The grips are secured with studs and nuts. It would be in my mind a sad thing to just put it away behind glass if you really love it. There is a clear distinction between the 1899 and 1900 models, their production run and production periods. Your serial number indicates it was made in 1922, prior to the Browning Arms Co. The pistol also features a manual thumb safety located on the frame at the top rear of the left grip. In essence this model is considered a. The weapon is either in use by, or is the standard sidearm of the following countries, the Argentine Army, Australian Defense Force, Belgian Army, British Army, Canadian Armed Forces, Indian Army, Irish Army, Israeli police, Luxembourg Army, Singapore Special Operations Force and the Venezuelan Army, among others.Next
I presume they indicate that the pistols were newly manufactured in the 1950s then? Serial is 9546x A or 195,46x. It was the locked breech striker fired design that was selected for further development and testing. The Hi-Power pistols that were accepted by the German military will have one of three Waffenamt stampings or Weapons Office inspectors stamps found on them. Material presented throughout this website is for historical and entertainment value only and should not to be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation. These designations are references to the Peruvian designation.Next
The end-product was nothing more than a dimensionally different Model 1910 to suit the Yugoslavian requirement, featuring a longer slide and equally lengthened grip handle. The 1910 was directed at European sales. Not a good thing if I was wanting to make a biggest profet I could from its sell. There were several hundred thousand of them made by the Nazis from 1940-1944. I actually spent a great deal of time researching this and here's what I found out, for your learning enjoyment. The other markings may indicate the user, but mean nothing to me.Next
I know that it may be better to put some away behind glass and keep their value up, but to me that is like having a beautiful woman, nice bottle of wine, or a clasic car and never enjoying them. This was further spurred on among a general modernization in 1933 when Hitler gained power. In 1943 when the model 1922 was starting to be produced for more than just the Luftwaffe and other specialist units, Germany decided to restart the numbering system. While every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided on serial numbers and dates of manufacture are accurate, records on early production models such as the Auto-5 and Superposed shotguns were not included due to the complexity of numbers, models and grades offered. After that, WaA140 was implemented somewhere between 57723 and 60142. Designed by Robert Browning and built in Belgium as Colt refused to produce it.
Onwed two of them over the years. Robert would be proud of his great great grandsons design. The first 99,999 model 1922s produced had a simple 5 digit serial number accordingly. I have a hard time reading the serial numbers so I can't tell you a specific caliber. All of the letter suffixed serial numbered pistols will be found with the fixed rear sight. The next item to go was the tangent rear sight. It was adopted by several European powers for military and police use in the time leading up to war and these included Holland, Greece, Romania, France, Denmark and Finland.Next
Regarding history of the 1910: Browning made the prototype of the 1910 in 1908. The Hi-Power is a semi-automatic pistol that has been chambered for the. I have had to rely on the internet for the 1922 as I had not known anything about this model and sometimes what you read out there can be way off base. Here is one of mine that was issued to the Bahnpolizei around the same time period. The Belgian government bought A-prefix pistols as well as newly produced pistols in those years.Next
There are distinct differences between the 1922, 1924, 1930, and 1950 models. I know that my piece has a little more wear on it, as I pack it daily. Many firearms enthusiast consider the Hi-Power an improved design by John Browning over his famous M1911 pistol. The Fabrique Nationale firm is still in business today and is a subsidiary of the Herstal Group. The Model 1922 saw service through the end of the war in 1945 and after.Next
In the 1950's a contract was filled for 1922 pistols for the Railway Police Bahnpolizei in the U. So your pistol was produced in the period from 1923 to 1928. It originally received the Hi-Power name due to it having the first functional double column 13 round magazine, which was nearly twice that of contemporary sidearm designs of the time. The Belgian government made no equipment updates in the 1920s. The Hi-Power pistol has been known by several names through out its history.Next
It is also known as the P-35 which is based on the introduction of the pistol in 1935. Quote: In 1943 when the model 1922 was starting to be produced for more than just the Luftwaffe and other specialist units, Germany decided to restart the numbering system. I enjoy firing the guns I collect at least once. The adjustable sight does not look like the few pictures I have seen of 1922 adjustables. Next, you can look to at the inscription on the left side of the slide and see if the script is San Serif or Serif. Just like distinguishing the 1899 and 1900 models, it is important to call a pistol by its correct designation.
The confusion with the 1922 comes from the fact that the Belgian military did end up buying the pistol in 1945. Here is an example of a pistol issued to the postwar Berlin Polizei in the American Zone of Occupation with such a serial number. Hi Jim, Thanks a lot for the response. It should be noted that the company did endure a German majority take-over from 1896 to 1914. Van der Linden accomplished what I always wanted to do; He published a book on the 1922s. The 1900 followed in mid 1900 after the Belgian military requested changes to the original Browning design. Maybe so, but there are a lot of things about this particular gun that greatly reduce its dollar value.Next