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Old 10-31-2006, 12:19 PM   #1
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Just an site for those interested in (civilian) numbers:

I modified the post to include the datas and translate them in english

1954-57 70000-80000

FN begins to sell the BHP on the civilian market

1958 80001-85276

1959 85268-89687

1960 89688-93027

1961 93028-109145

1962 109146-113548

1963 113549-115822

1964 115823-T136568

FN begins to introduce the T prefix during that year.

1965 T136569-T146372

1966 T146373-T173285

1967 T173286-T213999

1968 T214000-T258000

1969-75 T258001-T261000 + 69C1000-???

FN introduces a numbering system with a numerical prefix to identify the year, followed by the letter C (identification of the model HP).


FN introduces a 3 numbers prefix to designate the destination of the weapon (245 for civilian, 215 for military). It is followed by a 2 capital letters code for the year.


FN starts production of .40 BHPs with the prefix 4W5.


FN introduces a new prefix 510 for 9 mm BHPs.

Key for year code letters from 1976 on:











Example: 215RP11xxx for a military HP made in 1978 (mine).

It must precised that military contract pistols with special numbers do not fit in this board.


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Old 10-31-2006, 09:14 PM   #2
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Hello Larry & Thanks for the link.


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Old 11-01-2006, 06:50 AM   #3
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It does not mention the dates for the Hi-Powers with serial number in excess of T261000.

This is like the data provided on the Browning website.

It is helpful to be able to check the serial number list easily. So I was wondering if this post could be made a sticky so it could be easily used.

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Old 11-01-2006, 08:34 AM   #4
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I'll bet it can be.


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Old 11-20-2006, 07:24 PM   #5
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Old 11-27-2006, 10:03 PM   #6
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Information like that is priceless. Thanks.
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Old 12-03-2006, 10:50 PM   #7
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Just to throw a'spanner'. My 40S&W serial number is 513XXXXXXX - Anybody want to do this?
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Old 12-03-2006, 11:28 PM   #8
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I believe that that's the first reported with a 513 serial number prefix. HP's with a 511 prefix were manufactured in the 1999-2003 period and later. I don't think any 512 prefixes have been reported either.

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Yep it threw me, and I've been dealing with them for 30 years. It's a 1999 model. We have only one choice - Belgium
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Old 12-09-2006, 02:48 PM   #10
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thanks just what I was looking for.

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