i ordered a browning practical 9mm from my local dealer, and when i went to pick it up i grabbed a box of corbon +P ammo to suppliment my WWB. the gun manager told me that the browning hi-power would not stand up to +P ammo, and recommended that i consider the .40 version if i wasnt comfortable with 9mm luger (same price on both guns). i decided to wait on purchasing either until i get more info.
my first thought was to call browning customer service, who told me that they do not recommend +P ammo in the hi-power. they would not elaborate or give me any information other than its not recommended.
i got online and started to research the issue, and landed on an article by massad ayoob where he stated on page 2:
"From Venezuela to Great Britain, I've seen quantities of broken Brownings in government arsenals whose slides and frames were cracked by the brutal hammering of 9x19 NATO ammo. +P and +P+ loads also seem to be contraindicated. Listen to Bill Laughridge, who said to me, "Tell your readers in all caps, DON'T USE +P IN HI-POWERS! It's been my experience that even a few magazines of +P will upset the locking lugs."
so far this is discouraging. ive owned hi-powers in the past and never had trouble running +P ammo through them, but this gun is different because at this stage in my life i never sell my guns unless they fail to feed or fire. on the one hand i dont want to damage a weapon i plan to keep, but on the other hand i just dont feel confident in the 9mm luger round. the article went on to recommend:
"Laughridge says that the trick set-up is to get a .40 Hi-Power and convert it to 9mm. Now it will take the hottest 9mm without damage, have even less recoil than the original 9mm P-35, and be convertible to .40 S&W at will."
this is an option i suppose, but is it really necessary? if i were to get a .40 to convert, id much rather convert it to .357 auto anyway.
one thing i noticed about holding the practical was that the web of my hand looked like it could easily get pinched by the hammer. my bodyfat content is around 12% currently so its not an issue of being fat. am i just used to the beavertails on my 1911s? is this "normal"? i dont remember ever being concerned with this in the past, but i sure noticed it today.
im trying to make up my mind what i want to do. id really enjoy having another practical but if +P ammo is an issue id rather just get another 1911 or glock. i just dont have much confidence in a standard 9mm luger round and any pistol that couldnt reliably cycle +P ammo would be a waste of money for me.