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jammer 02-16-2012 08:59 PM

Difference in HP & HP MK III
What is the difference in the Browning Hi-Power and the Browning Hi-Power Mark III?
Is it just the finish?
Thanks, John

Paladin201 02-16-2012 09:45 PM

The main difference is the MK III has a firing pin safety, which earlier models lack. And the grip was changed I believe.

jammer 02-16-2012 10:35 PM

If it's a Mark III, is it stamped on the gun somewhere? Mine is marked as follows:
Browning Arms Company Morgan, Utah & Montreal P.Q.
Made in Belgium
On barrel visible from ejection port is: CAL 9m/mP
Below that appears to be the outline of a fish with some letters inside
First characters of Serial # is 72C
Probably made in 1972 but I don’t know for sure.

Quentin 02-17-2012 12:30 AM

Paladin's right the firing pin safety is the main difference over the Mark II. I have the Argentine FM which is basically the old Mark I, which doesn't have the ambidextrous thumb safety, 3-dot sights, throated barrel and non-ramped barrel ramp of the Mark II/III. It does have the external extractor though not the weaker internal one of even earlier Hi Powers.

jammer 03-05-2012 07:19 PM

Mine doesn't have the ambidextrous safety, only the one on the left side of the slide. How can I tell if it's a Mark I, or II and what year it was created? It may be older than 1972. I've had it since 1987,
Thanks, John

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