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USAF315
02-16-2012, 08:33 PM
Hey all,

My father gave me a Browning Hi-Power with waffenampts on it since he knows I'm starting to collect military surplus weapons. I know absolutely nothing about this thing and was wondering if you could fill me in. I'm just wondering if they are rare, value, reliability, etc...

NRA
02-17-2012, 06:12 AM
Hey all,

My father gave me a Browning Hi-Power with waffenampts on it since he knows I'm starting to collect military surplus weapons. I know absolutely nothing about this thing and was wondering if you could fill me in. I'm just wondering if they are rare, value, reliability, etc...

I heard these were very bad pistols, so you need to send it to me as fast as you can and never look back.:biggrin1:

RyanE
02-17-2012, 10:51 AM
Hey all,

My father gave me a Browning Hi-Power with waffenampts on it since he knows I'm starting to collect military surplus weapons. I know absolutely nothing about this thing and was wondering if you could fill me in. I'm just wondering if they are rare, value, reliability, etc...


Pictures (or at least a better description) will get you the answers you are looking for. I like the Hi Powers, and IMO they are among the best pistols produced during the war. The early models with the tangent sights can bring a lot of coin, but the later, poorly finished examples are still quite valuable.

Rogerbutthead
02-17-2012, 11:46 AM
I culled this information from a number of sites. It is around 7 years old. No idea how accurate it is.

Collectors generally recognize three types of Nazi marked Hi-Power pistols. From the plant's seizure by the Germans in May of 1940 to its liberation in September of 1944, over 319,000 High Powers pistols were manufactured for the German Wehrmacht.

Early type-1 pistols have WaA613 Army acceptance stamp, commercial grade finish, walnut grips, tangent sight and a slot for a shoulder stock. First variation models are the most valuable, they have serial numbers under 53000, and were manufactured from pre-occupation parts that were in stock at the FN factory at the time of takeover. Values for this type range from about $1000 to about $3000.

Type-2 pistols have WaA613, WaA103, or WaA140 acceptance stamps. Second variation pistol serial numbers are in the 53000 to 145000 range. These pistols are just about the same as first variation pistols with walnut grips, a high polish commercial grade finish, a tangent 500 meter rear sight but they are not slotted for a holster/shoulder stock.
Values for this type range from about $300 to over $1000.

Late war production type-03 pistols have WaA140 acceptance stamps, have a fixed 50 meter rear sight, wood or brown plastic grips, and a military grade blue finish over a progressively less highly polished surface. The approximate serial range for this variation is 145000 to 210000, then 01a to 100000a and finally 01b to 63000b. Values for this type range from about $200 to over $600.

Yearly production of High Power pistols under German occupation was as follows:

1940..................... 8,500
1941..................... 65,700
1942..................... 80,600
1943..................... 101,200
1944..................... 63,000

These are my three, a second variation and two thirds. If you own a first variation, as stated above, you are very lucky.
http://i1015.photobucket.com/albums/af278/RogerRBH/3NaziHipowers.jpg

RyanE
02-17-2012, 01:42 PM
Good info, Roger, but the values listed are several years old at least. I wish a late Hi Power in excellent shape could be had for $600!

Rogerbutthead
02-17-2012, 02:33 PM
Haven't been pricing HiPowers for years. Can't buy a larger than 10 round magazine due to California law so I basically had to quit buying HiPowers.

Those prices were probably old when I pulled them from the web 7 years ago.

USAF315
02-17-2012, 08:43 PM
Hey guys, thanks for the info. I'll post some pics ASAP. Just gotta figure it out haha

USAF315
02-17-2012, 09:46 PM
Here's some pictures. Looks like i have the second variation.

denny gaither
02-18-2012, 10:24 AM
Here's some pictures. Looks like i have the second variation.

Thank your father...On second thought, maybe you should also offer to mow his lawn for the next five years. :thumbsup: