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Joined the Hi-Power ranks

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by modifiedbrowning, Sep 8, 2008.

  1. modifiedbrowning

    modifiedbrowning Well-Known Member

    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.
  2. Thernlund

    Thernlund Well-Known Member

  3. modifiedbrowning

    modifiedbrowning Well-Known Member

    Anyone have any info on where I can find the year of manufacture?
  4. nalioth

    nalioth Well-Known Member

    Last edited: Sep 9, 2008
  5. kamagong

    kamagong Well-Known Member

    I think your gun was made in 1994.
  6. modifiedbrowning

    modifiedbrowning Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the help guys. Looks like 1994 was the year of manufacture.
  7. Bob79

    Bob79 Well-Known Member

    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.

  8. publiuss

    publiuss Well-Known Member

    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:
  9. weisse52

    weisse52 Well-Known Member

    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.
  10. possum

    possum Well-Known Member

    hey guys what is a thread without pics? come on now! i love hp's and i love pics.
  11. Thernlund

    Thernlund Well-Known Member

    These aren't mine, but I agree about pictures. So I thought I'd oblige ya. ;)




  12. Beagle-zebub

    Beagle-zebub Well-Known Member

    Let's get a pic of Saddam's old Hi-Power in here, too.
  13. 10X

    10X Well-Known Member

    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.
  14. BHPshooter

    BHPshooter Well-Known Member

    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?

  15. Bandit522

    Bandit522 Member

    changed from forged to cast

    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.

  16. Hawk

    Hawk Well-Known Member

    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:

  17. BHPshooter

    BHPshooter Well-Known Member

    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.


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