Browning Hi Power Dates of Manufacture. Below is the key to FN dates of manufacture via the serial numbers. Per 'Browning Dates of Manufacture', 1988, Brownsboro. Browning Hi Power Dates of Manufacture. Below is the key to FN dates of manufacture via the serial numbers. Per 'Browning Dates of Manufacture', 1988, Brownsboro.
Inglis-made Pistol No 2 Mk 1* Browning Hi-Power Type Place of origin Belgium Service history In service 1935–present Used by See Wars Production history Designer Designed 1914–35 Manufacturer (FN) Produced 1935–2017 No. built 1,500,000+ Variants See Specifications Weight 1 kg (2.2 lb) Length 197 mm (7.8 in) length 119 mm (4.7 in) • • • Semi-automatic 335 (1,100 ) ( 9mm) Effective firing range 50 m (54.7 yd) Feed system Detachable box; capacities: • 13 or 15 rounds ( 9mm) • 10 rounds (.40 S&W) The Browning Hi Power is a, available in the and calibers. It is based on a design by American firearms inventor, and completed by at (FN) of. 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.
After 82 years of continuous production, the Hi-Power was finally discontinued in 2017. The Hi Power name alludes to the 13-round magazine capacity, almost twice that of contemporary designs such as the. The pistol is often referred to as an HP (for 'Hi-Power' or 'High-Power'), GP (for the French term, 'Grande Puissance') or BHP (Browning High-Power). The terms P-35 and HP-35 are also used, based on the introduction of the pistol in 1935. It is most often called the 'Hi Power', even in Belgium. Hi-Power artillery version with its adjustable tangent rear-sight and shoulder-stock in the upper right-hand corner.
Browning Hi-Power pistols were used during World War II by both and forces. After occupying Belgium in 1940, German forces took over the FN plant. German troops subsequently used the Hi-Power, having assigned it the designation Pistole 640(b) ('b' for belgisch, 'Belgian'). Examples produced by FN in Belgium under German occupation bear German inspection and acceptance marks, or, such as WaA613. The artillery version with its adjustable tangent rear-sight, shoulder-stock, 13 round magazine and later 20 round magazine was routinely converted to full-auto-only. In German service, it was used mainly by and personnel.
High-Power pistols were also produced in Canada for Allied use, by in Toronto. The plans were sent from the FN factory to the UK when it became clear the Belgian plant would fall into German hands, enabling the Inglis factory to be tooled up for Hi-Power production for Allied use. Inglis produced two versions of the Hi-Power, one with an adjustable rear sight and detachable shoulder stock (primarily for a contract) and one with a fixed rear sight.
Production began in late 1944 and they were on issue by the March 1945 airborne crossing of the Rhine into Germany. The pistol was popular with the British airborne forces as well as covert operations and commando groups such as the (SOE), the U.S. (OSS) and the British (SAS) Regiment.
Inglis High-Powers made for forces have the British designation 'Mk 1', or 'Mk 1*' and the manufacturer's details on the left of the slide. They were known in British and Commonwealth service as the 'Pistol No 2 Mk 1', or 'Pistol No 2 Mk 1*' where applicable. Serial numbers were 6 characters, the second being the letter 'T', e.g. Serial numbers on pistols for the Chinese contract instead used the letters 'CH', but otherwise followed the same format. When the Chinese contract was cancelled, all undelivered Chinese-style pistols were accepted by the Canadian military with designations of 'Pistol No 1 Mk 1' and 'Pistol No 1 Mk 1*'.
In the postwar period, Hi-Power production continued at the FN factory and, as part of FN's product range which included the rifle and general-purpose machine gun. It has been adopted as the standard service pistol by over 50 armies in 93 countries. At one time most NATO nations used it, and it was standard issue to forces throughout the British Commonwealth.
It was manufactured under licence, or in some cases cloned, on several continents. Former Iraqi ruler often carried a Browning Hi-Power. Former Libyan ruler carried a gold-plated Hi-Power with his own face on the design of the grips which was waved around in the air by Libyan rebels after his death. A Hi-Power was used by during the assassination attempt of in 1981. While the Hi-Power remains an excellent design, since the early 1990s it has been eclipsed somewhat by more modern designs which are often double-action and are manufactured using more modern methods. It remains in service throughout the world. As of 2017, the MK1 version remained the standard service pistol of the, with the being issued to specialised units along with the.