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LITHUANIAN HIGH POWER, SERIAL NUMBER 4874
In about 1937 to 1939 FN shipped about 7000 FN Browning High Power pistols to Lithuania. These had a fixed lanyard at the butt of the grip, a stock slot, and a tangent rear sight graduated in 50 meter increments to 500 meters. The Lithuanian crest (Pillars of Gediminas) is roll stamped on top of the slide and an inspection stamp in the shape of the crest is located on almost every part including the components of the magazine. According to Vanderlinden (The Belgian Browning Pistols, 2001, page 182) the Lithuanian inspector accomplished the inspections in Liege at the FN Factory between 1937 and 1939. Vanderlinden reports 12 Lithuanian High Powers in the serial range 72 to 6437.

In 1939 the Soviet Union occupied some strategic points in the independent state of Lithuania. In June 1940 the Red Army occupied the remainder of the country and Army officers and political leaders were executed. The Soviet Union was in the process of absorbing Lithuania when the June 22, 1941 German attack on the Soviet Union begun. Lithuania was quickly occupied (liberated) by the German Army. It is likely that many of the Lithuanian High Powers were captured and used by the German Army.

For more detailed information on the Lithuanian High Power see Vanderlinden, The Belgian Browning Pistols 1889-1949, 2001, page 182; and Axis Pistols page 102 and 104.


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Figure 1. Left side and top, Lithuanian High Power, serial number 4874. This pistol was purchased from Bob Adams over 30 years ago.


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Figure 2. Top, Lithuanian High Power, serial number 4874. The Lithuanian crest represents the Pillars of Gediminas. Inspection stamps in the shape of the crest are located on almost every part including the components of the magazine.




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Figure 4. Details of slide legend and Belgium proofs, Lithuanian High Power, serial number 4874.


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Figure 5. Lithuanian High Power, serial number 4874, with its German Holster and extra magazine. The magazines have a split bottom.


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Figure 6. Lithuanian High Power, serial number 4874. Showing its open holster. The German Army holster is marked E/WaA195 and epf / 1942
 
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