BRIEF: Canadian Inglis Pistol No.1 Mk.1*, FN/Browning Hi-Power 9mm Parabellum
The High Power is the only sidearm that served for both sides in WW2 -
Germany used many HPs manufactured in occupied Belgium, while Allies used HPs manufactured mostly in Canada by company Inglis.
Mfd in Canada during WWII originally for the Chinese Army - never got there (as it is in excellent condition).
There were two versions - one with a fixed rear sight and THIS ""Chinese contract"" version, supposedly made for China, which has an adjustable rear sight and detachable shoulder stock.
HOWEVER, this does not have any Chinese markings.
This pistol was popular with covert operations and commando groups such as the U.S. Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and the nascent British SAS (Special Air Service) Regiment.
Belgian FN engineers escaped to Britain in 1940, taking many designs, including the Browning GP35(qv).
In 1942 they were sent to Canada where they helped establish a production line for the Pistol, Canadian, No1, Mk.1*.
There are Canadian Military markings on the right side of the frame near the trigger guard. Supposedly, these pistols, so marked, were used by paratroopers and tank personnel.
The Mk I*, like this one, are supposed to have an improved ejector and a modified rear sight.
CALIBER: 9x19, 9mm Parabellum (Luger), 4 groove RH rifling, 13 round box magazine
99% flat black ""Canadian"" finish (appears almost like its painted).
Bore is bright & shiny with strong rifling.
YEAR OF MFR: 1944-45
REMARKS: The Hi-Power had the first functional double-column magazine of 9 mm rounds, and was capable of holding 13 cartridges, with a 14th loaded in the chamber.
The pistol is often referred to as an HP (for ""Hi-Power"" or ""High-Power"") or as a GP (for the French term, ""Grande Puissance"").
The term P-35 is also used, based on the introduction of the pistol in 1935.
Another common nickname is the "King of Nines."
It is most often called the ""Hi-Power"", even in Belgium.
It is also known as the BAP (Browning Automatic Pistol), particularly in Irish service.
SERIAL#: 5CH1790 ("CH" stands for Chinese)
MARKS: Left of slide: ""MK.I*"", ""Browning FN 9MM HP Inglis Canada"",
Top: sight marked 50 thru 500,
Right of slide: ""5CH1790""Left of hammer: ""II"",
Right of frame: ""C"", crossed axes with a small crown above, ""5CH1790"".
HISTORY: Mfd in Canada during WWII (1942-45) for the Chinese Army as well as Britain & Canada, probably never got there as it is in excellent condition.
Optimists that they are, the Chinese ordered these with 500 meter rear adjustable sights & a slot for a stock for better accuracy.
A team of Belgian engineers from FN escaped to Britain in 1940, taking with them a number of designs, including those for the Browning GP35(qv).
In 1942 they were sent across the Atlantic, where they helped establish a production line (in Canada) which was designated the Pistol, Canadian, No1, Mk1.
In 1942 John Inglis Co. of Canada was asked to supply the Model 1935 (HP) pistols to China.
The project started slowly, as metric dimensions had to be converted, but production, 151,816, guns were made from February 1944 to sept 1945.
Some of these were supplied to British, Canadian and Greek forces in addition to the Chinese.
The British Army recognised four variants of the Model 1935:
Pistol Browning, FN 9mm No1 MK 1 with a back sight adjustable to 500 Meters and provisions for shoulder stock;
Pistol Browning FN 9mm No1 MK1* with an improved ejector and a modified back sight;
Pistol Browning, FN 9mm No2 MK1 with a fixed rear sight and no stock lug and
Pistol Browning FN 9mm No2 MK 2 a variant the improved ejector.
The High Power is easily field stripped. It can be done in the dark.
When disassembled, it should consist of the following pieces:
The frame, the slide, the barrel, the magazine, the slide locking lever, the main spring and the main spring guide. Seven pieces including the magazine.
To strip the weapon do the following:
Remove the magazine by pushing the magazine release lever which is on the left side of the gun behind the trigger guard.
Pull back the slide. This will eject a round if there is one in the chamber. Then look through the ejection port on the right side of the gun to visually check that the chamber is empty.
Pull the slide back again and engage the safety lever (usually on the left rear of the gun above the grip) in the second - forward - notch of the slide.
The gun should now have the slide held back, the chamber exposed and the front of the barrel exposed.
Push the rear toggle of the slide locking lever up to the top of the slide.
Push the the pin end of the lever that protrudes on the right side of the gun.
From the left side of the gun, grab the now protruding slide locking lever and remove it.
Push the safety catch down and push the slide forward over the front of the gun and lay it aside.
The slide will now have the barrel, mainspring and mainspring guide inside it.
To disassemble further:
Hold the slide with one hand and push the mainspring toward the front of the slide.
Then lift the mainspring and mainspring guide.
Lift and the barrel away from the slide and lay aside. The mainspring and mainspring guide can then be separated.
To reassemble the unit, reverse the above procedure.
FEATURES: Differed from Belgian counterparts only in minor details; a lanyard ring is attached to the lower part of the grip (missing on this gun) and the sights varied.
Has slot at bottom of backstrap for a wooden combination holster-cum-stock (shoulderstock).
More info can be found at:
html/forum and at http://www.hipowersandhandguns.com/HiPowerComments.html
CLIP/MAG: original, no markings (proper), black plastic, pretty sharp checkering
ADDL.ACCS.: Comes with a NEW firing pin (I bought it that way - I don't know if it actually needs it).
SIZE: 7.8"" (197mm) oal, 4.7"" (118mm), 35.0 oz (1.0 kg)
This is a really nice gun - it would make a great carry gun.
BRIEF: Canadian Inglis Pistol No.1 Mk.1*, FN/Browning Hi-Power 9mm Parabellum The High Power is the only sidearm that served for both sides in WW2 - Germany
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