1938 “Mexican” Browning High-Power Turned in at LA “Buyback” in May, 2014

By Dean Weingarten

Mexican High power Grips CloseL
“Mexican” Browning High-Power
Dean Weingarten
Dean Weingarten

Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)- This “Mexican” Browning High-Power was one of many fine firearms turned in at the Los Angeles gun “buy back” in May of 2014.

It stands out because of the custom grips, which appear to be mother of pearl, inlaid with Mexican emblems and framed in silver.

The pistol has the slide at the full rear position, yet the barrel is only showing about 5/8ths of an inch in front.

It should show about 1 3/8ths.   Look at the other side.

The barrel is extending half way back above the magazine! It should not be in that position. Someone disassembled the pistol, then did not put it back together properly. Did they think it was broken?

"Mexican" Browning High-Power
“Mexican” Browning High-Power

Is that is why they turned it in for $100? This sort of configuration can easily happen if the pistol is assembled without the recoil spring. The grips alone are worth a $100 to a person who likes that sort of art. Quite a bit of labor was expended in making those grips. The serial number shows as 10109. The serial number does not seem to fit the serial number scheme for the Inglis pistol given here. A look at the markings on the left of the slide shows a blurry “Herstal Belgium

I wonder if anyone checked to see if it was reported stolen.

"Mexican" Browning High-Power Grips
“Mexican” Browning High-Power Grips

The slot for a shoulder stock and the long range adjustable rear sight show the pistol as most likely made before WWII. According to this site, the pistol was made about 1938. Here is a right side view of a tangent sighted version:

Tangent Sighted  Browning High Power
Tangent Sighted Browning High Power

And a left side view of a Candian version made by Inglis:

Candian Browning High Power made by Inglis
Candian Browning High Power made by Inglis

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About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.