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Old 01-06-2021, 01:41 PM   #1
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Saw an interesting High Power today

Used gun in a Gun/Jewelry store. Appeared to be chrome. Matte finish on most of it, the sides of the slide with the Browning roll mark were polished. Some kind of adjustable sight, ring hammer, Pachmayer wrap around grip. Frame was scuffed above the trigger. Mag was plated to match the gun, appeared to be full size mag. Did not get a date or serial on it

Slide appeared to be cut down to commander length. Store assistant was confident it was not custom and was produced by Browning as the compact length. Could not convince him otherwise but did not try very hard.

Tag price was 1400. I thought that seemed high but am not a fan of chrome and am not immediately in the market for another High Power.
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Old 01-06-2021, 06:11 PM   #2
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Both FM and Arcus made Detective Slide pistols. I have heard that FN/Browning made a few but they were never released. Proof of concept only. C&S once made a custom job called "the Pathfinder".



What you saw was likely a custom cut down... a couple years ago I spoke with a shop about doing such a thing because the FM Detective Slide (I have one Detective Kit) does not have the sexy curves of an FN/Browning. It looked like an expensive proposition which would require a long wait while not having the standardization of the FM or Arcus. I also looked into having the FM slide shaved down to reflect the High Power design. This was also pretty expensive and that fine fellow who said he could do it is now retired.


You should stop back in and take a closer look. If an FN/Browning short slide had been made and escaped into the wild, it might be quite a collectors item!


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Tim
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Old 01-13-2021, 11:43 PM   #3
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Would you pay 1400 for it if it was an original?
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Old 01-14-2021, 02:11 AM   #4
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If it was a stock short slide High Power as it came from the FN factory, sure! It could be a bargain for a pistol so rare that no one has ever seen one. I am pretty certain such a pistol does not exist and the store assistant is absolutely mistaken.



If it is, as I suspect, a High Power with a custom cut down slide, I would need to know who did the work before I made an offer. I would also want to test fire it many many times and take her apart to see what's what. Your description of it's appearance also suggests it has been refinished. "Frame scuffed above the trigger" may indicate an amateur attempt at removing the magazine disconnect safety.



I would likely pay $500 for it if it passed my in store inspection... but I am cheap and have 3 perfectly fine full size spare slides. One of them will surely work with the frame.


Again, I am confident it is not in factory condition.


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Tim

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