Difference in HP & HP MK III

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by jammer, Feb 16, 2012.

  1. jammer

    jammer Member Supporter

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    What is the difference in the Browning Hi-Power and the Browning Hi-Power Mark III?
    Is it just the finish?
    Thanks, John
     
  2. Paladin201

    Paladin201 New Member

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

  3. jammer

    jammer Member Supporter

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    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.
    Thanks
     
  4. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    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.
     
  5. jammer

    jammer Member Supporter

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    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