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    Counterfeit FN Hi Power...

    Hello. Below are pictures and a description of a fake FN-marked Hi Power. I have read that these guns were made by FEG and secretly sold to Iraq during one of the embargos as FN pistols and that some got out onto the open market. I am not a historian and have no documentation for that so I'll only say that while the gun does have some of the characteristics of a fixed sight FN Hi Power from the '70's, it does not have all and I am convinced that it was not made by FN. The gun is very poorly fitted and the inside is covered in tool marks. The outside of the gun at one time must have looked pretty nice.

    This gun groups very poorly.


    It closely resembles a fixed sight FN Hi Power from the '70's. The serial number begins with a "B", which is well away from the five-numeral serial number following. This is located on the front grip strap and on the slide below the ejection port. The numerals are on the barrel, but not the "B". I removed the last three digits from view as this is not my pistol.


    The front bushing is "extended" like the classic Hi Powers' from about '75 and the front sight is staked on.


    The grips, spur hammer, and small single-side grip safety closely resemble the FN's.


    Note that the rear sight notch is U-shaped rather than the rectangular notch common to fixed sighted Hi Powers of this time frame.


    These markings are on the left side of the slide. I cannot find any proof marks anywhere on the pistol.

    Hopefully, these pictures will be use in helping folks from getting "stung" if they consider buying one of these fake FN guns...regardless of who the actual counterfeiter was.

    Best.

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    interesting I've never read of a fake Hi power before

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    Thanks for the heads up on this sir!
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    Hello. These are the only one's I'm aware of. The "B" in the serial number is the quickest way to spot one. During this time frame, FN didn't use any "B" prefix serial numbers. I have no idea how many are in the US, but there must be at least a few for I've read of a few people getting "bit."

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    Interesting Steve - and worth being aware of.

    Apart from my BHP Practical - I do have a FEG, marked as such - and surprisingly that does have pretty good fit and finish - tho I would not give it the mileage I'd accept with a true BHP.

    I guess there are quite a few counterfeit things out there - including the ''Colt'' mags - made in China
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    Hello. IF FEG made this fake, they did it well below their own standard for their guns bearing their logo.

    Best.

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    One question....How does it shoot?
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    Quote Originally Posted by goawayfarm View Post
    One question....How does it shoot?

    He stated in the original post that it groups poorly....
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    Interesting, always good to know.
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    Hello. I didn't shoot it this go round. A friend who is better than a fair shot advised he was getting 16" patterns rather than groups at 25 yards from a rest. I shot this pistol several months ago, but at bowling pins at about 30 paces. I have yet to hit one with that gun but I'd never grouped it on paper.

    I'd dismissed the gun when the fellow who owns it wound up buying a new Mk III. It shot fine.

    This recent contact came when I was asked to see if I could figure out what might be wrong with the gun. Only then did I FINALLY notice that it was a counterfeit. Checking several dimensions showed lots and lots of slop.

    Best.

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    This is good to know information. Thanks for the heads up.
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    Wow, I had no idea that there were counterfit guns out there. I knew of replicas but they are always marked as such.

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    Any time somthing may increase in value after time and is collectable , someone will try and counterfit it. There are actual counterfit Japanese swords that are over 100 years old. Old counterfit weapons could be a collection in itself, thereby causing counterfits of a counterfit.

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