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Old 11-19-2012, 08:00 AM   #1
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Browning HP Diff

I am new to the forum. I posted this in the general portion of the forum. This is the revised and more to the point. I am interested in a Browning HP.
There are two models. Mark III and HP, I have been trying to find the differences between the two.
I have been reading about HPs. Other than their appearance and fixed and adj. sites
I read the Mark III is the Military and law enforcement model and
standard is for consumers. Are there any other differences.
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:44 AM   #2
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These days what's offered is the Standard and Mark III models. Standard has blued finish, Mark III the black epoxy. Mark III is much more durable for carry, the Standard nicer to look at.

Be advised that if you want to remove the magazine disconnect from either, the trigger pins are in place through the frame pretty snug. In my experience the epoxy-based finish of the Mark III makes moving that pin very very difficult. Follow the instructions listed elsewhere on here for doing this surgery, if you desire to perform it yourself.

The "pro" side of doing this is an improved trigger pull, and magazines will drop out freely when the button is pushed. Some folks feel it can be a bad idea liability wise and leave the disconnect in place.

If you hunt BHP's on the used market you might be fortunate enough to find a Practical (two tone) or Silver Chrome variant.

All the ones I mentioned were made in the "Mark III era", (just a term I use for clarity) which means they feature a dovetailed front sight and the factory-made ambidextrous safety. Go back further into their manufacturing history and you can find HP's with the old-style single side small safety lever and non-dovetailed front sight. Doing mods on those guns' aforementioned parts can get trickier and more spendy.

Feel free to read up on this forum for way more details than my short synopsis offers.
Old 11-19-2012, 09:39 AM   #3
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The bottom line is the two guns are Identical internally.
Old 11-20-2012, 08:00 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by ema357 View Post
The bottom line is the two guns are Identical internally.
Maybe I made a mistake in your question, but the MK III is different than the earlier models, for example:

There are some differences, relatively minor, but there. MK III has a different sear lever with a paddle end to move a firing pin safety. The extractor is shaped differently than other external extractors. The newer sear springs have a notch in them.

The oldest GP-35 pistols have internal extractors. There are other differences along the way.


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Old 11-21-2012, 08:17 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by ema357 View Post
The bottom line is the two guns are Identical internally.

Yes, all Post firing pin block equipped Mk2's, Mk3's, Silver Chrome's, Practical's and Standard Models are internally the same.

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