Gunboards Forums banner
1 - 20 of 22 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
416 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Just picked up this beautiful German marked High Power. It’s WaA103 marked (including mag) with a SN in the 90K range, so I believe that puts it at 1942 production. These really are awesome looking guns!
3762651
3762652
3762653
3762654
3762655
3762656
3762657
3762658
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
416 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 ·
Love it. The tangent sight version of the original FN high power is just a fantastic gun.

Sent from my Pixel 3a XL using Tapatalk
Those tangent sights are one big thing that drew me to these guns. 500m may have been wishful thinking, but they just look cool!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
605 Posts
Congrats on adding that one to your collection. That's a really nice, early one. (Late November or early December 1941 manufacture date.) Great photos too. Well done.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Zeppelin5000

·
Registered
Joined
·
416 Posts
Discussion Starter · #12 ·
Congrats on adding that one to your collection. That's a really nice, early one. (Late November or early December 1941 manufacture date.) Great photos too. Well done.
Thanks for narrowing down the date! With it being in the 90K range, I figured it was into early 1942 by then.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
605 Posts
Thanks for narrowing down the date! With it being in the 90K range, I figured it was into early 1942 by then.
According to Anthony Vanderlinden's FN Browning Pistols the WaA103 inspected serial numbers ran 65285 to 93000, from April to December 1941. Then, beginning in December 1941 to November 1942 the Waffenamt became WaA140. (Serial 140000 was the last tangent rear sight.) So, there are only 27,715 WaA103 pistols making you new acquisition somewhat 'rare'. I'd guess your was produced November 1941.
I have one of the 47,000 tangent sight WaA140 inspected ones. Mine was made in March 1942. (sn 112075)
 
  • Like
Reactions: David Ben Uzi

·
Registered
Joined
·
416 Posts
Discussion Starter · #14 ·
According to Anthony Vanderlinden's FN Browning Pistols the WaA103 inspected serial numbers ran 65285 to 93000, from April to December 1941. Then, beginning in December 1941 to November 1942 the Waffenamt became WaA140. (Serial 140000 was the last tangent rear sight.) So, there are only 27,715 WaA103 pistols making you new acquisition somewhat 'rare'. I'd guess your was produced November 1941.
I have one of the 47,000 tangent sight WaA140 inspected ones. Mine was made in March 1942. (sn 112075)
Great info! I might need to look into that book. And yes, I've seen that WaA103 isn't as common. Thanks again!
 

·
Diamond with Oak Clusters Bullet Member
Joined
·
74,955 Posts
According to Anthony Vanderlinden's FN Browning Pistols the WaA103 inspected serial numbers ran 65285 to 93000, from April to December 1941. Then, beginning in December 1941 to November 1942 the Waffenamt became WaA140. (Serial 140000 was the last tangent rear sight.) So, there are only 27,715 WaA103 pistols making you new acquisition somewhat 'rare'. I'd guess your was produced November 1941.
I have one of the 47,000 tangent sight WaA140 inspected ones. Mine was made in March 1942. (sn 112075)
'The WaA 613 ones are even less common.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
605 Posts
'The WaA 613 ones are even less common.
Yes. And even more so if it's slotted for a shoulder stock. Only 7,700 of those.
 
  • Like
Reactions: David Ben Uzi

·
Diamond with Oak Clusters Bullet Member
Joined
·
74,955 Posts
Yes. And even more so if it's slotted for a shoulder stock. Only 7,700 of those.
Actually not all that uncommon. I have ten WaA 613 marked ones with tangent sights & sock slot. I stopped acquiring them as I wanted to get other variations - like Oval ports and contracts. Also, I would put the number around 5,000 which is a fair number.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
545 Posts
Just picked up this beautiful German marked High Power. It’s WaA103 marked (including mag) with a SN in the 90K range, so I believe that puts it at 1942 production. These really are awesome looking guns!
View attachment 3762651 View attachment 3762652 View attachment 3762653 View attachment 3762654 View attachment 3762655 View attachment 3762656 View attachment 3762657 View attachment 3762658
Very nice! A good one like that is definitely high on my list to get.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,450 Posts
one of my tangent sight Hi Power’s is a 1935 production Belgian Army issue that came back with a friend after WWII. Unfortunately I did not get the info as to how, when, where he obtained it other than he was in the “Battle of the Bulge”. The tangents are awesome pistols and fun to shoot.
 
1 - 20 of 22 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top