You’d have thought the French would have had the first order in for its own new FN Hi Power. Alas, it was not to be.
“Though, ironically, the French, who started the whole concept, never did adopt it, the gun was adopted by FN’s native Belgium as soon as it was formally introduced in 1935. International interest in the new pistol was great, but the Nazi invasion of the Low Countries quickly brought Belgium into the German orbit, where more than a quarter-million Hi Powers would be produced for the Nazis, many by slave labor.”—Massad Ayoob, Massad Ayoob’s Greatest Handguns of the World, Volume 2, from the chapter “The Browning Hi Power.”
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About the Author: Jennifer L.S. Pearsall joined Gun Digest in summer 2011 as a books editor. She began her career selling guns in a retail gun shop and handgun range in Northern Virginia in the early 1990s. Recruited by the NRA to join its editorial staff in 1999, she then went on to succeed as a freelance writer and photographer. She's been a competitive shooter in many disciplines, including sporting clays, IPSC, and metallic blackpowder cartridge silhouette, and she has been an avid hunter for many years.
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