Although the U.S. military snubbed lever-action Winchesters, other nations, attracted by their innovation or just desperate for arms, used them from nearly the company’s inception through the mud and blood of the Great War and into the Spanish Civil War.
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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