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It looks like it might be a transitional model. It has the Millett rear sight like my 1991 model, but it doesn't have the dovetail front sight yet. It also doesn't have the extended ambi safety. Mine is a very early MKIII marked "Portugal", but yours could be a very late MKII. It would be interesting to see the shape of the barrel feed ramp.

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It looks like it might be a transitional model. It has the Millett rear sight like my 1991 model, but it doesn't have the dovetail front sight yet. It also doesn't have the extended ambi safety. Mine is a very early MKIII marked "Portugal", but yours could be a very late MKII. It would be interesting to see the shape of the barrel feed ramp.

Nice specimen!
Thanks for replying. The feed ramp is straight, not humped, and this HP does have a firing pin safety.
 

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That looks clean and sharp. If I didn't know better (and I don't), you could tell me it's never been fired, and I'd tend to believe you.

Congrats on the trade. I can't tell you how rare or valuable it is, but I think it's well worth hanging onto (y)
 

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Thanks guys! I already ran 250rds through it with no problems. I have no idea if the previous owner/owners fired it much. Now I'm looking for replacement wood grips that are as thick as the factory grips. The gun came with an extra set of Hogue wood grips, but those grips are fairly thin, and my left thumb wants to ride the slide stop which can/did activate the slide stop with rounds still in the magazine. The factory grips are just thick enough so my left thumb rests below the slide stop and that worked well. Range pic. attached.

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Thanks guys! I already ran 250rds through it with no problems. I have no idea if the previous owner/owners fired it much. Now I'm looking for replacement wood grips that are as thick as the factory grips. The gun came with an extra set of Hogue wood grips, but those grips are fairly thin, and my left thumb wants to ride the slide stop which can/did activate the slide stop with rounds still in the magazine. The factory grips are just thick enough so my left thumb rests below the slide stop and that worked well. Range pic. attached.
I like the factory wood grips so much that I replaced the slimmer factory plastic grips on my 2010 model with factory wooden ones. You used to be able to get factory spares at MidwayUSA when they were still in production. Now, you might have to resort to Gunbroker or eBay.

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That is nice looking HP! I'm a all metal, hammer fired, CZ guy that strayed a bit when I traded one of my polished stainless CZs for this HP. So far, I have no regrets.
 

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That is nice looking HP! I'm a all metal, hammer fired, CZ guy that strayed a bit when I traded one of my polished stainless CZ's for this HP. So far, I have no regrets.
CZ makes a great pistol. The only one that ever fit me was the P-01 with the re-curved trigger, and I love it. I could never comfortably reach the DA trigger on a standard one. I have relatively large hands (med-lg), but you need bear mitts to handle the bigger ones.

If you were able to trade straight-up for that HP, you came out wayyy ahead (y)
 

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It is my understanding that all 1980 and later High Powers were assembled in Portugal. However, it appears that all of them did not have the Assembled in Portugal roll mark. I was just reading an earlier post that said the Retro models did not have the Portugal roll mark, so does that mean my 1988 HP is possibly a limited edition Retro model? Someone out there has the correct answer I hope.
 

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I remember reading something about the meaning of "Assembled in Portugal", but can't remember what it meant! :unsure:
I guess they continued manufacturing the parts in Belgium, but it was cheaper to ship them to Portugal to have them assembled. Some kinda deal, huh?

Both of my MKIIIs were assembled in Portugal, and they both shoot great. I'm sure the pure Belgian HPs will always be worth more, but I have nothing against the Portuguese (y)
 

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I guess they continued manufacturing the parts in Belgium, but it was cheaper to ship them to Portugal to have them assembled. Some kinda deal, huh?

Both of my MKIIIs were assembled in Portugal, and they both shoot great. I'm sure the pure Belgian HPs will always be worth more, but I have nothing against the Portuguese (y)
It has been said, and probably is gospel, that sometime from the late ‘70s through the end of production ALL High Powers were assembled at the FN plant in Portugal. The ONLY difference is the ‘Assembled in Portugal’ legend on some of the pistols sold through Browning USA.

If you run across a really nice Browning pistol marked in such a manner which was seriously discounted in price due to the snobbery of purists… it’s a must buy!

Cheers,

Tim
 
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