Worth of this Browning Hi-Power, part II.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Trey Veston, Sep 21, 2021.

  1. Nature Boy
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    Ok, since we’re sharing, I’ll just throw all of mine out there

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    Clockwise, MkIII, P-35, T series

    I’m late to the game but I’m trying to catch up
     
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  2. tark

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    Here we go again. Browning had almost nothing to do with the High power. He submitted a design that was rejected and died in 1926, long before the Hi-power was in production. Dieudonne Saive was the actual, real father of the hi-power. He also gets credit for the FAL and other designs. He was a little known and under appreciated firearms designer.
     
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    I only have one a T-series, made in 68. And one is one more than the number of rounds it has had run through it since it left the factory. It has the tiniest bit of edge wear at the front of the slide ( probably from taking it out of the case to be admired ) and it grades out as a 99% gun. It was given to me as a gift from the man who bought it new and its provenance is unquestioned. I have five original Browning mags he ordered and received with the gun. I think he was going to use it as a carry gun until he realized that the sights and safety weren't the best. That's putting it charitably. Being a collector himself, he just put the gun in the safe, realizing it would increase in value over time.

    And, being a collector myself, I'll do the same.
     

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  4. WVsig

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    If it were mine I would have shot by now. LOL :rofl:

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    My son assures me that when it becomes his, he will shoot the snot out of it. :what:
     
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  6. bannockburn

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    For me it's more like BHP+Pachmayr grips=Perfection!
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    And if I want to "dress up" my Hi-Power a little bit I can always put these Hogue checkered Kingwood grips, that I got from one of my kids for Christmas, on it!
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  7. JDR

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    I have the identical MKII. I like the Pachmayr grips just fine.
     
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    I have a Belgian alloy with an Argentine "Detective" upper with H3 sights on it as a carry gun. :D

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  9. bannockburn

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    I really didn't care for the factory grips which came with the gun. They felt way too slick and slippery and the thumb
    rest on both sides was a bit annoying. So the first thing I did was go out and get some Pachmayr grips. Normally I cut away the front connecting piece of Pachmayr grips on my 1911s as it kind of makes the grip section feel too wide for my smaller size hand. But with the Hi-Power I used the complete set of wrap-around grips. Now they felt perfect and I have kept them on ever since.
     
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  10. JDR

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    I think these guns definitely look nicer with a set of wood grips, particularly the Spegal grips. But I go way back to the 70’s and my Air Force days with these guns, and these guns always felt right in my hand, and pointed properly to a target regardless of the grips these were wearing.

    I think my 9mm 1911 and my CZ 75B are both close in that these feel good in my hand, and point well to a target, but just not quite the same as my BHP’s.
     
  11. Gordon
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    On my greenish Parkerized Nato marked FN Belgian built MK 2 , which now has Novak big tritium sights and the Front strap textured and all C&S fire control parts installed by C&S , I have OD Aluma Grips . I have thiscrazy belief the rear grip frame areas of HP are kinda weak with their one screw hold on system , I know it is paranoia . :) The Aluma Grips work for me very well. I also have Esmeralda Grips on two of my HPs and one "FN" marked Argentinian early 80s civilian 73 type model has VZ Orange and Black cheese Graters to match my .308 AR 10 Carbine :) But those pachys really do feel good on them, I forgot about that.
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  12. Rock185

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    I've been a Hi Power fan since the '60s, but admit I don't know what this or that type HP might be going for now days. You guys sure have some nice ones though. Since my first HP along about '66 or '67, a new T-Series priced at $97.50 + tax IIRC, I've owned a number, i.e., INGLIS, Pre-T, Ts, Cs, MK II, Practical's, tangent, tangent-slotted, GPs, MKIIIs, etc. Used to fancy myself a small time collector, very small time;) Down to just three now, but I think the '89 MKIII I have is the last one I'd want to part with.
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