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I just picked up one of those that is stamped FN Browning but is made in Argentina and the serial number is 304xxx. Is there any way to tell what year that was made in? Also, are these just cheap knockoffs or licensed copies or what? Thanks in advance, John
 
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Interesting info. My .40 was made VERY late in 2002 and I bought it in the middle of 2006.

Is it common to have that long of a lead time from FN?
 
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I just bought one last week, I knew it had been used, but very lightly, according to that chart it was made in 1982.
 
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I have a BHP that was Made in Belgium that was purchased in Puerto Rico in 1970. The thing that throws me off is that the serial number is T28xxxx which does not match the information posted on the first page or on Browning's site. Could someone help me out?
 

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Someone posted here that T290xxx was a 1971 and the Ts continued up into 1975.

Give the Browning historian (Glen Jensen) a call, he has been very helpful in identifying year manufactured and original configuration. 800-333-3504

HTH,

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There are differences in the serialization coding between the FN-marketed guns and the Browning-marketed guns. The Browning ones will have the alpha-numeric product code first (i.e., "245" for 9mm, and "2W5" for .40, followed by a 2 letter alpha date code). The FN-marketed guns have a three-character numeric product code (i.e., "511" for 9mm, "513" for .40), which is then followed by the same 2 character date code (both FN and Browning Hi-Powers utlize the same date code system)-the numbers that follow the date code characters are the actual weapon serial number. A quick examination of Larry's initial date code chart lays this out, although the 1994 and 1998 specified info for Hi-Powers immediately above it is confusing and a bit misleading (sorry, Larry!)-combine this with the FN produced chart for FN marketed guns provided by Ozgunman and you'll get a pretty complete picture for FN and Browning codes over the years.

Best, Jon
 

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Jonhp,

no offense, we are here to learn and I'm very satisfied to read the following of this post.

Thanks all.
 

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ozygunman,
Am I reading that chart from FN correctly...did they only produce 585 9mm Hi-Powers in 2006? And if so, what does this low number mean for the future of Hi-Power production?
 
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