Inglis Browning High-Power Pistols

Handgun Canadian made and Canadian Army issued Inglis No2 MKI star 7T9xxx near mint . Type also issued to SOE, British and Canadian Paracghute troops late in WWII, SAS, Australian Army, Belgian military.
Handgun Canadian made and Canadian Army issued Inglis No2 MKI star 7T9xxx near mint . Type also issued to SOE, British and Canadian Parachute troops late in WWII, SAS, Australian Army, Belgian military.

In 1944 – 1945, the John Inglis factory in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, manufactured hundreds of thousands of 9mm pistols of the Browning High-Power model. The Browning factory in Belgium was captured by the Germans in 1940 and staff were forced to continue producing the Model 35 Grand Puissance for Nazi use. 

Inglis No1 MkI star 3CH9xx
Inglis No1 MkI star 3CH9xx

Nationalist China liked pistols with buttstocks that doubled as holsters. Canada stared producing these for Nationalist China in 1944 as the No. 1 Mk. I and No. 1 Mk. I*. In addition to the shoulder stock which doubled as a holster, they had a tangent rear sight graduated up to 500 yards. A belt clip attached tp the soldier’s belt and the holster could be hooked onto it when not in use on the pistol as a stock. The Chinese also called for a web holster that was terrible as it was far too tight a fit. The first production of these pistols had Chinese characters on the slide. 

Inglis No2 MKI star 6T6004 ex-Bob Faris
Inglis No2 MKI star 6T6004 ex-Bob Faris Collection
Pistol No2 MKI star Inglis SN 5Txxx Left side.
Pistol No2 MKI star Inglis SN 5Txxx Left side.
Inglis No2 MKI star 6T6004 ex-Bob Faris
Inglis No2 MKI star 6T6004 ex-Bob Faris
Inglis No2 MKI star 6T6004 ex-Bob Faris
Inglis No2 MKI star 6T6004 ex-Bob Faris
Inglis No2 MKI star 6T6004 ex-Bob Faris
Pistol No2 MKI star Inglis SN 5T9xx - Field stripped. Last two digits blanked out for ad.
Pistol No2 MKI star Inglis SN 5T9xx – Field stripped. Last two digits blanked out for ad.
Handgun Canadian made and Canadian Army issued Inglis No2 MKI star 7T9xxx near mint . Type also issued to SOE, British and Canadian Paracghute troops late in WWII, SAS, Australian Army, Belgian military.
Handgun Canadian made and Canadian Army issued Inglis No2 MKI star 7T9xxx near mint . Type also issued to SOE, British and Canadian Parachute troops late in WWII, SAS, Australian Army, Belgian military.
Inglis No2 MKI star 6T6004 ex-Bob Faris
Inglis No2 MKI star 6T6004 ex-Bob Faris

Special Operations, Executive (S.O.,E.) the World War II British sabotage and resistance organizing organization, was tasked with “setting Europe ablaze” by Prime Minister Churchill. S.O.,E. ordered pistols from Inglis, but with the fixed rear sight and without the wooden stock/holster or the slot in the backstrap for it. This became the No. 2 Mk. I and No. 2 Mk. I* pistol. This pistol was adopted by the Canadian Army and by the British and Canadian Airborne. This pistol was used by units such as the British Special Air Service (S.A.S.). It is still the standard pistol for the Canadian Armed Forces, though they are just now looking at replacing them. 

Inglis No2 MKI star Cutaway - RIGHT SIDE
Inglis No2 MKI star Cutaway – RIGHT SIDE
Inglis cut-away No2 MKI star LEFT SIDE
Inglis cut-away No2 MKI star LEFT SIDE

All of these pistols used the standard German 9mm Parabellum “Luger” ammunition, 9X19mm.

Inglis first pattern holster black for Rifles Regiments or Armoured Corps use.
Inglis first pattern holster blackened for Rifles Regiments or Armoured Corps use.
Inglis first pattern holster black for Rifles Regiments or Armoured Corps use.
Inglis first pattern holster blackened  for Rifles Regiments or Armoured Corps use.
For Sale 2020-05 (37) holster Inglis front Blanco
\Second model of holster Inglis front. Blancoed.
For Sale 2020-05 (37) holster Inglis inside Blanco
Holster Inglis inside Blancoed.
For Sale 2020-05 (37) holster Inglis back Blanco
Holster Inglis back. Blancoed.
For Sale 2020-05 (2) holster Inglis P64 front
Holster Inglis Pattern 1964 front
For Sale 2020-05 (3) holster Inglis P64 open
Holster Inglis Pattern 1964 open

 

Recommended reading:

  • Small Arms Training Volume I, Pamphlet No. 11, 1945 PISTOL CANADIAN SUPLEMENT PISTOL, AUTOMATIC, BROWNING, F.N. 9 MM h.p. 1945
  • Canadian Army Manual of Training (CAMT) on the Inglis pistol
  • W.O. Code No. 12299 User Handbook for the PISTOL, BROWNING, F.N. 9 mm. H.P., No.2, MARK I  Land Service 1958 
  • INGLIS DIAMOND – THE CANADIAN HIGH POWER PISTOL by Clive Law 2001 Collector Grade Publications
  • THE BROWNING HIGH POWER AUTOMATIC PISTOL by R. Blake Stevens 1984 Collector Grade Publications
  • THE INGLIS-BROWNING HI-POWER PISTOL by R. Blake Stevens  Historical Arms Series No. 15 Museum Restoration Series. No date, circa 1970s.