol over the next few years.

The early C-series is my favorite Hi-Power - it's just as good as a T-series, but unlike the T-series a guy can change of few things without offending the collectors and diminishing the value.

In 1961 the Hi-Power still had an internal extractor, which was replaced with an external in 1962. The 'pre T-series' 1962-64 pistols are also very nice. The T-series ran from 1964-69, the C-series from 1969-75, but there is a lot of difference between the early and later C-series.
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#6580160 - 06/09/12 09:39 AM Re: A beauty of an old Belgian Browning Hi Power [Re: JOG]
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In any event that is one sweet pistol.
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