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modifiedbrowning
September 8, 2008, 08:05 PM
I just picked up a Hi-power and was trying to get a date of manufacture for it. Serial # is 245NWxxxx. Also, can anyone point in the direction of information on removing the magazine disconnect, the local shop here wouldn't do it for me.
Thanks, Mike.

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Thernlund
September 8, 2008, 08:12 PM
Congrats.

http://230grain.com/showthread.php?t=1521

Looks pretty involved, but doable at the kitchen table none the less.


-T.

modifiedbrowning
September 9, 2008, 12:00 AM
Anyone have any info on where I can find the year of manufacture?

nalioth
September 9, 2008, 12:05 AM
Anyone have any info on where I can find the year of manufacture?http://www.midwestgunworks.com/page/mgwi/ctgy/browning-hi-power-history

kamagong
September 9, 2008, 12:20 AM
I think your gun was made in 1994.

modifiedbrowning
September 9, 2008, 06:06 PM
Thanks for the help guys. Looks like 1994 was the year of manufacture.

Bob79
September 9, 2008, 10:40 PM
I just bought a Browning Hi Power last week, but have yet to fire it. It's a 9mm, and a new Mark III model, but has the serial # on the front grip area. I bought some Hogue rubber wrap-around style grips for it. I'm looking forward to shooting it, and then I'll decide if I'm going to try and remove the mag disconnect.

Here is another link for the removal of the disconnect.

http://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=133740

publiuss
September 9, 2008, 10:56 PM
My girlfriend in college, who became my ex-wife, agreed to buy me a pistol for my birthday. I wanted a Hi-power. She thought the new ruger P-94 was better looking. She did't have the money for either pistol at the time and promised to pay me back. didn't happen. So I got 2 P-94's, great pistols but definitely not a Hi-Power. Didn't get paid back and eventually sold her's.:cuss:

weisse52
September 9, 2008, 11:33 PM
A thread hi-jack.


Anyone know the year / serial number range when HP changed from forged to cast frame?

I thought it was about when they added the .40 caliber.

possum
September 10, 2008, 12:36 AM
hey guys what is a thread without pics? come on now! i love hp's and i love pics.

Thernlund
September 10, 2008, 03:22 PM
These aren't mine, but I agree about pictures. So I thought I'd oblige ya. ;)

http://www.robarguns.com/browning_files/bhppistol.gif

http://www.imageseek.com/hakan/albums/hipower/image010.jpg

http://www.americanpistol.com/custom_guns/images/Hi-Power_jpg.jpg


-T.

Beagle-zebub
September 10, 2008, 03:27 PM
Let's get a pic of Saddam's old Hi-Power in here, too.

10X
September 10, 2008, 04:35 PM
weisse52, I recall the 40 S&W being offered by Browning and the cast frames being discussed shortly after the assault weapons ban took effect in 1994.

BHPshooter
September 10, 2008, 05:52 PM
Anyone know the year / serial number range when HP changed from forged to cast frame?

I thought it was about when they added the .40 caliber.

I recall the 40 S&W being offered by Browning and the cast frames being discussed shortly after the assault weapons ban took effect in 1994.

Yes, it was right about that time frame. The serial number for the .40 BHPs started with 2W5 instead of 245.

That is, until they changed it in '98 or '99. http://www.browning.com/customerservice/dategun/detail.asp?id=35

I don't know how they distinguish between 9mm or .40 S&W now... It lists 510 as the new 9mm prefix, but I have seen 511-prefix Hi Powers. I wonder if those are .40?

Wes

Bandit522
September 10, 2008, 11:08 PM
Anyone know the year / serial number range when HP changed from forged to cast frame?

I think they went from cast to forged.
Not forged to cast.
The year was 1996 I think.

Bandit

Hawk
September 10, 2008, 11:29 PM
Looks like WildWest cleaned up the pic of the one they did for me.

Couple of years old and that hard chrome doesn't wear - looks like the day it showed up:

http://www.wildwestguns.com/images/Biohazardhp.jpg

BHPshooter
September 11, 2008, 12:19 AM
I think they went from cast to forged.
Not forged to cast.

No, they did actually go from forged to investment cast. The reason is that with investment casting, very little machining is necessary, and they can therefore be heat treated to be harder without really eating up tooling.

The older forged frames would warp after a couple thousand rounds of .40. Instead of just using the harder frames on the .40 guns, they went to the harder ones all-around.

Wes

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