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Old 02-19-2012, 07:13 AM   #21
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So to update, I went to the show today and got my Browning HP!

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Old 02-19-2012, 02:54 PM   #22
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So to update, I went to the show today and got my Browning HP!
You'll love that gun. Good buy
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Some say the Hi Power came from John Browning fixing the issues he saw in the 1911 design which he designed as well and is also a fine weapon so please 1911 lovers don't lynch me.
Fabrique Nationale (FN) of Herstal, Belgium commissioned John Browning to design a new military sidearm conforming to a French military requirement for a new service pistol.
The French military's requirements were;
  • The pistol must be compact,
  • have a capacity of at least 10 rounds,
  • incorporate a magazine disconnect device,
  • have an external hammer,
  • have a positive safety,
  • must be robust and simple to disassemble and re-assemble,
  • must be capable of killing a man at 50 meters,
  • have a bullet mass of around 8 grams,
  • with a muzzle velocity of 350 m/s (~1,150 f/s sonic),
  • and not to exceed 1 kg in weight.
Because Browning had sold the rights to the M1911 pistol to Colt's Patent Firearms, he was forced to design an entirely new pistol.
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Old 02-20-2012, 07:22 PM   #24
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So to update, I went to the show today and got my Browning HP!
You're going to love that pistol!

Nice 75th model.

I have a 1911 friend that purchased that same model BHP after shooting my P35. He still carries his Kimber but loves shooting his Hi-Power.
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I went 92fs because they are dead sexy.

However I would love to have a browning HP in the collection one day. Love how it feels in the hand.
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Very nice, glad you found one, Artyom!

I'd take the BHP over the Beretta any day!
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Thank you all for the feedback and comments. The people at the range really really loved my gun. One guy was even joking about wanting to keep it after I let him handle it a little. They told me I have a very excellent firearm hahah. I knew Browning was the way to go!
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I have a Hi Power Practical that started out like like the
one Sweeper22 posted that I bought in '94 and sent to Wayne Novak to have some custom work done to in '95.

I am a 1911 guy and have many but really love that Hi Power.

If you plan to carry your Hi Power, you will see a lot of 1911 holsters listed as also fitting the Hi Power, and they do. Sort of.
I was carrying mine in a Milt Sparks Summer special 1911 holster (a top quality holster) and I found that the Hi Po would walk around in the holster a bit. I would find the safety flicked off (fire position) now and then which was unsettling. The gun was still safe in the holster, but it shouldn't happen. Whether it was from movement in the holster or from the weak side safety being bumped, I'm not sure. I think it was a combination.

I would highly recommend a holster custom made for a Hi Power. Most of the good holster makers will make one.
The one I have is an Incognito from Garrity http://www.garritysgunleather.com/IWBHolsters.htm

What I really like about it is that it is boned (molded) around the safeties which holds them in place. The strong side safety is fully molded in, and the leather comes up high enough to cover the tip of the weak side (outer) lever which keeps it from being swept off when bumping the steering wheel or a tight squeeze through a door frame etc.

I finally feel confident in carrying the Hi Power and have it in very regular rotation these days. The safety has yet to disengage while in the holster, and the Incognito holds the gun very close to the body and is very secure.

Back in the late 80's I had a Baretta 92, and if I didn't hate it, I at least really disliked it, but it's personal preference.

You might also want to experiment with some different grips on your Hi Power, but that to is personal.
Nice find there too BTW ! Nice looking example.
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I love my old HiPower, I've had it since 1975. It was manufactured on a contract for the West German police in 1955. With a good magazine, it feeds everything; FMJ, JSP, JHP, even cast lead with no problem. The trigger is fine, if a little heavy. Fits my hand like a glove, better than any of the other (17) pistols I own. Has never bit me. Only slightly do I miss it not being double action.
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