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Browning High-Power pistols

Manufactured by Fabrique Nationale Herstal in Belgium c.1950′s - serial number of the bottom one 72C50445.
9mm Parabellum 13-round removable box magazine, short recoil semi-automatic, Renaissance grade factory engravings, fakeass pearl grips.

Fun fact, the FN Browning Hi-Power was originally designed to answer the French military trials of the 1920-30′s, but lost to the indigenous Mle1935 pistols.

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The FN Model 1949 semi auto rifle,

Developed during that period of time when most militaries were phasing out bolt action rifles and adopting semi auto rifles, the FN Model 1949 was one of the best semi automatic designs of the era.  Invented by Fabrique Nationale’s chief firearm designer Diudonne Saive, the FN-49 was a gas operated semi automatic design which used a ten round fixed magazine (Argentinian models had a 20 round detachable magazine).  So in many ways it was your average semi automatic battle rifle that was common during the era.  However, the FN-49 was specially noted for its excellent quality, reliability, and accuracy.  Originally they were produced in 8x57 Mauser, which was a common WWII and postwar European caliber.  However, as FN exported the rifle to other countries, they were produced in other calibers such as 7.62 NATO, .30-06, 7x57 Mauser, and 7mm Argentine.  

While the FN-49 was among the best of the semi auto battle rifles, it was produced at the end of an age.  It would only be a handful of years before select fire designs would be adopted making semi auto designs obsolete.  Most importantly, after WWII NATO countries had a glut of leftover military surplus.  Most NATO aligned nations would rather receive discount or free arms from NATO than purchase a new design altogether.  Thus, the FN-49 was marketed to non-aligned nations not under the NATO or Warsaw Pact.  They were especially popular in Latin America, where they were adopted by Argentina, Brazil, Columbia, and Venezuela.  Belgium itself adopted the FN-49, using them to great extent during the Korean War.  In addition Belgium’s neighbor Luxembourg adopted it as well.  Finally the FN-49 was purchased by Egypt, Indonesia, and Turkey.  As well as Korea, the FN-49 was also used during the Congo Crises as Congo had acquired several after independence from Belgium.  Limited numbers were used by the Argentinians during the Falklands War.

Production of the FN-49 lasted from 1948 to 1956, then resumed for one year in 1960.  Around 176,000 were produced.

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FN Baby Browning pistol

Designed by Dieudonné Saive c.1926-27 and manufactured by the Fabrique Nationale Herstal c.1931-today - serial number 295563.
.25ACP/6,35x17mmSR 6-round removable box magazine, blowback semi-automatic, Renaissance-grade engravings, gold-plated trigger.

A successor to the FN M1905, basically a necessary step up to leave all the Spanish copies in the dust.

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Inglis Browning Hi-Power No1 MkI* pistol

Designed by John M. Browning and Dieudonné Saive, manufactured by John Inglis and Company in Toronto, Canada c.1944 - serial number 3CH7181.
9x19mm Parabellum 13-round removable box magazine, short recoil semi-automatic, tangent rear sight, removable shoulder stock/holster.

One of the Canadian-made High-Power pistols manufactured for Chinese nationalists, but never made it to the far East.

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Inglis Browning Hi-Power No1 MkI* pistol

Designed by John M. Browning and Dieudonné Saive, manufactured by John Inglis and Company in Toronto, Canada c.1944 - serial number 3CH2219.
9x19mm Parabellum 13-round removable box magazine, short recoil semi-automatic.

In 1940, following the invasion of Belgium by the Nazis, FN Herstal sent the blueprints for their Hi-Power pistol to Great Britain, from where it was sent to Inglis in Canada to retool and start production for the Allies. This example was made as part of a contract for the Chinese Nationalist movement, and features a tangent rear sight and a shoulder stock cut. It was however never delivered due to the annulation of the contract and remained in the hands of the Canadian army.

one of the pistols successfully sent to China