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August 29, 2023
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Ultra Rare Inglis Alloy Prototype Lightweight HI-Power Semi-Auto Pistol.
Cal. 9mm Luger
Bbl. 5″ without markings, proofs or numbers. Mfg. approx. 1948 as trials pistol for Canadian Department of National Defense (DND). DND contracted with private firms for lightweight aluminum alloy and magnesium frames. The first six were machined aluminum. Later, 29 examples were “pressure die cast” of aluminum alloy or magnesium, Of the 29 rough cast frames, 21 were machined and delivered. 20 Of those cast frames were numbered and one was not.
This pistol is the one that was not numbered which was sent to the DND for review as a frame only, then later returned and assembled. Pistols were numbered at the base of the mainspring housing just behind the magazine well; not on right side or on front grip strap. Finish on this pistols frame is of a type of paint such as baked on lacquer or some other painted finish; it is NOT anodized. Its oiled walnut grips are flat with a coarse cross hatch pattern that does not come to points. At lower left rear of frame is a screw in lanyard loop with ring. Slide has finger groove style lightning cuts before and after its cocking grooves; left side of slide marked with “BROWNING – F.N. 9 MM HP INGLIS, CANADA”. Top rear of slide has metal removed as well leaving an integral fixed rear sight. Extractor is the early internal style. Finish of the slide is of a sand blast parkerized appearance. Front sight is the normal dovetailed style. The pistol has a ring hammer plus dimple in slide for takedown. Peened in place steel reinforcement rod is to secure the barrel and visible on the right side; covered by slide stop on left side. It has a standard magazine safety. MAGS: 1 near excellent JL marked parkerized 13 round with split tail base having alternate retention hole at mid point; normal aluminum follower.
PROVENANCE STATEMENT: Formerly of the Bruce Stern collection.