Browning Hi-Power: First, probably not last.


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GunNut
June 3, 2011, 06:03 PM
Been wanting to try one for a while, and today I finally pulled the trigger.

Here are some pics, hope to have a range report early next week.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v655/stmcelroy/Guns/IMG_8373.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v655/stmcelroy/Guns/IMG_8372.jpg

Plan on adding the range report on this gun and many other to my new blog. Check it out and follow it: www.rkbaholsters.blogspot.com ;)

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Quentin
June 3, 2011, 06:20 PM
Nice Hi Power! Wonderful pistols, I love mine. Nothing else fits my hand as well as the HP.

Smaug
June 3, 2011, 06:28 PM
They're wonderful guns. I don't see a reason to have more than one, but my collection attempts to have variety.

Quentin
June 3, 2011, 06:38 PM
I have more than one... :o

:D:D:D

GunNut
June 3, 2011, 06:44 PM
I don't see a reason to have more than one, but my collection attempts to have variety.

Can't my collection have more than one and variety?

modifiedbrowning
June 3, 2011, 07:30 PM
Congrats on the new Hi Power. I loved mine and then found a deal that I couldn't pass up on a second. Great pistols.

tekarra
June 3, 2011, 09:08 PM
After your range trip, I bet you are going to ask yourself why you waited so long. Terrific pistol, you are sure to enjoy it.

GunNut
June 4, 2011, 12:30 AM
After your range trip, I bet you are going to ask yourself why you waited so long. Terrific pistol, you are sure to enjoy it.


I have a feeling you are correct.

MaterDei
June 4, 2011, 12:38 AM
Nice! Congrats.

I wish I had one.

Jim PHL
June 4, 2011, 01:33 AM
I also admired them for a long time and recently got my first, very much like yours. Excellent "all-around" gun. Feels great in my hand and "carries lighter" than you would thing for it's full-size, steel frame.

miles1
June 4, 2011, 08:39 AM
Im envious.Ive been wanting one of these bad boys for awhile now.Nice pistol and congrats!

nosbocaj
June 4, 2011, 10:47 PM
I just picked up my first HP the other day. It's being held hostage by the state of Florida right now. I can't wait to take it shooting next week. I hope you enjoy yours!

Jeb21
June 4, 2011, 11:41 PM
Congrats, you have found a wonderful weapon

galena
June 5, 2011, 12:31 AM
Browning Hi Power...........the Ultimate Browning design. I foolishly sold my 9MM, recently aquired a .40SW..........shoots like a lazer.......will have more once the cash catches up to the want. Keep shootin'

JROC
June 5, 2011, 01:03 AM
Very nice looking BHP!

holsm50
June 5, 2011, 09:09 PM
Definitely one of the finest combat pistols ever made. A true classic.

Congratulations!

Morgo
June 6, 2011, 05:27 AM
Congrats, looks great :)

Its a sickness though, you will never stop at the one (I'm sitting on three!) :)

Spinnerblade
June 6, 2011, 08:07 AM
Three is a good number:)

http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h290/spinnerx/IMG_0188-1.jpg

My HP's are very reliable. Stick with Mec-Gar mags and you will be a happy HP owner too.

Morgo
June 6, 2011, 08:27 AM
Very nice trio mate, heres mine :)

http://i392.photobucket.com/albums/pp4/brycemorgan452/P1040442.jpg

Capt. Ct.
June 6, 2011, 01:59 PM
Congratulations. I have had mine for years and it has never had a malfunction.

chez323
June 6, 2011, 02:21 PM
http://i1085.photobucket.com/albums/j426/chez323/IMG_2431.jpg

Everyone should have one, they are a great handling and shooting gun! Here's a pic of mine next to my Walther P88.

Spinnerblade
June 6, 2011, 07:03 PM
That Competition model looks like fun Morgo.
I would like an adjustable sight Hp.

BHP FAN
June 6, 2011, 07:32 PM
here's one with an adjusable sight!
http://i989.photobucket.com/albums/af11/hut-man/hipower3.jpg

KodiakBeer
June 6, 2011, 07:36 PM
My favorite pistol.

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac164/kodiakbeer/reborn2.jpg

Morgo
June 7, 2011, 03:08 AM
That Competition model looks like fun Morgo.
I would like an adjustable sight Hp.

It certainly is and has a great SA trigger :)

Spinnerblade
June 7, 2011, 06:17 AM
BHP FAN-here's one with an adjusable sight!

Yeah, all the way to 500 yards?:)


KodiakBeer, that's a nice lookin' BHP.

I would like to have some sights put on mine, but I'm scared of gunsmiths.
Guess I'll have to work up some courage and hope my pistol doesn't get screwed up.

LUPUS
June 7, 2011, 10:30 AM
BHP is the very first '' Wondernine '' and it is absolutely the '' King of Nines ''...

And it is the high capacity heaven for small hands and short fingers...

It is an accurate, reliable full size pistol with pretty much elegant lines...

And it is my absolute the most favorite semiautomatic pistol...

It is nice to see more shooters discovering the wonderworld of the BHP in this supposed to be '' Wonder plastics '' age...

wow6599
June 7, 2011, 11:05 AM
As long as we're showing them off.........

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm31/wow6599/DSC01112.jpg

PcolaDawg
June 7, 2011, 12:32 PM
Sweet. I've heard nothing but wonderful things about the Hi-Power. I've pretty much decided that my next pistol will be a Hi-Power 9mm.

surjimmy
June 7, 2011, 01:28 PM
You gotta love the Hi-Power, just ignore the 1911. Both were done by Austin Behlerthttp://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa250/surjimmy/IMG_2952.jpg

LongTimeGone
August 16, 2011, 08:25 PM
I've have been trying to decide on which full size 9 to add.
I like the 92FS in SS I held yesterday and I held a Hi Power Mk111 today at one of the lgs
The Hi Power feels very nice and I like the SA trigger. It's about $120 more than the 92.
The Browning website doesn't seem to offer much info.
Can anyone tell me what the differences are between the standard and mk111 beside appearance?

KodiakBeer
August 16, 2011, 09:07 PM
Technically, all the new Hi Powers are Mark III's, since that is designation for the version out since about 1990. The "standard" is a blued finish with wood grips (it's more traditional) and the other "Mark III" is an epoxy finish with plastic grips.

sirgilligan
August 16, 2011, 09:12 PM
Thanks for posting pictures of your HP's.
I hereby give permission to everyone to buy another HP. So let it be written...

http://www.sigarms556.com/download/file.php?id=323

Plan2Live
August 16, 2011, 09:18 PM
GunNut - Is that new or pre-loved? Are those factory grips or aftermarket? Those are the grips I prefer on a BHP but I also prefer the rounded hammer, think Walther PPK. I don't know a bunch of specific model numbers, etc. about BHPs but every one I have every picked up and fired shoots well. Likewise, every single one with the spur hammer I have shot has bitten my on the web between my thumb and forefinger. Ouch!

Back to the grips, I have searched for similar grips for my old S&W 459 and can't come up with anything. Pachmyer (spelling?) gets close to that style with the 459 but not quite there.

rellascout
August 16, 2011, 09:28 PM
Nice BHP they are like lay potato chips you can't have just one....

http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t213/rellascout/wwg.jpg

http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t213/rellascout/pre-t.jpg

http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t213/rellascout/practical-2.jpg

http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t213/rellascout/izzy-2.jpg

Husker_Fan
August 16, 2011, 10:40 PM
rellascout, that top gun is exactly what I've always wanted in a hi-power. C&S hammer, trigger, and safety, Spiegel grips and Novak sights. That gun is beautiful. Aw... someday.

SSN Vet
August 18, 2011, 12:31 AM
Navidrex slims were a must for me!

I pulled the mag disconnect, put in a 24# main spring and had Chuck Warner install a tool steel sear with a radius grind on the engagement surface. This cleaned up the trigger very nicely.
http://tapatalk.com/mu/d8c3adad-86d5-6ef0.jpg

I never really intended this HP to be a carry piece, but in a Don Hume pancake, it's really an easy carry, and I shoot it pretty well.
http://tapatalk.com/mu/d8c3adad-86f3-0b19.jpg

Here's my write up on the changes.....
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=607494

viper7342
August 18, 2011, 01:54 AM
It was made in 1994:cool:

patentnonsense
August 18, 2011, 02:50 AM
Dang, I didn't know Browning made a CZ clone!!

rellascout
August 18, 2011, 09:21 AM
viper7342 The model BHP you have is known as a practical.

larryh1108
August 18, 2011, 09:46 AM
BHP 40S&W w/CT grips
http://i342.photobucket.com/albums/o435/larryh1108/BHP/BHP40left222.jpg

BJP Inglis polished
http://i342.photobucket.com/albums/o435/larryh1108/BHP/InglisPolishedleft1.jpg

BHP custom 2 tone
http://i342.photobucket.com/albums/o435/larryh1108/BHP/2TBHPright1.jpg

SSN Vet
August 18, 2011, 01:07 PM
Dang, I didn't know Browning made a CZ clone!!

Funny, I've never seen a circa. 1935 CZ :)

rellascout
August 18, 2011, 01:19 PM
rellascout, that top gun is exactly what I've always wanted in a hi-power. C&S hammer, trigger, and safety, Spiegel grips and Novak sights. That gun is beautiful. Aw... someday.

Thanks it is my favorite BHP in the stable. It is a 1972 base gun which I sent to Wild West Guns in AK. Jim West, Ken and the boys hooked it up.

It has a C&S hammer & sear, wide trigger, Novak nights & C&S wide combat safety. Good eye on the grip they are Spegel presentation grade. It sometimes also wears Navedrix slims in black which are my favorit BHP tactical cool grip.

They milled the slide to fit the sights. They also did a nice trigger job on the gun. It is set at 5.5lbs and is crisp. Reset seems better on this BHP than the others I own.

JTQ
August 18, 2011, 04:33 PM
LongTimeGone wrote,
The Browning website doesn't seem to offer much info.
Can anyone tell me what the differences are between the standard and mk111 beside appearance?
Everybody interested in Hi-Power's needs to at least make a stop at the late Mr. Camp's "Hi-Power's and Handgun's" site. An outstanding source for information on Hi-Power's and pistols in general.

http://www.hipowersandhandguns.com/

Husker_Fan
August 18, 2011, 05:20 PM
rellascout,
I've shot a few hi-powers, but the only one I own right now is a Charles Daly clone. I already had an idea for what I want in a BHP someday, and the CD is pretty close even if it's an FEG gun. The Uncle Mikes grips are great, and I am a big fan of the single side FEG safety. It already has Novak cuts in the slide, so I may swap out the Express sights at some point. What I really want to do though, is get a BHP and build it up like that one.

GunNut
August 18, 2011, 11:19 PM
GunNut - Is that new or pre-loved? Are those factory grips or aftermarket? Those are the grips I prefer on a BHP but I also prefer the rounded hammer, think Walther PPK. I don't know a bunch of specific model numbers, etc. about BHPs but every one I have every picked up and fired shoots well. Likewise, every single one with the spur hammer I have shot has bitten my on the web between my thumb and forefinger. Ouch!


It's pre-owned but in like new condition. Love the epoxy coating and black grips, although I do have a hankering for some G10 grips.

Haven't had any issues with hammer bite yet, but have not shot it a lot.

viper7342
August 19, 2011, 01:22 AM
viper7342 The model BHP you have is known as a practical.

Thanks rellascout,
I figured someone would enlighten me as to the model name.

dondavis3
August 19, 2011, 09:13 PM
Congratulations on your new Browning Hi Power.

While I don't own the High Power I do own one of it's cousin's.

A Browning BDM in 9mm

http://i742.photobucket.com/albums/xx67/dondavis3/Guns/BrowningBDM9mm2-1.jpg

I love this Browning .. You'll love yours too.

:cool:

bigmike45
August 19, 2011, 09:26 PM
The Hi Power is without a doubt one of the best out there. Here is mine...a matte hard chrome with all Cylinder & Slide fire control parts.
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/mike_seale/BHPTUCKER3.jpg

PT92
August 19, 2011, 09:28 PM
Definitely one of the finest combat pistols ever made. A true classic.

Congratulations!
Took the words right out of my mouth. I know the special forces loved these in Vietnam and many Spec Ops still use it today.

There are just a few pistol designs that will live on forever (Hi-Power, 1911, Beretta 92 etc.).

-Cheers

Grayrock
August 19, 2011, 11:41 PM
I wish mine had more modern sights- but it still is one of my favorites.
http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/medium/Browning11.JPG

LongTimeGone
August 20, 2011, 06:26 PM
As posted previously in this thread, I have been wanting a full size 9mm and debating between a Hi Power and a 92FS.
I went to the range/lgs today to shoot some .22s and fondle the new 92fs they have.
They don't carry new Browning but when I mentioned that I was interested in a hi power they said they had 2 used but they were at the gun show.
The range was way busy so, a 30 minute drive and a little less money than a new Mk111 got me this;

http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm161/skypapa/HiPower.jpg

It a 1977 with the Morgan, Utah and Montreal roll marks.

I went back to the range and bought a box of PMC and shot the box.
It is a really nice shooter.
No problems and I shot it way better than my Kahr PM9.

larryh1108
August 20, 2011, 06:53 PM
I also own a PM9, which I shoot well, but a Hi Power is a totally different gun. It's all steel, has a longer barrel and is a double stack that has excellent balance. A Kahr is a fine, light, short barreled poly pistol for CC and close encounters. Other than both being handguns they are as different as night and day. However, I love them both for what they are. Once you shoot the HP more you should be able to get tight groups at 25+ yards, something the PM9 struggles to do.

LongTimeGone
August 20, 2011, 07:31 PM
Yes, I shoot the pm9 ok, good groups at 7 yds and I front pocket carry it.
And the reasons you stated were why I wanted a full size 9.

PT92
August 20, 2011, 08:34 PM
As posted previously in this thread, I have been wanting a full size 9mm and debating between a Hi Power and a 92FS.
I went to the range/lgs today to shoot some .22s and fondle the new 92fs they have.
They don't carry new Browning but when I mentioned that I was interested in a hi power they said they had 2 used but they were at the gun show.
The range was way busy so, a 30 minute drive and a little less money than a new Mk111 got me this;

http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm161/skypapa/HiPower.jpg

It a 1977 with the Morgan, Utah and Montreal roll marks.

I went back to the range and bought a box of PMC and shot the box.
It is a really nice shooter.
No problems and I shot it way better than my Kahr PM9.
How can you go wrong with either of those iconic legendary models? I chose the 92 (Taurus version) because I shoot it better as it just fits my hand like a glove (I also like the decocker option).

Congrats!

-Cheers

Grayrock
August 20, 2011, 11:52 PM
and I want to know how much a decent Hi-Power is going to cost me
http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=246926028

~$500 on up- depends how hard you look and how lucky you are.

jyo
August 21, 2011, 12:47 PM
Over the years, I have owned many P35s---can't think of a bad one in the bunch---still have three!

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