Great pics Mark, and I'd agree with your observations that the barrel was inspected...as an individual part, first quarter of '70 and the slide was inspected...again as an individual part, second or third quarter...I'd lean more towards third quarter, of '70. Keep in mind though...as mentioned, that FN Part Date Codes only indicate when that part...as an individual part, was inspected...it does not indicate when the actual pistol was assembled (manufactured). BHPs were frequently assembled using parts that had been inspected over several months...yours is an example, and even 2, 3 or more years.
Consequently...and unfortunately, there's no way to call the year your pistol was actually assembled (manufactured) using the PDCs. Speculating; it's possible your pistol was assembled immediately during the third quarter of '70 and then sat at FN for 5 years...though IMHO that's extremely unlikely since Browning was an independent importer and not yet part of FN...which didn't occur until '77. Browning figured what they'd need for a particular year, they'd order...and pay for, X number of BHPs. I can't imagine FN manufacturing pistols for Browning and then letting them sit there for 5 years. Here's another thought; tangent BHPs like yours were assembled from existing parts in small batches and that practice was started and stopped multiple times over the years.
More speculation; that brings up the possibility that it was assembled in '70 and shipped to Browning where it sat for 5 years until it was shipped to the distributor in '75. That's a long time for Browning to tie up $$$, in fact occasionally Browning would fail to order enough BHPs for a particular year and FN would bend over backwards...even double stamping BHPs, to get them to Browning. Again, tangent BHPs were assembled from existing parts in small batches and that practice was started and stopped multiple times over the years.
Another thought; Browning marked BHPs of that period...tangent or not, were are not normally found with triple "stacked" SNs...as yours is, FN marked BHPs were so marked.
Though tangent BHPs were produced in small batches from existing parts, we might also consider the fact that SN 361992 is consistent with other (standard) BHPs produced in '72. I might could more likely imagine FN assembling 361992 in '72 from parts intended for an FN market...hence the stacked SNs, adding a Browning slide legend and shipping it across the pond to Browning...where it sat until being shipped to the distributor in '75.
A final speculative thought; with the small batches of tangent BHPs being assembled from existing parts...particularly the unique slides, perhaps 361992 wasn't assembled until even '75.
Absent FN's production records...or at least a sister tangent like 361991 or 361993, with a PDC of '71/'72/'73/'74/'75, that's the best I can suggest off the top of my head Mark
It really IS a VERY nice BHP :mrgreen: