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My recently purchased used P5 (From SOG) has several markings on it and I've figured out a couple, but there is a BMI with a line thru it on the left side near the front of the slide.  Anyone know what that means?

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It could be the importer stamp or a Deutsch police unit marking. Those would be my guess!! I'm sure uncut will chime in soon. He seems to know more about the P5 than I do!!
 

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I have a e-mail in to another chap who may know.
I await his reply. I don't suppose you could take a hi resolution pic of the marking, can you???
 

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BMI = Bundesministerium des Innern (BMI)

in english this would be Bureau of the Interior

You will find those also on some of the previous imported H&K P7 PSP's....
the Germans mark all their police guns with the state mark or department that uses them.... on Bavarian police pistols this should be "BYP" and there is some other ones.... but I wouldn't know how to explain them all ... some have signs instead of lettering.....

Sometimes the Department will not be striked out... sometime they mill it off completely....
 

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Quote[/b] (uncut @ Sep. 01 2006,8:20)]BMI = Bundesministerium des Innern (BMI)

in english this would be Bureau of the Interior

You will find those also on some of the previous imported H&K P7 PSP's....
the Germans mark all their police guns with the state mark or department that uses them.... on Bavarian police pistols this should be "BYP" and there is some other ones.... but I wouldn't know how to explain them all ... some have signs instead of lettering.....

Sometimes the Department will not be striked out... sometime they mill it off completely....
And the BMI (Bureau of the Interior) would equate to what in America? Police, FBI, DEA, Rosie O'Donnell's bodyguard?


Thanks, and thanks too for the initial response.

JP
 

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Quote[/b] (denfoote @ Sep. 02 2006,4:37)]BMI web page

All of the above!!!!
"Bureau of the Inside"...?

Well guess that about covers it all...

Thanks for the link.


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This is not for 100%, but I read most P5's procured by the BMI went to the West German Border Patrol. If yours came with the low belt drop style military holster, it is a good bet that is where it served.
 

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Quote[/b] (banddr2 @ Sep. 07 2006,3:57)]This is not for 100%, but I read most P5's procured by the BMI went to the West German Border Patrol.  If yours came with the low belt drop style military holster, it is a good bet that is where it served.
banddr2:

The P5 indeed came with a holster that sounds like a low belt drop style holster..  

The holster was black leather, thumb snap with a locking device that held the belt slide to the extension which fit snugly into a slit in the back of the holster via two metal "rails"..  It's a neat holster, but too large and bulky to be of any use other than as a conversation piece.  The extension indeed drops the holster itself several inches and was probably pretty costly to the G. Govt when purchased initally.

I'm very pleased with my P5.  In the long run the "holster wear" on the slide will probably have me sending it off for a "hard chrome" refinish, but that's just a thought.

Thank You for your input.

Best Wishes,

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English translation for BMI is "Home office" (as they call it in the UK). Don't know the American equivalent though. Here in Belgium we call it the Ministry of Interior (National) Affairs. Lousy translation but if anyone can find something better please advise
 
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