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Old 07-22-2010, 04:21 PM   #1
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Question Browning Hi-Power 40SW

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I need some advice. I am looking to purchase a (new) preferably Hi-Power in 40SW. I need suggestions on where I might do that. I plan on having some custom work performed as I will carry this weapon. I am a novice when it comes to Hi-Powers so be nice to me, lol. I am quite knowledgeable on the 1911 platform and have several as you can see. Any info on the gun specifically and features either positive or negative will be appreciated.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 07-25-2010, 11:46 AM   #2
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Tho it was started by John Moses a Hi power or P35 has never been a favorite of mine.....I've seen few that the trigger pull could go under 4lbs and still be safe and to get down to four takes a lot more work than gettin' a 1911 to two pounds....way back in time in the early USPSA days some hands shot Hi Powers in 9mm....few I saw that were dependable as a 1911.....I don't think I've ever seen a Hi Power in Limited Ten or Limited , may be a good reason the pistols arn't popular in USPSA ....USPSA type matches are a good indicator of how a pistol will run

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Old 07-26-2010, 03:15 PM   #3
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Wild Bill makes good points. However--knew there was gonna be a however, right?--has been that the Hi Power in either .40 or 9mm makes a good carry piece. Especially after a bit of polishing and trigger time. I remove the magazine disconnect feature from mine, that helps too but not everyone is comfortable with that modification.

The silver chrome frames on the Practicals or the ones they used to make that were silver chrome top and bottom--seem to break in better. I'd guess that the trigger pull on one of mine in that finish is down to a little under four pounds, and smooth/crisp.

If I still shot USPSA there would be times I'd pick the HP, in spite of the trigger not being quite as nice as what can be done with a 1911.
Old 07-31-2010, 07:50 PM   #4
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I find it ironic that the pistol that bears his name is NOT one of Browning's finest designs. The trigger is the major drawback.....

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