This is a discussion on Was the Browning Hi-Power Still the Best Combat Pistol in the World in 1975?? within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Well, I finished watching all of the "Carlos" mini-series episodes. After his initial spectacular attacks while based in Western Europe, he operated out of Budapest ...
Well, I finished watching all of the "Carlos" mini-series episodes. After his initial spectacular attacks while based in Western Europe, he operated out of Budapest for some time. For his own personal handgun, he ended up buying a SIG P210 for himself. It is featured several times, once during a shootout with Hungarian Secret Agents, and another time in a confrontation with them.
It was a very interesting series, highlighting how so many governments sponsor terrorists for their own ends. Carlos was actually paid $4 Million by Gaddafi to assassinate President Anwar Sadat of Egypt, something that I never knew. Just before Carlos was able to implement his elaborate planned attack on Sadat, however, the Muslim Brotherhood beat him to killing Sadat. Gaddafi was very pissed, as he had wanted to be the one to kill Sadat for making peace with Israel.
The show really highlights what a deep tradition that both Libya and Syria have of helping terrorists.
At various times Carlos worked for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Gaddafi, and Syria. The Syrians even abused their diplomatic privileges by shipping arms and explosives to Carlos via diplomatic freight, thus avoiding any inspection. Just before he was finally captured in 1994, he was talking to the Iranians about doing favors for them too.
(1) - I prefer the harder hitting .357 over the 9mm
(2) - I love the Browning so much I'm afraid something will happen to it if I carry it.
I think the BHP has the most beautiful and classic look of any handgun. It is by far my favorite pistol.
I watched the show (all three) on sundance on demand after reading the post; it was great! I was a kid when a lot of this happened so I remember some of it from the news but never made the connection until I watched it. It was very well done!
Well, but what could have been considered better to use then? The CZ 75 and SIG P220 were not yet available. Both the Syrians and Libyans gave him many millions of dollars when he was working for them. He basically could get whatever equipment he wanted.
The SIG P210 was available, and the Sundance Miniseries showed him choosing it for his own personal pistol in the years following the big attack on OPEC. But then the BHP holds 62% more cartridges than the SIG P210 does, which is a significant advantage in ammo capacity.
Carlos is 61 years old now, and has filed lawsuits against the French in the European Court of Human Rights, claiming that his harsh imprisonment by them is inhumane, and constitutes torture. However, all of his lawsuits failed. Carlos is kept in a very small, Spartan cell, in total solitary confinement. However, he did kill 3 French policemen, which is probably why the French treat him so badly.
President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela considers him to be one of the greatest Venezuelans to have ever lived, and admires him greatly.
Here is a photo taken of Carlos the Jackal back in 1994, when he was finally captured. He was already obese and prematurely aging, when this photo was taken over 16 years ago.
I used to want a BHP in the mid-late 80's. The kids were young, and the bills were plenty. For obvious reasons, I went with 1911, and Sig pistols, instead.
Fast is good but accurate is better.
If I had only one pistol today and it was a Browning Hi Power I would feel perfectly secure. I think the idea of a "best pistol" is fatuous. If one is accurate and reliable with any firearm it is sufficient.
Have never owned one but have shot several over the years, one of the best feeling and handling pistols I have ever shot. Even today in 2013 I still think it might be the best 9mm ever made.
This is a 15 round pistol, a classic, and it doesn't jam
Browning HPs, and 1911s, are some of the best feeling handguns made. I own a Sig 226, and it's ugly, cumbersome, but reliable.
If it's not...it's not out of the running for the title.
There are no dangerous weapons; there are only dangerous men.--RAH
...man fights with his mind; the weapons are incidental.--Jeff Cooper
There is a reason they try and make small bullets act like big bullets--Glockmann10mm