Browning Hi-Power - The one that didn't get away!!

Browning Hi-Power - The one that didn't get away!!

This is a discussion on Browning Hi-Power - The one that didn't get away!! within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; A couple of months ago, I passed on a really nice '91 MKIII at the gun show here in San Antonio. I was making some ...

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    Browning Hi-Power - The one that didn't get away!!

    A couple of months ago, I passed on a really nice '91 MKIII at the gun show here in San Antonio. I was making some other purchases, and well, I already have one. The individual was asking $650, but allowed as how he'd take $600 cash out the door. I'd been kicking myself ever since, especially every time I see one advertised for $800 or so.

    Well, this past Saturday at the gun show, I spotted the same gentleman, waaaay in the back, away from the highest traffic areas, and lo and behold, the BHP was still there in his case. Since I'd looked at it before, I knew it was in practically new condition and came with the original box and manual.

    I waited until there was no one else around to get in the way, wandered up and offered $550 cash. He countered with $600, I countered with $575, then we settled on $580. So, I saved $20 by not buying the first time. Of course, it was because of keen observation and cleverness (er, blind dumb luck) that I managed to find it was still there.

    So, I now have a matte-finish '91 MKIII with the black grips to go with my shiny blue '95 Standard. It'll get a trip to Cline's Trigger Shop for mag disconnect removal and trigger tune-up and it'll be good to go. My young bride really likes the factory plastic grips with the thumb groove. My standard has Craig Spegel's. And since I've already got the HBE Com III for IWB carry and the UBG Regulator for OWB, I'm definitely cookin' with Hi-Power!

    I feel so much better now that I've corrected my egregious error in judgement to let it go by the first time!


    Thank you, John Moses Browning!
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    Rod
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    Way cool buy. My buddy (Ridgeline) will be so jealous........
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    Nicely done and nice gun!

    Nothing like that, "...keen observation and cleverness..." and of course blind dumb luck helps sometimes too - LOL.
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    I am green with envy and am waiting until I have extra cash.
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    Nice gun and deal Rod!! My HP has Speagals too thanks to you! Camera is dead. I'll post new one's with your old grips soon. My HP has become my favorite right hand man. It really goes great with the new grips and the HBE COM III

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sportsterguy View Post
    Nice gun and deal Rod. My HP has Speagals too thanks to you! Camera is dead. I'll post new one's with your old grips soon. My HP has become my favorite right hand man. It really goes great with the new grips and the HBE COM III
    I guess great (?) minds do think alike!

    Being an old-school, single-action kinda guy, the Hi-Power really suits me, as does the 1911. And with the price of 9mm vs. .45 these days, it makes for more fun times at the range.

    And just for fun, here's my '95 Standard w/ the Craig Spegel cocobolo grips.
    Cheers,
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    Nice find, good negotiating.

    Mine isn't as pretty, but it shoots fine for being 64 years old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LastManOut View Post
    Nice find, good negotiating.

    Mine isn't as pretty, but it shoots fine for being 64 years old.
    So, would that be an Inglis model?
    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodc13 View Post
    So, would that be an Inglis model?
    Never heard of that one. This is an FNH WWII 'bring back' w/markings, papers and all.
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    That was my first gun, still have it. My wife loves shooting i.t

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    Quote Originally Posted by LastManOut View Post
    Never heard of that one. This is an FNH WWII 'bring back' w/markings, papers and all.
    Very cool! The Inglis model is the one they made in Canada during WWII, so I was thinking the same era as yours.
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    Nice Browning, everyone shouldown one. I'm jealous of ya having two.
    I've had many 1911's and the one I have left is about 25 years old. But my favorite handgun is my Hi-Power. I've shot a lot of different guns over the years and owned a lot. I have Glocks and a Kahr and a bunch of revolvers. About the only guns I've not kept around have been DA/SA types. Don't like Sigs or Beretta's and just got rid of a CZ because of this. I prefer a trigger that works one way. Single action or double action but not both on the same gun.
    Got rid of the most accurate pistol I've ever had because the Beretta 92F was Da/SA.
    Glad to have aother member of the Hi-Power Admiration Society.
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    Very nice, got to love the HP, JMB's classiest design IMO.
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    I prefer a CZ75 (preB) over a P-35, but a HP over a 1911.

    The HP is a great gun, but older guns have small controls for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clarkston_cz View Post
    I prefer a CZ75 (preB) over a P-35, but a HP over a 1911.

    The HP is a great gun, but older guns have small controls for me.
    Easily cure for the controls. Whip out your VISA and go to Brownells for a enjoyable shopping spree.
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