POTD: A College Student’s JMB Collection

    On a college student’s budget Jeff has started a designed-by-JMB (John Moses Browning) collection. He shared with us a photo of the first two pistols in his collection. Jeff wrote …

    I wanted to share my (modest) JMB collection. As a college student, I’m always looking for good deals and I found these two (used) at a local gun shop at unbeatable prices. Both guns are set up for target shooting.

    The 1911 is a stainless Norinco 1911a1. Norinco built the guns using railroad steel, so the gun is several ounces heavier than standard GI 1911s. The previous owner installed a Wilson Combat barrel/match bushing, lowered/flared the ejection port, lightened the trigger, added Millet target sights, installed a heavier recoil spring, and an extended safety. The gun shoots like a dream.

    The Browning Hi-Power is the newest edition to my collection. It is a FNH GP Competition. This model came from the factory with a 6″ barrel, match bushings, a counter weight, target sights, Pachmayr grips, a lightened trigger, and a redesigned magazine safety that doesn’t affect the trigger pull. I can’t find too much info on the gun, but I’ve read that about 300 were imported into the US in the 1980s. I’ve only taken it out once, but I can say it’s one of the best shooting 9mm handguns I’ve ever fired. I assume this gun was someone’s safe queen before they sold it, as it doesn’t have a scratch on it.

    I managed to pay under $400 for each gun. So, there you have it, proof that even a college kid on a budget can start his collection! Just another year of graduate school and I should be able to afford more!

    One of the (many) good thing about guns is that if maintained correctly they never lose value, and more often than not increase in value. Thanks for the photo Jeff.

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