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After the Germans left the FN factory complex, production started again. FN started the 'A' series in November/December, 1944.


Most of the exterior German markings (ie: test proof and the WaA marking) were removed.

This example, Serial number A117, shows crude machining marks, no magazine safety, the 'MR" markings on the trigger guard have been removed, some markings (which had appeared on late WWII German Hi-Powers) on the left side of the frame above the grip, Bakelite grips, and the barrel is WaA 140 marked.

The “A” in the serial number is only on the frame.

Belgian commercial proofs on left side.



Right view - Serial Number A117

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Serial Number area

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Left view - Serial Number A117

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Left side markings:

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Note that this Hi-Power has the tangent sight and slot for the stock. To date, only two examples are known.

Most of the exterior German markings (ie: test proof and the WaA marking) were removed.

This example, Serial number A173, does not show the crude machining marks. It has no magazine safety, the 'MR" markings on the trigger guard have not been removed, Bakelite grips, and the barrel is WaA marked. ( Faint WaA 140 on barrel. )

The “A” in the serial number is only on the frame.

Belgian commercial proofs on left side.


Right view - Serial Number A173

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Serial Number area

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Left view - Serial Number A173

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Left side markings:

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Barrel

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Around January, 1945, the Belgian government ordered Hi-Powers from FN.
All of the German markings on the exterior and interior were removed. The “B” was added to indicate Belgian use. In 1946, The Belgian government place another order for Hi-Powers, which are dated 46 and have the serial number type of AbxxxxBL.


Only two of these examples (“B” added) are known at the present time.


This example, Serial number A2592B, is finely finished. It has no magazine safety.

The “A” in the serial number is only on the frame.

Note that the “B” has been added.


Belgian commercial proofs on left side.



Right view - Serial Number A2592B

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Serial Number area

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Left view - Serial Number A2592B

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This Hi-Power does not have the "A" prefix, but it is of the same period.

This is a Hi-Power with tangent sights and a stock slot. The serial number is in the German fashion.

The pistol has the German ‘MR’ markings on the left trigger guard web and the under the tangent sight on the slide.

There may be a very, very faint WaA 140 marking on the barrel like some of the tops of the numerals were not removed. Or I could be looking too hard.

It should be noted that this has the magazine safety.

Also, it should be noted that it has no Belgian proofing.

Note the grips,, which are almost identical to the 1930 type grips used. Fine wood, fine checkering, etc. Also note that the underside of the tang has been shaped and rounded.

I know that during 1945 and late 1944, servicemen (US, British, etc) could go to FN and order a Hi-Power, even made to their specifications.

Except for one item I would think that this is one of those special order type Hi-Powers as it has some German marked parts and no Belgian proofing. The lack of Belgian proofs would be consistent with an early purchase, before the government proofing system was set up.

The one thing that does not fit is that it has a magazine safety.

In any event, I purchased it around 25 years ago. It was represented to me as a pre-war Hi-Power. I paid the price that was then the going rate for a pre-war Hi-Power. That price did not reflect the work that has went into it.

If someone has some comments or ideas (good or bad) about it, I would appreciate hearing them. It has been a little puzzle to me.



Right view - Serial Number 1055

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Serial Number area

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Left view - Serial Number 1055

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Left side markings:
(Note - No Belgian commercial proofs or any other proof)

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Grip/tang area

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