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Old 10-18-2007, 07:56 PM   #1
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I inherited a Belgium BHP from my Dad, and wanted to find out if it was a Mark I or Mark II. I went to the Browning site, and could not match the serial number on the front strap to the year. The serial number is:770C53354. It has a single, right side safety, and thin blade sights on the front and rear. I think it is a Mark II made in the '70s, but not sure.

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Old 10-18-2007, 08:11 PM   #2
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Hello, and welcome. Perhaps some of the folks more "up" on Hi Power serial numbers and such can help in that regard; I'm not much in this area but the Mk II did not arrive on the scene until the '80's.

The Mk II pistols have a narrow full-length rib atop the slide and the front sight is integral to it.

I think that you have a classic style Hi Power with fixed sights and probably with a spur hammer.

My Hi Powers from the '70's have serial numbers similar to what you posted, ie: they begin "71C..." or "72C..." so perhaps your pistol was made in 1977. (The "0" is the kicker.) Hopefully, others who know for sure.


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Old 10-18-2007, 08:24 PM   #3
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Ya that is the problem I had too. After 1975 Browning changed the code for 9MM to 245 then two letters and a four digit serial nimber. It does have a spur hammer. There is no full lenght rib atop of the slide. The front sight is a small half moon blade that looks like it is integral to the slide. I was wanting to do some work on it. Trigger job, new Hammer and Sear, but not sure of the model
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