WWII JOHN INGLIS HI-POWERS AND ACCESSORIES 

 



Completely unmarked 'lunchbox' special. The frame has received a small serial number from the RCMP. The frame, slide, and barrel all remain unfinished in the white while some of the small parts are factory phosphate finish. The pistol appears functional but perhaps never fired. Also photographed are some boxes from the plant containing small parts.

'DP' series Inglis that belonged to Inglis Engineer Tom Clift. Tom came to Canada from the UK during the war to be an engineer at the plant and assist in pistol manufacturing. The pistol was discovered by Toms son sitting on a shelf in a small box at his estate. The pistol appears unfired, with internals still covered in factory cosmoline. One theory is that 'DP' may have stood for 'Demonstration Pistol'. The consecutive pistol to this example (DP105) is recorded as being part of a shipment to the Mexican government. Photographed with a poor condition but original cardboard Inglis shipping box. 

Two sequential serial number 'Inglis Diamonds'. 9T3159 is chrome plated and 9T3160 is all black phosphate. From the known examples it appears almost as if Inglis wanted to make many of these rare pistols just a little bit different in some way.  Both pistols are also sequential to guns in Clive Law's book 'Inglis Diamond' and show similar features.  Both guns are entirely original and appear unused. 

Here 9T3159 is photographed on top of the sequential gun in Clive's book which appears to be identical. 

9T3160 photographed on top of a closely numbered gun in Clive's book.

Original decals and envelope from the Canadian Mutual Aid Board, as applied to front strap of lend-lease pistols and other equipment.

T series Inglis Hi-Power with original decal still intact.  These decals often quickly wore off upon being issued to soldiers who tended to scratch them off using their finger nails.

A standard Inglis lanyard and assortment of cleaning rods.

This is an original wartime manual for the Inglis hi-power printed in Ottawa.  Most Canadian WWII weapons manuals can still be found somewhat regularly, but this one is somewhat rare and not often encountered.  Many post war manuals were printed for the hi-power in post war service as well, the pistol is still in CF use today with updated manuals.

 

 

 

 

Here are the two types of holster made for the Inglis during WWII.  Left is the 'Chinese' pattern while the 'British' pattern is on the right. Both patterns were used by Canada during WWII and it seems the Chinese pattern holster is most common in photos from the ETO. 

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Here is a rare triple mag pouch as requested by the Chinese. These likely saw use with Canada as well, and are probably the rarest piece of webbing associated with the Inglis hi-power.

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A very strange and uncommon Inglis shoulder stock webbed holster, likely rigger made.  There was nothing like this officially produced and I've only even seen this one, and another example that was of a different construction. 

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SUGGESTED ADDITIONAL REFERENCE

The best one stop reference on Inglis collecting is Clive Law's book 'Inglis Diamond'.  This book is essential for anyone even remotely interested in these pistols.  The only other book on the subject is a small paperback by Blake Stevens called 'The Inglis Browning Hi-Power Pistol' which is long out of date compared to Clive's book but does have some additional interesting pistols photographed in it.