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I just picked up a Nazi marked fixed sight Hi Power. I'm fairly sure the grips it came with are after markets. I've attaced pictures of them. Can anyone tell me where I might be able to pick up a set of original grips?

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jb,
Those are probably the wrong grips due to the lanyard cut out. The lanyard cut out looks to big for the Inglis. Did your pistol have some type of lanyard loop? The Germans used the brown bakelite grips on later prodution High-Powers. They will have no cut out for a lanyard ring. They are tough to find.
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HI:
The grips are from an Inglis. Dgiz was correct that the lanyard cut-out is the give away.

You should probably be looking for wood grips that do not have red on the inside. The red paint ws used pre and post war.

If you provide the serial number we can check the date it was made and give you better direction.

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jb;

According to the references available to me, only two suffixes will be found on German acceptance marked Hi-Powers; they are suffix a & b and will be found on WaA140 stamped pistols. The b suffix ended at approx 63000b, therefore your pistol would fit into the b suffix range and would have been assembled quite late in the occupation. Both wood and bakelite grips are correct for your pistol as bakelite did not replace wood grips, merely supplementing their use. One help in dating your pistol; in the spring of 1944 the manner of serial numbering the pistols changed. While the slide was stamped with the entire serial # and suffix, the frame was only stamped with the last 3 digets of the serial # + suffix.

WaA140 Hi-powers are the most common encountered, however, the standard wooden grips are more commonly found than the bakelite.

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jb,
* In case you have not seen this auction.

http://www.auctionarms.com/search/displayitem.cfm?itemnum=5876713.

* As always, I have no financial interest in this auction & have not verified the authenticity of this offering.

* Please note: These are not described as WWII vintage nor German Assembled HP grips. That would have to be a question for the seller.

* Just thought you'd like to know!
 

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quote:Originally posted by garfield

jb;

According to the references available to me, only two suffixes will be found on German acceptance marked Hi-Powers; they are suffix a & b and will be found on WaA140 stamped pistols. The b suffix ended at approx 63000b, therefore your pistol would fit into the b suffix range and would have been assembled quite late in the occupation. Both wood and bakelite grips are correct for your pistol as bakelite did not replace wood grips, merely supplementing their use. One help in dating your pistol; in the spring of 1944 the manner of serial numbering the pistols changed. While the slide was stamped with the entire serial # and suffix, the frame was only stamped with the last 3 digets of the serial # + suffix.

WaA140 Hi-powers are the most common encountered, however, the standard wooden grips are more commonly found than the bakelite.

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Thanks for the dating help. Mine is the late gun with the three diget serial number on some of the parts.
 
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