Originally Posted by JustinW
From what I can make-out without seeing it, I think this pistol is from a border security unit or police and not regular IDF. The yellow tape on the barrel is supposedly to help identify plainclothes 'friendlies' in a firefight.
There were some for sale that were Nazi occupation models (possibly once carried by Waffen SS?) and others with the Syrian coat of arms as well as Israeli stampings, but I opted for a 1985 production model.
I shot a few worn-out FN HPs in the ADF, 20-odd years ago. I'm hoping this will be a fun range shooter that is also nicely 'historical' - I'm going to have a go at parkerizing it at home. Should be a fun little project for the next few months.
cool - yeah, handguns were not common in the IDF, although that changed for a while where there were undercover units working in the territories, but officers didn't carry handguns, only MPs and anti-terror units. we did the anti-terror school, which used those, and then when my unit was on call, a few times a month as a swat team, we would sign out a gun like that and then return it.
funny - we refered to them as "brownings" not FNs, I am not sure if that was to differentiate from FN rifles that were sort of old men guns, the rifles used by the generation before me.
I remember a yellow stripe, but in my memory it is smaller, but that might have been something that changed over time or with units.
another funny thing - I always think of the 1911 as an obsolete weapon, but the FN HP isn't that much younger.
anyway, have fun