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Finding a NIB Hi-Power: Easier Said Than Done

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Tecolote, Sep 19, 2013.

  1. Tecolote

    Tecolote Well-Known Member

    I've been on a quest for a NIB Browning Hi-Power at a reasonable price, but so far nada! I found one at a local sporting chain but they wanted $899.99 plus tax. For kicks I asked to see it. The surly sales guy pulled out the mag, sling shot the slide on an empty chamber, tried and tried to fire it without a mag, worked the slide again and again letting it fly on an empty chamber each time, slammed in the mag, fired it and finally handed it to me. Sorry, but for a grand I would prefer something that hasn't been treated worse than a urinal at Oktoberfest.

    When did NIB Hi-Powers get so darn pricey?
  2. tarosean

    tarosean Well-Known Member

    You gotta pay to play for a NIB one... They have been more expensive then others for as long as I can remember.
  3. sirgilligan

    sirgilligan Well-Known Member

    Last year some NIB on Gallery Of Guns / Gun Genie were around $700 for a while, it was the 75th Anniversary models that hadn't sold if I recall correctly.

    The price also depends on the model.
    My blued with walnut grips and adjustable sights was around $850.
    My blued with walnut grips and fixed sights was around $825.
  4. HOOfan_1

    HOOfan_1 Well-Known Member

    Anything with Browning's name on the side carries about a 5% "look I bought a Browning" fee. Then there is the fact that they are pretty complicated, all steel guns, which don't sell enough to bring the price down.
  5. tomrkba

    tomrkba Well-Known Member

    There was a NIB Browning Hi-Power MK III in 9mm at my LGS a month or so ago. It was priced at $950. I remember buying a pair of BHP 40's for $600-650 each in the late 90's. It's too bad.
  6. Outlaw Man

    Outlaw Man Well-Known Member

    I paid $25 for mine.

    I won it in a raffle. :D

    Honestly, having both a real Browning and an FEG, I'd pass on the Browning at any price close to $900. My $300 FEG (that, honestly, I've put a lot of time and work into...and bought twice - long story) shoots pretty much just as good and is just as reliable. I might pick up a used Browning if the price was right, though.
  7. wow6599

    wow6599 Well-Known Member

    I bought one from them about 18 months ago for about $750.
    I get it that some folks don't like the "anniversary" type firearms, but I thought it was down-played and looks nice.
  8. txgunsuscg

    txgunsuscg Well-Known Member

    They've always been pricey, at least as long as I've been looking. I look for used ones now, like the Israeli imports, or guys getting rid of theirs because they don't use them.
  9. JTQ

    JTQ Well-Known Member

    I agree with many of the above posters, they have always been expensive. The only new ones that I've seen in the past decade+ that seemed like bargains to me were a bunch of Hi-Power's that came in with FN roll marks several years back for around $450. The were very good looking, but all were equipped with the SFS system. I passed at the time, but of course with 20/20 hindsight, I should have picked up a couple of them.

    I also saw some odd, camo finished Hi-Power's a few years back. They were priced attractively around $600, but then, I didn't want a camo finished Hi-Power either.
  10. JTQ

    JTQ Well-Known Member

    The other thing that has already been mentioned is the general cost of metal framed guns.

    We've lived with polymer guns for so long, I think many of us forget that building a gun with a metal frame is more costly than the polymer framed guns.

    We all think of $1,000+ Colt 1911's and costly SIG's and think that's just because Colt and SIG are price gouging on their name alone. It is more likely that they cost more to make than their Glock, and M&P competition because of the materials.

    In the 1980's, I bought a Colt Combat Elite and an S&W 4506. They essentially cost the same. If S&W were still selling their metal framed auto's, they'd probably cost around $1,000 (same ballpark as the Hi-Power) rather than in the $500 - $600 range of all the polymer pistols people have become used to buying.
  11. bainter1212

    bainter1212 Well-Known Member

    AIM just sold off a batch of imported alloy framed surplus HPs a few weeks back....the guns looked well used. These would have been prime candidates for some custom work done by a good 'smith.

    A used gun that has some work done to it (new barrel, springs, smooth & tune for reliability, trigger job, metal refinish etc) is just as good as a NIB pistol (IMHO) and you may even get a gun that turns out to be more accurate than a new one.

  12. SFsc616171

    SFsc616171 Well-Known Member

    re Finding a NIB Hi-Power: Easier Said Than Done

    As far as being pricey, BHP's are one of the few pistols that have been in production, almost as long as the 1911. (1911 - 1935). Remember, it has been the pistol, in most of the places that the 1911 hasn't!

    When I bought what folks on this board have called 'fugly', digi-camo MKIII, I paid $949.00.

    You are looking at one of the original top guns, in the world of steel guns.

    I knew it was pricey, when I looked in the catalogue at the LGS, but it is the quality of the piece, and, you cannot find many autoloaders that have as part of the original design specs, to put rounds inside of a coffee cup at 64.5 yds, and still down an opponent.
  13. Gary A

    Gary A Well-Known Member

    I primarily like single action revolvers but in the past couple of years I came across a new 75th Ann Hi Power at my LGS and bought it. Sometime later they had an epoxy finished Mk III that they had special ordered for someone who did not come through and buy it. I bought it also. I'm probably done buying Hi Powers now. Were they expensive relative to other firearms that would do the same thing? Yes, they were. Am I wealthy? No, I'm not. I figuredf I'm going to have one nice 9mm pistol, why not a classic? Then I figured, if I'm going to have two nice 9mm pistols, why not two classics?

    I am no gun expert but handling a Hi Power is a noticeably different experience than handling most pistols. It is truly an elegant pistol.

    I doubt they would be hard to sell should I ever want to do so.

    I don't regret buying them.
  14. Pilot

    Pilot Well-Known Member

    How are Browning Hi Powers complicated? They are a more simple design than a 1911 which IMHO is not complicated at all.

    The BHP is expensive because it is worth it. Yes, it has become almost a boutique gun, but used ones are out there at decent prices if you look.
  15. HOOfan_1

    HOOfan_1 Well-Known Member

    Compared to modern polymer designs, they are complicated.

    No injection molded frames. No easy slip in fire control groups. More hand fitting, and more care of assembly required.
  16. dogtown tom

    dogtown tom Well-Known Member

    Absolute nonsense.

    The HP is one of the least complicated handguns ever. No one is saying its easier to work on than a Glock, but it's definitely less complicated than Sigs or Berettas.
  17. HOOfan_1

    HOOfan_1 Well-Known Member

    HUGE Edit: cut out a bunch of superfluous mess

    Ok, I understand the Hi-Power is not a complicated gun.

    But isn't it more complicated to produce from raw material to finished product than cheaper polymer guns?
    Isn't it more complicated to forge and mill a steel frame versus injection molding a polymer frame.

    The 1911, Metal SIGs and Berettas are not cheap guns either, unless produced in borderline third world countries.

    If we want to compare the Hi-Power to something that costs a lot less, made of similar materials and is probably just as complicated to assemble, what about the CZ-75
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2013
  18. pittspilot

    pittspilot Well-Known Member

    I am so happy I picked a CDNN FN Hi-power when those things were $399. I don't think I could bring myself to pay $950 for one.
  19. SFsc616171

    SFsc616171 Well-Known Member

  20. Fremmer

    Fremmer Well-Known Member

    Yup you're just gonna have to pay more, and Brownings ain't cheap. Their hunting rifles can get expensive, too, especially the semi autos. Iirc, their shotguns are pricey, too.

    See why I stick with the buckmark?!? Lol

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