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Old 12-16-2006, 07:56 PM   #11
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I was just looking at this thread again, and Ozgunman's post caused me to go look at my 40 S&W FN SFS-HP -- it too starts with 513xxxxxxx. I bought it new almost exactly a year ago.



My 9mm FN SFS-HP is at the gunsmiths right now, but I am 99% sure it is 511xxxxxxx. So is it possible that 513 designates the .40 series? I don't know how long FN has been making the .40 HPs.



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Old 12-18-2006, 10:27 PM   #12
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My 40cal BHP starts with 2W5NW





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Old 01-02-2007, 08:38 PM   #13
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First reply recieved to the enquiry, no data prior to 1999 in it, prefixes:

511 for 9mm,

513 for .40S&W,

516 for BDA; and

518 for BDAO-C.

Thank you Marie, Merci and Sergio.

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Serial Number list 1999 - 2006 thanks to the Good People at FN







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Old 01-05-2007, 12:03 PM   #15
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I have two BHPs - one an FN, the other a Browning. Both carry the 245 serial number series. The Browning has a 1989 code, and appears to be a Mk III - firing pin block, ambi safety smooth slide top. It also has what appears to be a parkerized finish. It's quite rough, and almost green.



The FN is allegedly an Israeli military import. The safety is (was; I replaced it) the left-side only, and is a little-bitty Mk. I style. It has the ugly black finish and everything carries the serial number - frame, slide & barrel.



Did the Izzy military pistols have civillian serial numbers from FN?



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Jay Bee, yes they did.
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Old 01-06-2007, 03:06 AM   #17
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ozgunman:



WOW!! How'd you get that table from FN?



That table answers a lot of questions. (And raises a bunch, too.)





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G'Day,

I found an email address in the 'Contact Us' on the FN Belgium site and sent a very polite request last November. It bounced around (everbody at FN wanted to help it seemed) and there you go!
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Can one assume that Hi Powers branded as Browning as well as FN branded follow the same sequence. I just purchased a .40 BHP Practical with a serial number beginning with 513mw..
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Yes. It appears that when or after HP's are serial numbered, some are then roll-marked "Browning" for U.S. distribution and others "Fabrique Nationale" for marketing elsewhere. There has never been a correlation between whether HP's are Browning or FN marked and how they are serial numbered reported.





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