I'm with ya, I love how yours looks. Nothin wrong with a pistol with good honest carry wear. I held one just like that but with the brown wood grips that had that perfect wear feeling to them. Can't wait to get one one day.I've had an EX-Israeli for a few years now that I bought locally. It was an older import and was made in 1994 IIRC. It was obviously well used and isn't pretty to most people (personally, I love the looks of a well worn finish) but it shoots great and feels wonderful in the hand! It's very accurate and 100% reliable. The more recent imports seem to be in better cosmetic condition than mine if that is important to you. Here are photos of mine. I've done nothing to it other than shoot and clean. I hope that they help you.
A big +1 to this. I bought my first Hi Power from Coles on Gunbroker last year, and could not be more pleased with it. The example I bought was refinished somewhere along the line, but nobody is positive if it was the Israeli's, or the importer. In any event, its a great shooter and looks damn good.I got a couple from gunbroker, actually ex israelis like you mention, the pictures and description are accurate and you have like 3 days for inspection.
You can't get a better price for a real FN HI POWER.