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Old 02-25-2013, 04:06 AM   #21
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Thanks for the tip Charlie. Hoppe's, a soft T shirt, some patience and the white stuff in the Argentine crest is gone.

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This is a 1961 or possibly earlier FN Hi Power. The 1961 comes from the stamp on the frame stating that it was put into service for the Buenos Aires Provincial Police in 1961. I contacted FN to try and narrow down the manufacture date and am waiting to hear back.

The left side of the frame is stamped Div. Interna Sec. and there's a worn crest on top of the slide. I've got to figure out how to remove the white outline.

It's numbers matching frame, slide and barrel. No import mark! It was refurbished by FM in Argentina and it was reblued as well. It has the box from FM and it's numbered to the pistol. The grips are the ones that came with it, but I have a set of early Hi Power wooden stocks with the red backs coming for it.

It's in beautiful condition and is now my carry pistol.

I realize this is the 1911 forum, but I figured it's J.M.B.'s design, so...
That's a really good lookin handgun. Your lucky to own piece of history
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Thank you John.

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You guys have definitely perked my interest in the hi-power. I'm looking for a carry piece in 9 mil and this just may be exactly what I'm looking for. The CZ sounds real interesting too. How much would one of the older FN's run, assuming you could find one?

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Prices vary on condition and age. There are lots of variations and some are more desirable than others. "T" and "C" models seem to be more highly sought after. There are variations in the sights as well. The pistols made in Belgium seem to be the most sought after. The early models had an internal extractor and after 1962 they went to an external extractor. There's nothing wrong with that, but some folks prefer one or the other. Personally I think the internal extractor looks cleaner. Another variation is that the newer HP's are manufactured in Belgium but assembled in Portugal.

This is an excellent source of information, the late Stephen Camp was an expert on Hi Powers: http://www.hipowersandhandguns.com/

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That sites awesome, lot to digest there. Thanks for the link CA!

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Everybody should have at least one Hi Power! Over the years, I've gathered-up three---they are still here...

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