Description Updated: Rare FN (Fabrique Nationale) BROWNING, Mode...
Item # 4459
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Currently US $1050 First bid $1000
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Started 2020-07-30 00:00:00
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Description Updated: Rare FN (Fabrique Nationale) BROWNING, Model High Power ''Training Pistol'', Cal. 9mm, Semi-Auto, Mfg. 1935-38, Belgium, SN: 52, 4 1/2'' barrel, Marked ''PIST. De MANIPULATION No 52'', Translation ''Training pistol No. 52''. According to the book 'FN Browning Pistols Side-arms that Shaped World History' by author Anthony Vanderlinden, pgs 276-277, an estimated 110 training pistols were delivered prior to 1938. The pistols were painted red, as they were not intended for firing & most were never shipped to the Liege proofhouse. While most only carry proofs on the barrel, this particular example does carry proofs on the left side of the slide. Most of these training pistol are encounterd today with very little red paint remaining except possibly in proteceted areas, which is the case with this example. There is just a touch remaining inside the hole of the hammer & lots of red on the flat spring & coil spring inside the the backstrap. Anthony states, ''Although marked as training pistols and not proofed by the Liege proof-house nor tested and marked at the state arsenals. Training pistols are fully funtional.'' These pistols do carry the Belgian military parts acceptance markings (circle H) on various parts. The ''H'' stamp can be observed on the left side of the slide above the trigger. The original checkered wood grips are excellent. Metal blue finish is 85%, Bore is excellent. Fitted with a 50 - 500 Tangent rear sight, Slotted backstrap for wood holster stock. A wonderful No. 52 manipulation stamped training pistol. Here is a rare opportunity to buy a one of only 110 pistols produced with far fewer still existing. FFL or C&R Req. - Value: 2000 to 6000



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Description Updated: Rare FN (Fabrique Nationale) BROWNING, Mode...
Item # 4459
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