With design input from John Moses Browning and most of the work done by FN’s Dieudonné Saive, the Grand Rendement (High Efficiency) pistol found acceptance with the Belgian military. Eighty years later, we know the pistol it adopted as the Grande Puissance—the High Power.
Is it High-Power or Hi-Power? Learn the answer once and for all from one of the world's foremost authorities on the FN Browning Hi/High Power.
Soon after its introduction, Fabrique Nationale (FN) offered an abbreviation for the English speaking world: L.A.R (Light Automatic Rifle). However, this abbreviation never caught on, and instead we commonly pronounce the model by its French language abbreviation F-A-L.
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After the liberation of Belgium’s Fabrique Nationale by G.I.s in 1944, demand for pistols—and then deer rifles—helped the gunmaker recover from the cataclysm of World War II.