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Old 09-13-2009, 02:52 PM
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Nickel plated Hi-Power with gold trigger?

I have an Belgian made unfired Nickel plated (could be stainless since it is on the outside and inside of the gun) Hi-Power with a gold trigger and fixed sites. I've not been able to find ANY information on this gun anywhere.
I took it to Collector's Firearms here in Houston and they told me "due to the buffing pattern of the nickel plating, it looks like it was done aftermarket and not at the factory." "This is a nice gun and in this condition it is worth about $600. If the plating were done at the factory it would be worth over $1,000."
Can this be? Why would anyone aftermarket plate a pistol?
Collector's is pretty good, but I didn't feel right about this one. Is there a serial number registry that anyone knows of?
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Old 09-13-2009, 06:08 PM
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Does it look like the one in the first photo top right?
https://forums.1911forum.com/showthre...=silver+chrome

If you can supply the two letters in the Serial number(the first five would be more helpful) I should be able to tell you when it was made. If the sights are the same finish as the gun than it was most likely redone. There are no stainless HI Powers made by FN or Browning. The gold trigger usually shows up on the Silver Chrome models of the HI Power like the photo and the accents are finished in a few variations at least from the one I have seen. Hard chrome has very light blue tone to it and nickel plating has a gold or tan tone to it. Browning or FN has made HI Powers in both finishes.
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Old 09-13-2009, 06:29 PM
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Here are two of my "silver" Hi Powers. No idea what the finish is. The one with the grip medallions is a .40 Cal, # 2W5NV*****, and the other is a 9mm # 245PZ*****.





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Old 09-13-2009, 07:26 PM
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They both look like hard Chrome
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Old 09-14-2009, 04:06 AM
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I have personally seen "browning" marked highpowers, FACTORY NEW guns w/ hard chrome ( not nickel) and gold plated triggers, fixed sights for sale in 2002. They cost 700 USD at the time...

Sounds like typical gun shop lies to get it cheap.

People who plate ( or better yet melonite) pistols, on average, do so in order to actually use them w/o fear of corrosion. Mind blowing is it not?

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Old 09-14-2009, 08:20 AM
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Here is another of the silver/chrome or as they also call it matte hard chrome that I bought new. It has not been replated and it came to me from the factory as is. It is a Mark 3. The only thing I have changed was those horrible factory wrap around grips and the non-tritium factory sights. I put on this set of Delrin grips from Spegiel and Trijicon Tritium Night Sights.



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Old 09-14-2009, 08:38 AM
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I have a 1994 Silver Chrome MK III Hi Power with the factory Pachmyr grips and gold "pimp" trigger. Its one of my favorite guns.
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Old 09-15-2009, 04:26 PM
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I had a Belgian Hi-Power that was polished nickle and had a gold trigger. That's how it came from the factory. Does yours have gold medallions with a 'B' on them? If you'll call the Browning historian @ 801-876-2711 ext. 256 he can tell you if the finish is factory. He'll also tell you the year of manufacture and when/where it was shipped. His name is Glenn. You'll probably have to leave a message but he's always called me back in about 10 min.
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Old 09-15-2009, 07:23 PM
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In the early 80's, my future sister-in-law wanted to get my brother something special. He really liked my BHP, and I took her to the local gunshop where we purchased a new BHP in a nickel finish with a gold trigger. It had the round "B" on the grips. I know, because those grips have been on my blued HP for the past 20 years... The originals are in a box in the closet.
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Old 09-26-2009, 12:21 PM
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Here's a less than stellar pic of mine. Manufactored in 1980.

Dad has one exactly like this made in '79 and still unfired.

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Old 09-29-2009, 01:02 PM
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Nice pics. I had the silver chrome model with gold trigger as well. It came with factory adjustable sights (Millet, I think) and the same, horrible wrap around rubber grips.

The only thing I hated about it was that the barrel was not actually stainless. It was carbon steel left in "white". Damn thing formed surface rust and pitting as soon as I wasn't looking. I wish they could have mentioned that little detail somewhere
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Old 10-02-2009, 08:33 PM
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I bought one exactly like that dated 1984 several months ago. Paid $650 and never regretted it. Beautiful shooter!!
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Old 10-04-2009, 05:26 PM
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Here she is

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Old 10-04-2009, 08:23 PM
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What happen to the OP?
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Old 10-08-2009, 10:50 PM
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Factory nickel guns were maunfactured for a short time in the early to mid 1980's with gold triggers and fixed or adjustable sights (see Kcult's photo)

The one with the Navidrex grips I purchased new in early 80's and had Browning install a ambi safety (southpaw). Found the other one just last year. Both have the original grips with the discontinued "B" insert ratholed away.

Both have the 245 prefix serial numbers. They are not the silver chrome version.


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Old 12-21-2009, 10:17 PM
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Hi-Power Nickel/Silver Chrome Finish
- not to be confused with stainless steel (never offered in the Hi-Power), this nickel/silver chrome finish is different from the silver chrome finish released in 1991, gold trigger, checkered walnut grips. Approx. 11,609 mfg. 1980-85.

https://store.bluebookinc.com/Instan...oduct=5&id=334

here is one i am looking at but the nickel/silver chrome finish looks polished so its not real shiny anymore like kcults' pic is..

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=150205930
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Old 12-27-2009, 12:42 PM
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I have a nickel Hi Power with fixed sights from 1980. She's a keeper.

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Old 11-22-2010, 03:49 PM
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I had a Belgian Hi-Power that was polished nickle and had a gold trigger. That's how it came from the factory. Does yours have gold medallions with a 'B' on them?
mine is polished nickel (spelled correctly) with a gold trigger
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Old 11-22-2010, 08:12 PM
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I have one too and the polish job under the plating is less than perfect. But it is factory. If you pistol is in good condition the market is near $1000 (+/-)

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Old 11-22-2010, 08:35 PM
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Nice HP's !
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Old 11-23-2010, 10:27 AM
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As evidenced in the above photo and elsewhere. Browning produced factory nickle hi powers in the type 73 pattern. They were equipped with gold triggers and the B medallion wood grips. I have yet to see an aftermarket that the finisher gold plated the trigger and acquired the right grips. At one time, nickle was about the only alternative to blue and parkerizing. It was frequently done as a rust inhibitor in humid climates. However, it was only an inhibitor. I have seen plenty with rust. A dealer will frequently attempt to detract from a customer pistol in order to obtain a better price. It could also be he does not know his hi power history. The fixed and adjustable sights supplied on these pistols matched the gun.
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Old 06-13-2012, 10:27 PM
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Good information about the Hi power
http://midwestgunworks.com/page/mgwi...-power-history
http://www.hipowersandhandguns.com/HiPowerComments.html
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:56 PM
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here's a pic of the one i started adeal on today!
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supossedly 1980 vintage, my other is a 70's era blued one.
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:08 AM
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the guy flacked on me! didnt need the money anymore..
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:28 PM
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here's a pic of the one i started adeal on today!
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supossedly 1980 vintage, my other is a 70's era blued one.
made the deal!
now just gotta wait for the gov.......
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