SOLD - Rare FN Browning High Power - Test Proof

Type: High Power
Maker: FN Browning
Caliber: 9mm
Condition: ~75%
Bore: 7.5/10
Year: 1944-45
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was $1,895.00 Special Price $1,695.00
Availability: Out of stock
SKU
1940b - 13484
11/12/20 - This is a rare FN Browning High Power from the Nazi era with test proof only on slide. The pistol features several Eagle proofs with swastika in the talons but no military acceptance proofs. This one is especially rare in that the slide has the test proof, but it is not accompanied by the Eagle/N proofs that would more commonly be seen on this variation. It's estimated that only 5-8% of pistols made during the WaA140 era are Eagle/N or test proof only, and the test proof only pistols are more rare of the two. Some collectors have suggested that these pistols were supplied to German/Nazi law enforcement groups, and that test proof only pistols were true commercial pistols that were supplied to company securities and select individuals. This info comes from Vanderlinden's book on FN pistols, but he states he has found no proof on this matter in either direction, and that the significance of the test proof is unclear. The pistol itself is all matching and original with about 70-75% blue remaining. There's a general thinning and patina to the slide and straps. The wood grips are original and in good condition with no cracks or chips. Bore has strong rifling but a little freckling in the grooves. Original magazine.
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Condition ~75%
Bore 7.5/10
Caliber 9mm
Maker FN Browning
Year 1944-45
Type High Power