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    Fallen in love with another John Browning creation

    His final creation actually, the Hi Power. I have a few of the usual 9mm, and the ones used most often in service. Walther P38, Beretta 92S, CZ75. Some modern ones like the Beretta PX4, Glock 19, and Walther PPQ. In 45 I have a Colt 1911, albeit a series 80. Somehow I have never shot or held a Hi Power.

    Along came an example in truly excellent condition. High gloss blue. The red lined "leather" bag and manual. A C series classic from 1973. From the moment I held it I knew I had to have it. Everything just fit in my hand, it's slim, points with ease, and I even liked the trigger. ( I suspect some work, although I can find almost no evidence of this gun being fired) There's a simple elegance to this firearm that appeals to me, and I am sure they aren't going down in price any time soon now that production has ceased. The sights are "elementary" I suppose, but every gun has some weak point.

    This example has the serial number on the front grip strap. Other than proofs there is nothing but the Utah/Montreal stamp on the left of the slide.

    Anyway, here's a few pictures. For some reason this gun just floors me and I could look at the finish all day. (and I'm not huge on semis usually)
    I hope some of you enjoy this diversion too.
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    Outstanding pistol. I just put good Novak sights on them and get rid of the magazine safety and you are ****ing in tall cotton.
    SKW

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    Ive never owned one but I dont think Ive ever had a gun that felt as good in my hand. Hope to own one someday.




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    Spiegel type grips make them feel even better too.
    Brassmonkey and LEO918 like this.
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    Excellent, enjoy. As I've said before, all Brownings are Fabulous!
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    hearsedriver, Mach 1 Arsenal still has some Israeli surplus ones. I picked one up and it is a very good shooter.
    "Let courage rise with danger, and strength to strength oppose."
    DeaconKC at surplusrifleforum.com

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    "An elegant weapon for a more civilized age."

    Best regards,
    My opinion is free, and worth every penny of it.

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    It is a strange and wonderful thing when a piece of machinery can evoke such sensibilities in humans.
    There are some combinations of human creation that possess a singular element of near perfection as can be achieved. It is the stuff of fine art. It is what gives us the 'feelin' that only a well executed example of man's capability can provide. If Michaelangelo or Divinci were ordnance engineers, they would have built the Hi-power, but they were not. So John Moses Browning got the ball rollin'. It is one of the mysteries of the natural course of evolution. It doesn't really need explanation; it only needs to be appreciated.


    There are many great pistols.
    Is there a pistol that sums it up better than an M-35 FN High Power?

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    Best

    9mm Pistol

    Ever!

    You pickup up a good-lookin' example Brassmonkey! Thanks for the good photographs.

    Here's the one here.






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    Quote Originally Posted by Monsai52 View Post
    "An elegant weapon for a more civilized age."

    Best regards,
    That's how I refer to revolvers.

    The ring hammer on the Hi Power is a thing of beauty.


 
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