Hi-Power vs 1911


October 13, 2007, 02:38 PM
Which of John Browning's semi autos do you prefer, the 1911 or the Hi-Power.

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October 13, 2007, 02:41 PM
I own both and love both.

October 13, 2007, 03:07 PM
Sorry i cant answer the poll with a straight face .. I own both and love both .

October 13, 2007, 03:15 PM
Yes -- all of the above :D

October 13, 2007, 03:18 PM
I'm a heretic... I don't care for the look of the HP. The grip looks too weird for me. The 1911 just looks so... American. (And, fwiw, I'm more of a 9mm guy than a 45acp guy, so it's not a caliber thing for me.)

October 13, 2007, 03:20 PM
I prefer the 1911 mainly because of the trigger. The HP has a long reset and I find myself short stroking the trigger. Plus its fairly heavy unless you get Cylinder and Slide to work on it.

October 13, 2007, 03:43 PM
1911, never could get worked up for the High Power.

as noted the trigger is better on the 1911 (the best trigger on an auto IMO), the HP's grip is nowhere near as comfortable in my hands, a little too thick not as bad as a 92FS mind you but still.

i've just never seen a real reason for me personally to need to trade the ergonomics and trigger of the 1911 for the extra ammo capacity of the HP.

October 13, 2007, 04:00 PM
Yep, I'm a bigger Hi-Power fan, however I love both designs. the only thing that draws me toward the Hi-Power over the 1911 is the following: I don't like the swinging link under the bbl. I feel the HP's bbl cam design is stronger, it also shoots just as well as the 1911 without the detachable bbl bushing. I also prefer the HP's safety not having to depend on a staked-on plunger tube on the side of the frame. Lastly, I don't like the grip screw bushings of the 1911.
things I don't like about the HP: that has got to be one of te worst factory triggers in the world, with no hope of being better with time/use without the help of a pistolsmith. I also do not care for the mag safety, nor the mag that doesn't drop free.
Having said all this, both HP and the 1911 certainly has worked masterfully for nearly 75 & 100yrs respectively. I was issued a 1911a1 and had absolute confidence in it, while in harm's way.
The colt commander in .38 super just happens to be one of my favorite sidearms, but given the choice between it and the HP.......I'd choose the HP every time. HAPPY HUNTING

October 13, 2007, 04:16 PM
Six of one half a dozen of the other. It is like asking cold water or ice water to a thirsty man.

Myself I prefer the 1911 as much for nostalgic reasons (it just has a history and it works) as any thing else. Nothing negative to say about the HP may add one to my collection someday in a 40.

October 13, 2007, 04:22 PM
I voted for the HP. Mainly bacause I prefer high capacity 9mms over low-capacity .45s :D

October 13, 2007, 04:36 PM
The mag safety in my HP had a lifespan of about 5 minutes after I got it home. Vastly improved the trigger.

October 13, 2007, 04:37 PM


October 13, 2007, 05:12 PM
I own both but since the 1911 comes in .45 ACP and the Hi-Power comes only in 9mm, I like the 1911 better.

October 13, 2007, 05:18 PM
I carry both, not necessarily at the same time unless they're both in the range bag!

October 13, 2007, 05:50 PM
I wish I knew what it is about the Hi-Power that I don't *quite* appreciate - perhaps it looks too 'lean' - the 1911 looks properly proportioned to my eye.

Hand feel is about even for me.

In that format/size I prefer the larger caliber.

October 13, 2007, 08:25 PM
4 1911's and 3 BHP's, I chose not to vote as I prefer both over all other autoloaders.

October 13, 2007, 08:31 PM
I like and own both, but I defer to the 1911 because of the greater power of the .45 ACP.

Today, as I stood at the gun shop it took me the better part of 30 minutes to decide of I wanted to buy the Gold Cup of the Series 70 reissue in blued steel. I already had the stainless 70. Well, I finally took the blued Series 70 reissue. Now I have the matching set. :)

Like I said, I defer to the 1911. But, I still own both, and enjoy both.

October 13, 2007, 08:33 PM
both,although I own 4 1911s and only one BHP, I love them both.

October 13, 2007, 09:24 PM
Tough call

October 13, 2007, 10:04 PM
my vote goes for the 1911, just something about that big hole at the end of the barrel and the firepower that comes with it.

October 13, 2007, 10:06 PM
1911. Trigger and .45.

I do dhoot the Hi-Power pretty well though. It's also a fine design.

October 13, 2007, 10:15 PM
Both! I own both and carry both. I do prefer the trigger of the 1911 over that of the Hi-Power but it is not a big thing for me.

October 13, 2007, 11:05 PM
i love all of JMB's children. from the lowly Baby browning and 1908. to the ellegant 1903 hammerless, up to the BHP and the 1911

Zach S
October 14, 2007, 12:32 AM
I've been wanting a Hi-Power for a long time. Sig P220 as well, and a 1911 in .38 Super. I'm torn between the three, and have been for a long time (havent bought anything in a while).

I own six 1911s. Five .45s and a rimfire in the works.

October 14, 2007, 01:26 AM
Own them both; love them both. :)

But the 1911 is in .45ACP. That's the tie-breaker.

Snapping Twig
October 14, 2007, 01:35 AM
Trigger and caliber, one more vote for the 1911.

October 14, 2007, 01:36 AM
the Hi-Power comes only in 9mm

That's no longer true.

Browning Hi-Power MkIII (http://www.browning.com/products/catalog/firearms/detail.asp?value=007B&cat_id=051&type_id=001)

I prefer the 1911, but like both.

October 14, 2007, 04:35 PM
I own both , one Hi Power and 9 1911's so I voted 1911, but the HP comes in a close second followed by the CZ-75.

October 14, 2007, 05:07 PM
Had a Hi Power with adjustable sights back in the late 70"s. Terrible trigger and didn't like the muzzle flip. Safety was too small and couldn't hit crap with it beyond 15 yards. Traded it off.
Early 90's - Bought a Springfield Standard 1911 with lowered and flared ejection port and beveled mag well and the large sights. Retired US Coast Guard Gunners Mate friend slapped in a ED Brown ambi safety, Wilson speed trigger, hammer and drop in safety. Now my full time carry gun IWB WX permitting. Accurate, reliable and comforting with 9 rounds of Winchester Ranger ammo in it thanks to Wilsons 8 rd. mags.
2007. Kicking myself in the butt for getting rid of the HP. Would of put a few bucks into the trigger and swapped out the safety. Just a pretty pistol.
Still prefer the 1911 though.
Almost forgot. Bought a Beretta Vertec for IPSC 2 months ago and absolutely love it!
Still prefer the 1911 though.

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