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Hi-Power vs 1911

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Savage92, Oct 13, 2007.


Which semi do you prefer

  1. 1911

    81 vote(s)
  2. Hi-Power

    33 vote(s)
  1. Savage92

    Savage92 Well-Known Member

    Which of John Browning's semi autos do you prefer, the 1911 or the Hi-Power.
  2. sholling

    sholling Well-Known Member

    I own both and love both.
  3. redneckrepairs

    redneckrepairs Well-Known Member

    Sorry i cant answer the poll with a straight face .. I own both and love both .
  4. 10-Ring

    10-Ring Well-Known Member

    Yes -- all of the above :D
  5. strat81

    strat81 Well-Known Member

    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.)
  6. HotFuzz

    HotFuzz Member

    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.
  7. Detritus

    Detritus Well-Known Member

    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.
  8. strangelittleman

    strangelittleman Well-Known Member

    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
  9. sb350hp

    sb350hp Well-Known Member

    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.
  10. Silvanus

    Silvanus Well-Known Member

    I voted for the HP. Mainly bacause I prefer high capacity 9mms over low-capacity .45s :D
  11. Noxx

    Noxx Well-Known Member

    The mag safety in my HP had a lifespan of about 5 minutes after I got it home. Vastly improved the trigger.
  12. springmom

    springmom Well-Known Member


  13. Grunt

    Grunt Well-Known Member

    I own both but since the 1911 comes in .45 ACP and the Hi-Power comes only in 9mm, I like the 1911 better.
  14. jaholder1971

    jaholder1971 Well-Known Member

    I carry both, not necessarily at the same time unless they're both in the range bag!
  15. rcellis

    rcellis Well-Known Member

    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.
  16. Fisherman_48768

    Fisherman_48768 Well-Known Member

    4 1911's and 3 BHP's, I chose not to vote as I prefer both over all other autoloaders.
  17. Geno

    Geno Well-Known Member

    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.
  18. mavracer

    mavracer Well-Known Member

    both,although I own 4 1911s and only one BHP, I love them both.
  19. ..

    .. Well-Known Member

    Tough call
  20. possum

    possum Well-Known Member

    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.

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