A year ago when Gary7 and I wrapped up our research for the article "Decoding The FEG Hi-Power", we were disappointed that we were unable to establish authoritatively that FEG had ever produced a Hi-Power or Hi-Power style pistol in .40 caliber. We knew that a few custom gunsmiths had converted a few of the 9mm models to .40 caliber, and rumors about a factory-built FEG .40 caliber Hi-Power were very common. But since our purpose in presenting the article was to clarify the FEG story, we decided to completely avoid the .40 caliber issue unless and until we were able to discover firm evidence that the factory had produced such a gun. We couldn't do that at the time, but now we can. The evidence came in two forms.
In one response to "Decoding The FEG Hi-Power," a gentleman told us that he owns a FEG Hi-Power style pistol in .40 caliber. Then, recently we discovered an on-line auction in which a factory-built FEG Hi-Power style pistol appeared in a photograph. It was clearly marked "FEG" "Model P9M" "Cal .40" and finally it was stamped "LIETUVA-POLICIJA". To us, that is conclusive evidence that we can take to the bank. Not only did FEG build such a pistol, it did so in large enough quantities to equip police departments with them.
Now, which operating system or systems did FEG use for its .40 caliber pistol? We will not be able to determine that until a clearer photograph becomes available. Gary7 and I both scrutinized the right side photograph of this particular pistol with separate photo editing software, and neither of us could find a crossbolt footprint in the photograph. BUT, the photo was just not of good enough quality to rule out the possible presence of the footprint. So we'll stand silent on the operating system issue until more evidence comes available. At least now we can finally prove that FEG was indeed in the .40 caliber Hi-Power business at some point in its history.
A final point of conjecture yet to be proven is which .40 caliber cartridge did FEG chamber its pistols for? It would be easy to presume that it was the .40 S&W cartridge, but until we can find a factory owners manual clearly identifying the caliber as the .40 S&W, we'll have to stand silent on that one too. The FEG conglomerate just did too many inconsistent and confusing things for us to take the caliber of these pistols for granted. So we will keep on looking. Best wishes.