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The 9mm Hi-Power pistol was introduced to the U.S. market in 1954. Serial numbers from 1954 through 1957 are estimates only. From 1958 on, better records were kept and the serial numbers are more accurate. The 40 S&W caliber was introduced in 1994This pistol is still in production today.
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Classic Gun Review: Belgian Browning Hi-Power Mk I
Nothing got to the 1″ mark, but multiple brands hit the 1 1/2″ to 2″ mark. But this one is a particularly good one. If you accept what the gun was designed for, a double stack military sidearm shooting 115gr ball rounds, the Hi-Power is exceptional. With that round, it’s infinitely reliable and surprisingly accurate. But the trigger is meh, the sights on this model are not good, and it won’t feed modern hollow point ammunition. For a little, or a lot of money, all that can be changed. The end result is a pistol that was great when it was made, and even better now. ...more
What's Wrong With the Hi Power?
For starters it has a magazine disconnect. This means the pistol will not fire if a magazine is not fully inserted. Some consider this a plausible safety feature, arguing if you are wrestling with a bad guy for control of your pistol, you can depress the magazine-release button and, well, just let him have it. during a struggle the magazine-release button gets depressed and the magazine is partially ejected or falls from the pistol, your gun is rendered useless. For what it's worth, the magazine-disconnect button on the Hi Power was part of its original design criteria and is one of the reasons some Hi Power magazines do not drop free. ...more
The Browning Hi-Power: Gun History
Reliability is built into the DNA of the Hi-Power, and I found the HP would do my bidding with no issues. It ran with no malfunctions. Magazine reloads needed to be modified since I had to strip out the empty magazine. Smoothness and speed would be gained with continued training. The Hi-Power is iconic. You can say it is long in the tooth, dated, and insignificant in this age of polymer pistols. ...more