The Browning Hi Power for defense

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Gunner’s Journal has a very in depth post about the Hi Power pistol. Highly recommended.

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Browning Hi Power Mk III

As much I as I like these handsome pistols for informal target work, small game hunting, or just knocking around in the woods, their original purpose was for “serious” matters in one area of the self-defense arena, military service. Like its Browning-born predecessor, the 1911, the single-action Hi Power’s initial reason for existence was as a military sidearm and not individual civilian self-protection. It is nice that both readily lend themselves to this, however.

Read it here.

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  • thebronze

    Picked up a BHP one time. Didn’t like the way it felt in my hand.

  • mattj

    I like the BHPs but I can have pretty much the same gun in a CZ75 for alot less money.

  • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

    the CZ 75 also comes in a select fire model :D

  • http://cthuloidgunnut.blogspot.com/ Rus

    I’ve the DA version; good shooter.

  • RON ANTONELLI

    I OWNE A BROWNING HIGH POWER.I BELIEVE IT WAS CARRIED BY A GERMAN FIGHTER PILOT DURING WWII SERIAL #67817 PLEASE HELP ME TRACK THE WEAPON IF YOU CAN. RON

  • alfred

    My dad used a BHP serial number 00300 whileworking as a cop…does someone know if it belonged to any soldier during WW2?Thanks

  • Fenixom1911

    Hi

    Plz Opinion This Gun !!

    How work ???
    Wheter HE IS CUTTING HIMSELF ???
    Better CZ 75 , SP01 SHADOW , BAD ???

    It is a pity that he only has 13 cartridge magazine
    Good idea 18 round
    13 –It very little
    I hope that they will mend it

    Plz opinion of the user !!!

    • Brian P.

      I can’t even begin to guess what the first part of your comment is supposed to say. As for the magazine capacity, there are higher capacity magazines available.

  • http://gunner777.wordpress.com Phil

    Ron,

    When the Germans overran the FN plant they took all the Hi-Powers and stamped them with the Eagle on top of the slide. They were generally more crude than ones made by FN.
    You can contact FN here in the USA and see if they have the serial numbers going back that far.

    Phil
    “Gunner”