Browning hi power rookie


December 17, 2010, 08:14 PM
I have not shot a BHP but I have decided with it being on alot of peoples top accurate handgun list that I want to buy one. They have been around for years so the prices on these really vary. This is where I need help. I am not a collector so the gun will be shot. So where do I start to make sure I get a good deal with the prices being so different? Also with the BHP being around for so long what year and up should I look for since I want to shoot it probably quite a bit or does it matter? Any help would be appreciated.

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December 17, 2010, 08:24 PM
Hello Throw

RON L here

I have been a Browning High power owner for years and I hope if you get one, that you see it as fun a Gun as I do and with a Long History of combat as well as dependability and useable all over the world! Acccurate? Perhaps, FUN, FOR SURE! I like Browning products and enjoy the 1911A1 pistol as well! Yes, Prices can varry a great deal, as you need a Shooter and not Collectable, you can look for many Used High Powers as well as a few Clones that will save you a lot of $ but well fill the Browning High power need and feed? I Have a Argintine M-95 Classic a Licenced copy of the Browning High Power mark 3! I have owned a Few Hungarian High Power copy's as well and was not as well pleased as they seems to be 100% interchangebale parts but the Metalurgy seemed not as well done or what ever? Be prepared to look at a used Browning High Power from 500$ and up and if you get the 500$ and area count yourself as fortunate? I've seen a few used examples for over 850$ and more? That Prompted my Buy of the Copy and It shoots as well, mags and parts all Fit and work and Try a Browning at a Rage or a Friends and see if it's YOU? I love mine, but they are not for all folks, if you like 1911A1 pistols the Browning High power to me always seems like a folow on buy? Let us know if we can help and what you decide and what you do purchace?


December 17, 2010, 08:31 PM
It all depends. If you want to shoot it and shoot it a lot you want to get a MKIII model made after 1988. New ones can be had for $689. + $17 shipping and transfer fees.

If you want a collector I would look for a T series gun which would have been manufactured 1964 to 1969. They are considered by most collectors to be the finest examples of commerical Hi Powers. These will cost you $700 to $800+.

December 17, 2010, 09:35 PM
I've wanted an HP for a while now myself, though I'm not a 9MM fan. The one that appeals to me has the racetrack shaped serrated piece on the RH side, and they have made them with a roll pin there for a long time, right? Are there any advantages or disadvantages to the earlier type? A .40 S&W makes more sense to me for a working gun but I know none of them will be of the earlier form.

December 17, 2010, 09:48 PM
An MKIII is probably what you want since it'll be a shooter. It's the most updated model. If you want adjustable sights from the factory, go for a Standard.

You can read all you want at this site, the best site I know of on all things BHP.

December 20, 2010, 10:31 AM
The BHP is on many people's list of "must-own" pistols, but that is usually because of their reliability and their ergonomics. They are certainly not inaccurate, but they aren't match guns, either. I find that all of mine are more accurate than I am, but they aren't as accurate as a tightly-fitted 1911 will be.

To be perfectly honest, buying a gun because the folks on the internet think it's cool is a poor reason, and you may be disappointed by your purchase if you decide to do it that way. Don't get me wrong, I love the BHP, but you'll be much happier if you buy one because you like it and it fits your hand well.

Get your hands on one at a range or a gun shop, and see if it speaks to you.

HisSoldier, you're talking about the models with the internal extractor. While these look nicer than the ones with the external extractor, the external extractor is much more rugged than the older ones. Replacing an internal extractor could be hard - they're not very easy to find.

December 20, 2010, 03:04 PM
I love mine, just need to get that pointless (To me) Magazine safety thingy removed.

December 20, 2010, 03:48 PM
look around and buy used on a online auction, I just picked up this 95% T model, non import for $550 and a few months earlier I aquired a mint C model hp for $515, attached is a pic of the latest T model I got online auctions.

So look out for these imports going around they really aren't worth more than $350-$375

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