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Old 11-21-2005, 11:50 PM   #1
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??? Hello All, New member here . I was directed here in hopes of possibly obtaining some info on what appears to be an Argentine Police Hi Power I have recently acquired

Description is as follows

With the pistol field stripped next to me on the desk this is what I see looking at the pistol components



Brownings Patent Depose

slide Top Shield/crest best description I have is wreath surrounding oval shield and what appears to be a pair of hands in the handshake position in the lower half of the oval

Slide Right Side 01295

Barrel - Left side lower chamber area "cal 9m/mP

Right side upper chamber area Lion symbol over PV ' K over what appears to be an oval with a crown(looks like an

ordnance bomb to me) on it with the letters E over LG in the oval

Right side lower chamber area 01295

Frame - Left side - I stamped on trigger guard and a K on its back by trigger pivot pin.

Right side - 01295 Policia Prov BS Aires - 61

Import mark appears to be Gibbs rifle co

wtsbg KY

Where would I find the FN marking?

It appears refinished ( totally uniform in color black almost no wear present )Some old pitting/rust in the grip frame area under the panels.

Hope this helps narrow it down some.



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Old 11-22-2005, 01:21 AM   #2
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Fabrique Nationale de Armes de Guerre was the FN marking of the day. It literally translates to national maker of weapons of war.
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Old 11-22-2005, 02:29 AM   #3
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Hi here Pedro,

Welcome to the board! You will find a lot of good folks and information here:

For some reason, tracing the lineage of the Argentine Hi Powers has been a topic of a lot good information recently.

I own an Argentinian HP of relatively recent manufacture and here is a thread where the subject has recently been discussed:


It sounds like your HP was a pistol made in Belgium as an Argentine contract pistol before a license was granted by FN to Argentina to build the pistols themselves.

What is the physical decription of the pistol, i.e. sights, does it have a lanyard ring, spur or ring hammer and ect?

Again, welcome to the board!

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Old 11-22-2005, 05:47 AM   #4
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The Argies began making HP's in Argentina under license from FN in the late 1960's (1968, I believe), but prior to that they purchased HP's from FN in upwards of several contract runs in the post-war period. Yours appears to be one of the Belgian-made police or military contract guns. I have no idea what entity the crest on the top of slide refers to.

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Old 11-22-2005, 08:48 AM   #5
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Mine is # 00982 with 2 matching Ser # mags. The # are factory numbers serialized for the FN factory run made for Buenos Aires Police "Div. Internal Security". I believe the slide top marking is the Argentine Crest.

This factory run was 1961, thus the 61 on the right hand slide. My notes show these were re-finished in matte ( & refurbished?) for export, new plain cardboard box made, and I bought mine in 2002, with no import marking. Internal extractor, red-backed wood grips, no 'thumbprint, fixed sights--typical excellent Belgian example. My notes also show about 8000 were made under this contract, right now I don't remember where I got this info-but it wasn't dreamed up!

:) Interesting example, like many other FN HP's. Regards, G>M>F>

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