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FN Browning Hi Power (GP35) Pistole 640(b) holster

Article about: Hi Guys, while at a show last weekend I picked up a nice find for a great price. A holster for the FN made Browning Hi Power / GP35 semi auto pistol. Known to German forces as the Pistole 64

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    Super pistols Guys!

    Hi Mark, have a look here for the markings they are very small and if lightly stampted can be hard to see.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Ade - you are right!! I can see a very faint one - but it was stamped directly under where the underide of the metal nipple rubs against the holster so it was very hard to find. Lightly stamped but there. Thanks!
    MarkV
    COL, U.S. Army (Ret.)

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    Hurrah!

    Cheers, Ade.

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    I'm thinking some thread revival here, I've really been bitten by the HP bug lately, and to think I almost sold it once...

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    Well, since we've resurrected this one, I do have a question. What grips are correct for mine? The SN is 52642b. I picked up the grips in the picture above but also have the black bakelite grips that were on the pistol when my father-in-law gave it to me.
    MarkV
    COL, U.S. Army (Ret.)

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    These are beautiful pistols and a great looking holster Ade.

    Cheers
    Nuno

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    Quote by MarkV View Post
    Well, since we've resurrected this one, I do have a question. What grips are correct for mine? The SN is 52642b. I picked up the grips in the picture above but also have the black bakelite grips that were on the pistol when my father-in-law gave it to me.
    Black/brown plastic grips are likely the originals. I saw your pic a day or so
    ago and was going to mention they are modern types ( lacquered with
    light toning ) but sometimes originals get damaged and good replace-
    ments cannot be readily found. Are the reverse sides of each grip
    painted red, and could you post a close-up of the gun.........?


    Below: Original wartime substitutes on a 1943-'44 pistol ( Ser# 15002b )
    and what a wooden set should look like - natural wood, darkened and
    stained from age/use on a pre-war Belgian P-35.
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    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Canadian Inglis Browning HP grips are of black plastic, and have
    a lanyard ring cutout at the bottom of the left panel.........
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Steve,

    Thanks! The wood grips do have red lacquer on the inside. The pistol was my father-in-law's and I am not sure how he got it. He's a WWII Navy vet and never got close to Europe. He told me he got the pistol from his father but his memory is sometimes clouded now so I'm not really sure of the pistol's origin.

    I do know that then he gave it to me it, unfortunately, had been nickel plated. The plating had started to wear off in places so I decided to have it stripped and refinished. I figured that being plated had already killed it as a collector so I could do no more harm. I found a smith who slow etched the plating off. Fortunately, he was able to save the markings.

    I will get some pics up but probably won't be able to get them up until tomorrow. I'll put them up in the firearms section. And, I'll put the black grips back on.
    MarkV
    COL, U.S. Army (Ret.)

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    Great looking holster Ade.
    thanks for show iy to us.


    John
    I specialize in M1 carbines and Lugers.

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