I believe that the grips with the "orange" color on the inside are pre-war and early occupation WaA613 pistols. All the WaA140 pistols I have seen have either the grips with plain wood showing inside or brown bakelite.
I am sure someone with more specific serial number ranges will shed more light on this subject.
Re: High Power grips. Anthony Vanderlinden, in his book "The Belgian Browning Pistols", on page 170 states that the typical prewar grip panel had a red paint backing so that the wood could not absorb moisture and rust the frame. This practice was discontinued during World War II, but was reintroduced by FN in the second part of the 1940's, after which the practice was abandoned.
The wartime wooden grips did not have the red paint backing. The third type of grip was the Bakelite, an early form of plastic.
Anthonys book is very good, and has taught me a great deal about FN pistols.
Just as a note of possible interest, my tangent sight/slotted frame High Power, sn: 44071 has the red painted grip interiors, and so does my postwar Austrian Police HP, sn: 9100 marked: LGK T.
i don,t think they are post war i may be wrong it,s a dipped pistol,is there anyway to tell if they are?. also it is not import marked the high luster blue hides the dip good,but alas there blue inside the barrel it also came with a mag with a spilt base and silver follower marked jl on base and on front spine seral no. is 125638 all matching seral gave 700 for it very good to excellent bore i think i did all right a new hi-power costs 600 were i live ashville n.c. thanks
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