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orangello 10-10-2009 05:38 PM

browning HiPower with attachable wooden stock?
A nice dude on the car forum i frequent inherited a browning HiPower 9mm from his dad. He doesn't want to sell it, but is curious about the value, presumably for insurance.

He mentioned that it attached to its holster like a detachable stock. From what the Wikipedia site says, that feature was discontinued after WW2. I am wondering about his legal situation/requirements with that pistol. Isn't the attachable stock a NONO, like a short barrel rifle? He is in California. I don't think there is much paperwork with the gun.

His father also left him a couple of other pistols (mauser & a walther) & a few rifles which he has to share with a sibling.

edit* Info he posted: Mauser HSC "01.32532" 9mm Short, Browning 9mm HiPower "8031" made in Herstal Belgium (Not sure exactly what model it is, but the gun does attach to its wooden case), Walther P38/P1 9mm "241494" "1494" "2/64" (has the orginal box that says it wasa West German Police Trade-In). And some rifles: Top-Remington Model 34, Winchester Model 94-30 WCF-"1249238", Not sure what the 2nd from the bottom is, & Browning Bar-22 Semi-Auto rifle. pics he posted

masterPsmith 10-10-2009 06:07 PM

Do not ever, in California, be out somewhere with the shoulder stock attached.
If you take it out to shoot it, do not take the shoulder stock with you. There is not much more I can say or make it any more clear than that.
Yes, it would be a short barreled rifle when the two are together !!!!!


I posted before the pics loaded. I don't think, by looking at the photo that it has an attachment location for a shoulder stock. Although I can't see if the backstrap is slotted......

orangello 10-10-2009 06:13 PM

How safe/legal do you think he would be if both were displayed on his wall or in a display case? Honestly, he doesn't strike me as the type to put them to much use, not the pistols anyway.

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