Finally found a reasonable price on a Browning BDA. (Reasonable means cheap enough for me to be able to afford.) Have to say the BDA’s are much more attractive in real life than in pictures. Like a P220 in a Tuxedo! Most comment on the polished slides, but I have never heard mention of the unique grips. I don’t mean the “Browning” on the right grip. I mean all the edges surrounding the checkering are high gloss. (The normal P220 grips have obviously textured edges) This polished finish requires special polished molds. These grips blend very well with the polished slides for a very classy look.
The barrel is marked “9mm Luger” and the magazine is marked the same. I’ve checked as many advertising placements and catalogs I could find and found that Browning always advertised their pistols as 9mm Luger, while Hawes and Interarms used 9mm Para.
In looking at the BDA serial list, I’m wondering if all the 9mm’s there are marked Luger.
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Yes, I've had 2 in .45 auto and 1 in 9mm. As I recall, the muzzle end of the barrel is also polished before bluing. Can you check yours? Thanks. They were a handsome pistol. Need to ba careful not to over tighten its grip screws. You would not find those grips today should they be damaged.
Good catch! Yes my barrel muzzle end is highly polished. I sure didn’t spot that.
Do all P220 BDAs have the slide flats polished?
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I've got a few P220s (and a P226) that are stamped as 9mm Luger, but I haven't seen a 9mm Para BDA.
As much as I know, yes. I can't say if all the 9mm models were the same in apearance. Mine had a pinched nose slide, which is another unusual aspect of that caliber BDA. You'll also read some different text on the gun about Browning and IIRC, People's Quebecer. Spell check that as it's in reference to Quebec,Canada.
My 1977 "Pinched Nose" 9mm BDA is stamped 9mm Luger on the chamber.
I also own a 1976 "Pinched Nose" 9mm Hawes, and two 1977 "Pinched Nose" 9mm Swiss / Montage Suisse P220 9mm's. Their chambers are stamped 9mm Pars.
Magazines for the pistols are either unmarked, or marked 9mm Para or 9mm Luger.
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Congratulations on the BDA score.
Am I assuming correctly that all Browning BDA's have "pinched nose" slides?
BTW I also have an early pinched nose Hawes enroute, but I can't confirm the proof date till it arrives next week.
^^^ Don't own any, but I see pics online of the Browning BDA without the pinch nose slide, also.
In full disclosure, the lower price I paid was due to the BDA having a butchered left grip and a missing lanyard loop. luckily I had the correct psrts to make the repair.
Thanks Q. May need to add that to the serial list for the BDA nines
Most, if not all the 9mm BDA's (and I have not seen that many) are pinched nose, all the .45 BDA's I have seen are the later configuration slide.
My Browning BDA .45 without the "pinched nose" slide
Evolution of the slide types: 1975 – 1995 Folded slides only
Para, I'm finding slides that I have been calling "type 2" However they fit the description below:
Rounded front end and press mark on top, Milled sides, fixed front sight.
ie no miled tops. Is it possible we have Type 2 A's and B's?
Not that I'm aware of, but that would be a question for OTD. Photos would help.
Milled shoulders on sides but no milling on top
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