The 9mm Browning Hi-Power Pistol

    The Browning Hi-Power pistol is one of the most successful handgun designs of all time. This short-recoil operated, tilting barrel pistol has a capacity of 13 rounds which was very impressive when it was introduced. But does it still hold up today? In this installment of TFBTV we do some shooting with a truly classic design.

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    Transcript …

    (gun firing) – [Narrator] The Browning Hi Power, one of history’s most prolific handguns that helped popularize the double column, single feed magazine arrangement that now rules the world.

    It’s a product of the genius of both Browning and Dieudonne Saive, and these can still be found in the hands of military and police forces around the world.

    While nations like the U.K. have officially replaced them, they still have plenty in use and in inventory.

    Canada still uses them as their primary sidearm, as does Australia, and many other nations as well.

    Of course, they are still in production, and you can buy a new one right from Browning.

    The gun is a hammer-fired, single action design like the 1911, and has a modern magazine release and mags have a springy bit to help pop them out for manual removal by the user.

    Drop-free mags are now preferred, of course.

    The slide release is in a familiar location, and the safety is also intuitive, familiar, and ambidextrous.

    I’ve replaced the factory sights with night sights, replaced the trigger, hammer, sear, mainspring, disabled the magazine disconnect, and refinished it, and I have about $500 in the project total at this time, including the original purchase price of the gun.

    All of this has resulted in a fine shooter, too.

    And I must say that I enjoy taking it to the range.

    It is impressively accurate for a gun that looked like it lived in a shipboard holster when I first got it, but it still works perfectly.

    So, let’s shoot it a little bit more.

    (gun firing) Thanks to Ventura Munitions for providing the pistol food here, of course.

    While the Hi Power is showing its age, and gradually being phased out by most major militaries, it still is a fine handgun to own, shoot, and enjoy.

    With a little bit of work, you can really improve them, and I will say that working on this was incredibly simple, and I did it all with no specialty tools or prior knowledge.

    What more can you say about the Hi Power that hasn’t already been said? They just work great.

    Thank you very much for watching, and we hope to see you next time.

    Alex C.

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