Hi Power Field Strip

    The Browning Hi Power is a pistol that my generation seems to have forgotten, but in its day was a true trailblazer in terms of reliability and technological advancement. It took a lot that worked from other designs, but was simplified and had an impressive capacity for its day.
    So what does it look like under the surface?

    Transcript …

    – [Voiceover] Hey guys it’s Alex C. with TFB TV, and for today’s field strip, we’re going to take a look at a Browning Hi Power.

    The Hi Power is notably John Browning’s last design.

    It was finished by Dieudonné Saive, the designer of the FN FAL allegedly.


    You know it’s a really kind of strange fusion of the 1911 and some other designs but it served the commonwealth well.

    It’s still in service with places like Canada, The UK, Australia, so on and so forth.

    Fantastic firearm.

    So, let’s take a look at how to field strip it.

    First of all we’re going to do a little chamber check.

    Make sure the magazine’s empty.

    Make sure there’s nothing in the chamber.

    Something cool about these magazines, well they have a magazine disconnect which I don’t like.

    There is this little springy bit on new production magazines that helps pop it out of the pistol little more, which is nice.

    So, your first step for field stripping, it’s gonna be pulling the slide back and rotating the safety up into the disassembly notch.

    This will allow you to remove the slide catch.

    Kind of like a CZ 75 for you CZ guys and I know there’s a lot of you.

    So pull that right out.

    Now you’re gonna release the safety.

    Basically pull it down but make sure the slide doesn’t shoot across the room cause they definitely will do that.

    And then separate the slide from the grip frame.

    Now I want you to have the slide, pull the recoil spring guide out of the barrel, and then lift the barrel out just like you would on pretty much any modern pistol.

    And you can see the 1911 style lugs that mate the barrel to the slide.

    So definitely some inspiration there.

    And that is all that’s required to field strip a Browning Hi Power.

    These are very nice pistols.

    Very pedigreed.

    Lots of accolades here and very easy to work on.

    I actually had no experience with it, got one had done everything with this gun.

    Trigger job, everything, slides, all that and so on.

    Really cool guns guys.

    Big thank to Inter Ammunitions for making our videos possible.

    Big thanks to you for watching our videos.

    See you next time.

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    Alex C.

    Alex is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Director of TFBTV.