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Old 03-29-2007, 09:55 AM   #1
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Good or bad? Just got a 9mm Hi-Power.

It's marked F.N.Browning Armscorp Silver Springs MD.

Made in Argentina Serial # 2949xx Very nice shape.

Black with black plastic grips. fixed sights,1 mag. $300 Did I do good or bad? Going out to shoot it, will follow up with a range report.

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Old 03-29-2007, 10:08 AM   #2
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I say field strip clean and oil and go see how she shoots. I am not that tuned into what they cost but if it shoots good how could you have gone wrong. Enjoy your new gun and give us a range report on how it does. Good luck and good shooting.
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Old 03-29-2007, 02:47 PM   #3
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Well I went out and put 50 rounds thru it. No failures of any type. Was shooting winchester white box 115 FMJ. Shooting offhand, all shots went low and to the left, in a too large of a group( I'm way out of practice). First time I ever shot a Hi-Power What a sweet pistol. Bit me once but I learn quick, no more problems. Will wait and try different ammo off of a rest before I make any adjustments. Did I mention what sweet pistol? Sights are kind of small for old eyes but it points very natural. All in all I really like it, nice feel, good balance. What a sweet pistol. It may be just my first. bunt
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Old 03-30-2007, 12:46 AM   #4
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$300 for one in "Very nice shape" is a good buy. My near-mint one cost me $375 around 8-10 years ago.



The Argentine FM's closely mimicked the HP in features during the time they were made. The early FM's had the HP's tiny sights, ring hammer and difficult-to-manipulate safety. As FN/Browning upgraded these features, FM followed within a few years after. 1970's-80's production FM's are higher quality than later ones; it sounds like you got an older one if it has the traditional, early HP, small sights.



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Old 03-30-2007, 07:50 PM   #5
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It has the tiny sights, but with a spur hammer. Safety is kind of rough to use. Is Armscorp just the importer? Gotta go to work, can't shoot till next week. thanks all bunt
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Old 03-31-2007, 02:02 AM   #6
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FN/Browning replaced the ring hammer with a spur hammer on the Hi-Power in, I think, 1973, so your Argie FM HP clone would not be older than that and probably at least a couple of years younger. I don't know when FM followed FN/Browing in upgrading the sights and thumb safety, but it was probably sometime in the 1980's after the Mark II Hi-Power with decent, high-profile combat sights and a useable thumb safety was introduced in 1982. This is just kind of educated guessing, but your item is likely mid-70's to mid/late-80's production. (After this period, FM's licensing agreement with FN/Browning expired and their product had a slide contuour markedly different from what they had been manufacturing.)



Yes, Armscorp was the importer.





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Old 03-31-2007, 12:27 PM   #7
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The previous gentleman is correct. FM made changes to their licensed production of the Hi-Power when and if FN gave them both the permission and revisions related to their licensing agreement. FM changed the hammer from the original example to the spur model (among other small changes) after they purchased 5,500 Belgian-made FN's around 1977-78. That's about as close to an accurate date as can be ascertained from what little FM has released about their production changes. I believe FN-Belgium terminated their licensing agreement with FM-Argentina sometime in the very early 1990's.



Your Armscorp-imported Hi-Power would have been manufactured sometime around the 1986-1989 time period and in turn, imported in 1989 and 1990. It was said at the time that Armscorp imported approx. 12,000 Argentine FM Hi-Powers. Just going from memory, the serial number range was from approx. 290,000 to around 303,000. Other than a couple of thousand examples later imported by Century International Arms, these were probably the last "military" FM-made Hi-Powers to leave the D.G.F.M. small arms factory at Rosario.



Afterward, FM-made Hi-Powers were imported by Century International Arms in St. Alban, VT until around 1994 when they were changed in appearance (ala 1911 slide ect) and imported by Sportarms in Miami Fl. Sportarms sold them thru a South Florida distributor (Valor Corp) until they ran out in the late 1990's. Hope this helps. Good luck.



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Old 03-31-2007, 08:09 PM   #8
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Thanks for all the info. Just one more question. Could someone tell me what FM stands for? Just curious. bunt oops google took 4 sec. to find that out. DGFM = Direccion General de Fabricaciones Militares.
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Hello. I believe that FM stands for "Fabrica Militar" or "Fabrica Militar de Armas Portatiles" or something very similar which translates "Military Arms Factory". This is probably not exact, but close.



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