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North ForestNorth Forest MemberPosts: 358 Member

A few weeks ago I suddenly had the notion that I had to have a Browning Hi Power. So, I checked out GB just to get a price range, and called around to the five gun shops in my area to see if there happened to be anything available. No luck except for one that had a crazy price (1,700). So I passed, and a couple weeks went by with myself being quite busy with work so I really didn't pursue the idea, until one Friday on my way home I spontaneously decided to check out a small local shop. Sure enough, there it was beaming at me through the case, I went to it immediately and asked to check it out. The price was right, and the condition good, just dirty. Looked like someone a long time ago had put 150 rounds through it and then stuck it in a safe for a couple decades. Its a later Mark III, and the serial check puts it as a '95. After waiting for what seemed forever with WA. State's new laws, I finally took my prize home and gave it "the treatment" which revealed that the gun is probably very low miles, and that the magazine disconnect had been removed, a bonus. During the wait, I ordered some mags and these cocobolo grips, and stocked some needed 9mm ammo. Shot it last weekend and instantly was in love, the trigger is light and smooth with quick reset, recoil management is easy, and the natural ergonomics feel great in my hand. Barrel condition is fresh and accuracy excellent. An early Christmas present to myself.


  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 24,984 Senior Member
    How cool is that! Congrats on a handsome pistol indeed.
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • sakodudesakodude Senior Member Posts: 4,551 Senior Member
    Very nice, congrats. The Hi Power is one I have always admired but never acquired. 
  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 4,739 Senior Member
    Love it when a plan comes together. 👍

    Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience -- Mark Twain
    How easy it is to make people believe a lie, and [how] hard it is to undo that work again! -- Mark Twain

  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,464 Senior Member
    Well done!

    Mine has a special place in that it was one of the first semi-autos I ever shot proficiently. 

    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 7,642 Senior Member
    Outstanding!!!!  One of my bucket list guns! 😍
  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,749 Senior Member
    edited December 2019 #7
    After reading "Serpico" as a young teen, I've lusted after one ever since. It's never happened, though.
    Congrats. Yours looks like a really nice one.

    PS....perfect grips for that rig.
    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 12,142 Senior Member
    Congratulations on finding a really nice gun. My buddy has one that bites if you don't grip it properly
    Logistics cannot win a war, but its absence or inadequacy can cause defeat. FM100-5
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 14,203 Senior Member
    On my list too, you picked out some nice grips there, you suck.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • JKPJKP Senior Member Posts: 2,540 Senior Member
  • VarmintmistVarmintmist Senior Member Posts: 7,955 Senior Member
    OHHH OHHH half power porn

    It's boring, and your lack of creativity knows no bounds.
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 7,642 Senior Member
    Diver43 said:
    Congratulations on finding a really nice gun. My buddy has one that bites if you don't grip it properly
    None of Brownings pistols were designed for the ultra high grip we favor today.  If you hold it with your hand lower on the grip so the trigger finger is straight off your hand the bitting goes away as it does on a 1911.  Of course this is not conducive to fast accurate fire, the way we are trained today.
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